CNET: Will Windows Insider testers get to keep Windows 10 for free?

There’s no doubt that Windows 10 is Microsoft’s biggest project this year and the way the company tries to promote it is living proof. One way it will accomplish that is making it easy and free for many (but not all) of its existing customers to upgrade.

Mcirosoft confirmed that users running the latest Windows 10 preview (build 10130) and signed up to the Windows Insider program would be upgraded to the final commercial version of the operating system for free.

He blamed the balls-up on the fact that MS was managing a “complex topic” as it juggles multiple versions of Windows, while changing the way it builds and deploys the OS. By extension, that meant those still using Windows XP or Vista would have to pay for Windows 10. The easiest one is offered to people running legal copies of Windows 7 or 8. The 3GB file can be downloaded from 29th July. You’re supposed to upgrade to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 and then install the Preview Build.

Now the post has been tweaked saying that only users with “Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1″ will be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

The company initially indicated that those using those preview versions would automatically get upgraded to the real Windows 10 – whether or not their copies were genuine.

Some people were confused at first as to whether pirated copies of Windows would get the upgrade.

Current consumer builds of Windows Phone 8.1 allows for a complete backup with the option to schedule when you want to get the same done. BUT, you can stay in the program and keep receiving updates as long as you opt-in for the updates. This is prerelease software and is activated with a prerelease key. Otherwise, the build will eventually expire.

“Friday’s post was intended to clarify how the Windows Insider Program will proceed, and in attempting to do so created some unintended confusion”, he added. But it’s also said that you need a Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 license to get a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Once Microsoft completes an update internally, it will be seeded to Insiders, and Insiders only, who will run it for at least a month. People will hardly notice them.

Over the weekend, we reported that Microsoft planned to give away free Windows 10 licenses to those who were trying out the Preview.

Since demand for notebooks are unlikely to see any major improvement in 2015, the vendors are likely to absorb the extra costs to maintain their products’ end prices. Still a pretty OK deal, but not as good as we first thought.

So no free Windows 10 for pirates.

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