Microsoft Turned Down Promise For Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Ali Salman
Posted 1 year ago

Interest and confusion over who will be able to install Windows 10 keeps piling up as the release date nears in. As of the previous news, we know that Windows 10 will be available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users free of charge. The offer lasts within a 12 month time period after the arrival of the upgrade. As a prerequisite, you will have to reserve your copy which will be prompted on the Taskbar via an update from Microsoft.


While the confusion lasted, it was presumed that users running the Windows Vista and Windows XP will be left out without a free upgrade to Windows 10. Pity! This meant these users will have to buy a costly full genuine copy of the update and install it manually. The copy will probably cost $119, which by word is quite expensive as compared to a free upgrade. However, Maximum PC the previous day found out a way that Microsoft will provide users with a free upgrade if they install the latest Window 10 Insider Preview. It turns out that Microsoft’s promise for Windows XP and Vista users have been a false alarm. More on this below

Microsoft Sneakily Got Away From A Free Windows 10 Upgrade

The method induced by Microsoft to install the Insider Preview of Window 10 and get the update when it arrives have been slightly altered. Previously, it said that users who receives the final build of Windows 10 and will remain activated after that. now the company has carefully removed the activation stanza. Clearly there seems to be a little miscommunication between Microsoft and the outside world. The company cleared that only the genuine users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive the official upgrade as part of their operation.


The preview method was confirmed on Twitter by Microsoft’s Gabe Aul. Aul states, “As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA (Microsoft Account) you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated,” Henceforth, Microsoft clearly changed course and denied free upgrade method for Windows XP and Vista users and any other who supported technical details.

New Low for Microsoft: Removes the 'X' Button from Windows 10 Upgrade Dialog

This might affect large scale organisations and businesses while it may still work for domestic users. The method will work still work, however there might be no authentication from Microsoft. So, if you do not own a genuine Window 7 or 8.1, your plans to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 might be put to rest unless you go for the preview method and consider no official authentication from Microsoft’s board. That’s to it folks. Comment your thoughts on the misconception or lack in communication by Microsoft.

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