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Offline steve58

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Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:03:04 PM »
So, today my wife finally handed over her old Windows 7 laptop to let me put a fresh install on it.  I managed (with the help of MS Tech Support :o (had to call them)) to use a Windows 7 Pro Upgrade DVD to get an activated Windows 7 Pro license installed (yay me). 

I've been checking the internetz and still see articles dated 2021 that you can still download/install Windows 10 for free, so decided to push on further.  :-\

Downloaded the MS Media Creation Tool onto an USB drive and proceeded.  After an hour or so, I now have what looks to be an activated Windows 10 Pro license on her old laptop.  Letting it do some updates, so hopefully its still good tomorrow.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2021, 05:23:18 PM by steve58 »
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Re: Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2021, 05:59:47 AM »
So, today my wife finally handed over her old Windows 7 laptop to let me put a fresh install on it.  I managed (with the help of MS Tech Support :o (had to call them)) to use a Windows 7 Pro Upgrade DVD to get an activated Windows 7 Pro license installed (yay me). 

I've been checking the internetz and still see articles dated 2021 that you can still download/install Windows 10 for free, so decided to push on further.  :-\

Downloaded the MS Media Creation Tool onto an USB drive and proceeded.  After an hour or so, I now have what looks to be an activated Windows 10 Pro license on her old laptop.  Letting it do some updates, so hopefully its still good tomorrow.

I recall this 'offer' to have been expired some time ago.
Windows 10 will often operate for a few days without a license until it starts to nag you about it.
There are some cheap options however. Let us know if you do run into trouble.
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Re: Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2021, 06:05:03 AM »
Had you installed Win10 on the computer once before, when the free offer first came out, and then rolled back to Win 7?
Win10 detects your particular motherboard's digital ID during installation and registers it with the servers at the Great Microsoft Collective. If you later reinstall Win10 it will remember that it was there before during the free trial and authenticate itself based on that motherboard ID.
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Re: Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2021, 06:57:32 AM »
I recall this 'offer' to have been expired some time ago.
Windows 10 will often operate for a few days without a license until it starts to nag you about it.
There are some cheap options however. Let us know if you do run into trouble.

Yeah, I knew the offer had expired some years ago, but if you look on the internet, you'll see that it still available.  MS isn't advertising it, but it still seem valid.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how-you-can-still-get-a-free-windows-10-upgrade/

I know Windows will run 30 days without it being activated.  That's why I made sure I got her Windows 7 Pro reactivated first. After that I did the upgrade to Windows 10 and it shows as being activated.

Had you installed Win10 on the computer once before, when the free offer first came out, and then rolled back to Win 7?
Win10 detects your particular motherboard's digital ID during installation and registers it with the servers at the Great Microsoft Collective. If you later reinstall Win10 it will remember that it was there before during the free trial and authenticate itself based on that motherboard ID.

Nope.  Her laptop came with Windows 7 Home preinstalled.  She wanted Windows 7 Pro, so I bought Win 7 Pro Upgrade some years ago to upgrade it.  It never had Windows 10 installed on it until a few days ago.

All seems well with the laptop for now.  Hopefully in 31 days I can still say that.  :buck2:
« Last Edit: January 23, 2021, 07:14:11 AM by steve58 »
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Re: Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2021, 07:28:46 AM »
Had you installed Win10 on the computer once before, when the free offer first came out, and then rolled back to Win 7?
Win10 detects your particular motherboard's digital ID during installation and registers it with the servers at the Great Microsoft Collective. If you later reinstall Win10 it will remember that it was there before during the free trial and authenticate itself based on that motherboard ID.

Only does this for OEM licenses.
Retail keys can be bound to your MS account instead.
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Re: Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2021, 09:52:19 AM »

I've been checking the internetz and still see articles dated 2021 that you can still download/install Windows 10 for free, so decided to push on further.  :-\

Downloaded the MS Media Creation Tool onto an USB drive and proceeded.  After an hour or so, I now have what looks to be an activated Windows 10 Pro license on her old laptop.  Letting it do some updates, so hopefully its still good tomorrow.

I did this on my PC just after Christmas.  I just downloaded the Creation Tool onto the PC and went from there.  No pre-attempt at in the past either.  Was expecting to have to stump for the upgrade, but thought it was at least worth a shot.  Wish I'd done it years ago now :-[


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Re: Windows 10, still for free? Looks like.
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2021, 10:22:02 AM »
Just saw Father Ted's post and that prompted me to provide a brief update on my wife's laptop after a month and a half:  Activated Windows 10 still active on her laptop <:-)
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.   Thomas Jefferson

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.   George Orwell

If you ever find yourself in need of a safe space then you’re probably going to have to stop calling yourself a social justice warrior. You cannot be a warrior and a pansy at the same time.   Mike Adams (RIP Mike)