- More IT stuff! Win10 – how much??
Its a bit of a joke really. I’ve known of hooky copies of 7 upgraded to 10 with Accessibility thrown over the top. This then activates with a legit licence. Who knows what we have coming our way with future Current Branch updates….Nothing is ever free in this life! 😀
Reminds me of an album cover.
Posted 7 months ago
If you buy a genunine copy of Win10 from Microsoft, in the UK it’s listed as around £220
But, a quick google turns up people selling it for as little as £30
So, what’s the catch? Is it a legit copy, the deal of the century, or total scam??
Anyone got any experience?Posted 7 months agoeskayMemberPosted 7 months ago
Del – Member
got a link eskay? sounds interesting!GlennQuagmireMember
I got Win10 for both my mum and my nan who were on Vista previously for no more than a few quid each. Up and running in no time too.
The upgrade from Vista to Windows 10 is still free – I did this very recently.Posted 7 months ago
The upgrade from Vista to Windows 10 is still free
From Win7, not Vista. Officially, the Win7/Win8 upgrade is not free for regular users, but the accessibility upgrade is free. You just need to say you have accessibility issues. Do it when you’re blind drunk to avoid having to lie.Posted 7 months agodeadkennySubscriber
eskay – Member
I bought a Lattepanda for a work project this week. It is pretty much a Windows version of a raspberry pie. It was £95 including a pre-installed Win10 license.
For plain IoT use, you can also get Windows 10 IoT for an actual Raspberry Pi, and it’s free. Just don’t expect to see a desktop. IoT isn’t about running a desktop OS anyway.
If you want a cheap full Win 10 OS then the above sort of thing is okay, though typically underpowered, especially in the graphics department. Win 10 IoT is less power hungry as it’s really only running basic core of the OS an one or two apps. Though problem at the moment with the Pi version of it is they still don’t have graphics drivers so it’s running slow graphically.Posted 7 months ago
You just need to say you have accessibility issues.
No you don’t.
In order to use that, you have to click a button claiming that “Yes, I use assistive technologies and I am ready for my upgrade to Windows 10.” If you don’t say that you have accessibility issues, you can’t use that offer. Pretty simple really.Posted 7 months ago
From memory, you run the installer, it installs. At one point it asks you for a licence key, which can be any valid Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 key. There is no “assisted technologies route” that I’m aware of, the only time it’s mentioned is on that web page you linked to telling you it’s still free.
I could be wrong here though, I’ve not installed it for a little while now so could be misremembering. I’ll check it when I’m in work next week.Posted 7 months ago
Officially, the free upgrade from Win7 or Win8 is finished. If you have already upgraded an installation to Win10 and want to reinstall, then there is no problem. However, if you want to do a new upgrade, officially you have to pay for an upgrade licence. However, if you use the assistive technologies upgrade, it is apparently still free, but you are legally making a claim that you have accessibility issues. Microsoft obviously don’t care, they want people to upgrade, but it does mean that they could revoke the authentication if they wanted to.Posted 7 months ago
I agree with everything you’ve just said bar the last sentence. You’re arguably outside of their licensing terms, like you are if you use one of those $10 OEM licences mentioned earlier, but there’s no differentiation at a technical level. An install is an install, once your machine is registered on MS’s activation servers that’s it. Microsoft neither knows nor cares whether you’re using accessibility features.Posted 7 months ago
Yes, but people are buying dodgy OEM Win7 licences and upgrading to Win10, which MS might clamp down on. In Asia, dodgy Windows licences are a big thing, so that is potentially something MS might decide to put an end to. Probably won’t happen, but MS do have a reputation for surprising people.Posted 7 months ago
Again: there is no technical difference. They can’t “put an end” to transferring unused W7 OEM licences as there is no mechanism by which they could tell the difference. They could readily revoke the free upgrade process by stopping new installs from accepting keys from previous versions of course, but that won’t affect anyone who has already upgraded. Once a PC is registered as being licensed for W10 that’s the way it stays.
I’ve no idea about “dodgy” licences in Asia I’m afraid. Are you talking about OEM licences or counterfeits?Posted 7 months agodeadkennySubscriber
They’re not so fussed about the licencing now except in corporates. Microsoft’s money making is now in services. That’s why Win 10 is the last actual version for sale. Technically still sold but mostly would come with a new PC or volume packs for enterprise environments, but otherwise that’s the last you’ll pay. Just free upgrades to the latest feature update.Posted 7 months agoH1ghland3rSubscriber
The softwaregeeks link is completely legit, I’ve bought 3-4 Win10 licenses from them. You get a key sent to you, download the Win10 install from Microsoft and enter the key when prompted.
It’s an OEM license which is the only difference with respect to the retail copies at £200+, the only real difference is you might have to do an automated phonecall to reactivate the license if you change the motherboard of your PC.
Also, with respect to Win10 tracking concerns..
Been using that since Win10 launched and it allows you to completely control what Win10 does with respect to tracking and reporting back to Microsoft, just have to re-run it after a major update (I usually rerun it after patch Tuesday every month).Posted 7 months ago
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