Windows 10 to be free for Win 8/8.1 users, low-cost upgrade for Win 7? With Microsoft shamefully preventing Windows 7 from upgrading with apps and settings intact to Windows 8.1, it appears this will be rectified with the Windows 10 OS upgrade. An article at IBI Times points to another at Softpedia which suggests the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade will let Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users upgrade with apps and settings intact. This will be great if it happens, because Windows 7 users are currently unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1 with apps and settings intact. Windows 7 users can only upgrade with apps and settings intact to Windows 8, and guess what? Windows 8 is no longer on sale, putting Windows 7 users who want to upgrade to Windows 8.1 at a real disadvantage, forcing them to re-install all their software. Both IBI Times and Softpedia are also suggesting that Windows 8 and 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge, and that Windows 7 users will only have to pay a ‘small fee’ to upgrade. They’re getting the upgrade information from a tweet by Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul, who answered David Ball’s question (@Dave_256) on 29 December 2014. @Dave_256 asks: “@GabeAul I know that XP will require new installs but is there a direct upgrade path from Vista to #Windows10 ?”. Gabriel Aul, @GabeAul, answers: “@Dave_256 Same for Vista as XP. The only full upgrade paths currently supported are Win7 and newer.” However, when it comes to what Windows 10 will or won’t cost various users, @GabeAul says in a tweet: “@abhip1703 We haven't announced anything about pricing for Win10 yet, stay tuned.” He also tells another user who asks for more information about Windows 10: “@Stevae We have an event coming up on Jan 21st. We'll share more news and info then.” Our article on the forthcoming new Windows 10 preview, expected to be consumer focused and containing the Siri-like Cortana intelligent assistant and more consumer features can be read here. iTWire's Ray Shaw also published an extensive article today looking at Microsoft's plans for its Windows 10 future, entitled 'The Empire Strikes Back - about time!' which is definitely worth reading - here! http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/...or-win-8-81-users-low-cost-upgrade-for-win-7?