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Windows 10 to be free for Win 8/8.1 users, low-cost upgrade for Win 7?

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  1. ireland

    ireland Active member

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    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?
     
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    Microsoft to Offer Direct Upgrades Only for Windows 7, 8.1 Users

    We've already told you that Windows XP computers can be upgraded to Windows 10 using the standalone ISO provided by Microsoft, but Windows Insider boss Gabriel Aul has just confirmed that full upgrade paths to Windows 10 would only be provided for Windows 7 and newer OS versions.

    In other words, customers who are still running Windows XP and Vista on their computers will have no other option to switch to Windows 10 than a full reinstall, which means that apps and settings will obviously be lost.

    On the other hand, those on Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be able to preserve all of these, which is kind of great news for those who are waiting to get their hands on Windows 10 in mid-2015.

    While this isn't yet confirmed, some people close to the matter revealed that Microsoft is planning to make Windows 10 upgrades not only faster and smoother for Windows 7 and 8 users, but also more affordable.

    Word has it that moving from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 will be completely free, while those on Windows 7 might only have to pay a very small fee. Everyone else, including those on Windows XP, might have to pay the full price of the product, sources say.

    Of course, this could really help Microsoft boost early adoption of the operating system and make it a lot more appealing than Windows 8, as the core operating system failed to meet expectations and generated confusion and criticism against the Redmond-based software giant.

    Windows 10 is expected to come out in the second half of 2015, but more details on this release schedule are likely to be provided next month during an event focused on the consumer experience with the new operating system.

    http://www.softpedia.com/blog/Micro...des-Only-for-Windows-7-8-1-Users-468704.shtml
     
  3. megadunderhead

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    man i hope so because by macintosh having there o.s for free there getting a lot more business then they have in the past.
     
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    Great news if it's true. But I'd rather waiting some time before upgrading from Windows 7
     

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