windows 10 still free?

clownfish27

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yes, at least for the 3 pack windows 7 upgrade license i bought years ago. i've been using the same key for a bunch of new w10 full installs of my computers.
 

Newbie_52

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Just did this yesterday, old HP desktop with win7. installed win10 and used the win7 key to activate just fine. I've also took a old win7 laptop that i had installed linux on it and used that win7 key to activate win10 on a VM and it worked.
 

polonyc2

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I do a clean install every time a major new feature update is released and it's still free...looks like they're dropping 19H2 in October so time for another clean install...
 

x509

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I do a clean install every time a major new feature update is released and it's still free...looks like they're dropping 19H2 in October so time for another clean install...
And every single time you have to re-install all your programs and restore all your data???
 

polonyc2

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And every single time you have to re-install all your programs and restore all your data???
I don't mind...takes around 5 hours total...I've written down all the steps plus all my W10 and program tweaks to make it quicker
 

dbwillis

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Yes, W7 key still works for a fresh W10 install, did one this AM, no issues at all
 

Executioner

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I thought that It can't work on a fresh install (unless the PC has previously been activated for Win10). The Win10 installer has to see a licensed install of Win 7 or 8.
 

dvsman

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Did you log in the system to your microsoft / hotmail / outlook account? If so that machine / serial # has been put into your account and it should work now all the time (for that particular mobo). If you swap mobos, it will likely trigger a re-activation request. I've had no problems swapping SSDs or CPUs but as soon as the mobo gets pulled (even replaced it with another one of the same make / model) and it requested another activation / re-activation.
 

ThreeDee

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Win 7 keys still work on fresh comparable 10 installs (ie .. Windows 7 Home=Windows 10 Home, Windows 7 Pro=Windows 10 Pro ..etc )
 

B00nie

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I don't mind...takes around 5 hours total...I've written down all the steps plus all my W10 and program tweaks to make it quicker
Heh if I had to spend 5 hours per year fixing a mess the OS left, I would dump the OS in a heartbeat.
 

B00nie

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I'm sure you spend more hours then that fixing the mess Linux leaves :D
You're wrong. Linux is far more stable than Windows and I can choose myself what to update and not. I put my parents on linux for the exact reason. 10 years ago I got sick and tired having to go every other week to deal with the mess of malware and other problems with Windows. After I put them on linux I do one service check per year and that's it.

Having said that, I did refurbish a Windows10 laptop to my aunt two years ago and it still hasn't croaked.
 
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