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Windows Insider users may continue to use Windows 10 for free, that is if they continue to test future Windows upgrades

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Jun 23, 2015 )    |    Computing, Technology


Microsoft already set July 29 as the day they push out Windows 10 to Desktop and portable PC customers and early adopters with what is already known as the free upgrade to genuine Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users. The latest announcements for the said free upgrades however has made a few confusions to some that prompted the Redmond giant to clarify some things by stressing out which users are to receive the free upgrades and which of those Technical Preview users are to retain their current activation keys and continue using existing and future Windows 10 builds.

When Windows 10 officially launches on July 29, every Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users plus all existing Windows 10 Technical Preview users are entitled for a free Windows 10 retail upgrade which is by the way valid for a year and then after that, users of the new Windows 10 will have to purchase a new activation key to continue using their copy of Windows 10 by then.

As this caused a lot of confusions among Technical Preview users, Microsoft now clarifies that users who wishes to continue their Insider program subscription will continue to get a free and activated copy of Windows 10 future builds even after the retail version of the operating system is made public. User who wishes to opt-out from the Windows 10 Insider program will then be subjected to the same rules applied to regular users upgrading from previous versions of Windows.

So now, if you want to use Windows 10 for free then all you have to do is continue to be a Windows Insider and be a test subject for future updates and upgrades of Windows before they become mainstream. But users should take note of that most of Windows Insider builds are pre-released software and therefore are unstable and requires more expertise to circumvent any problem that arises as a result from using a pre-released product.

SOURCEWindows Blog