To Be Free or Not to Be – That is the Question

By | March 28, 2015
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Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 users to officially get single-step Windows 10 upgrade, states Microsoft

Source: International Business Times, 28 March 2015

Microsoft’s Windows 10, one of the most anticipated technical products of 2015, is all set to be launched during the summer.

Prior to that, Microsoft loyalists have been discussing the OS’ compatibility, the features it offers and information related to upgrading from older Windows versions.

To officially clear the air with regard to upgrading from older Windows operating platform versions, Microsoft has stated that it prefers existing desktop users to upgrade to its newer OS when it is released.

Aaron Woodman, Microsoft’s senior product marketing director, in an interview with Yahoo has detailed finer aspects of upgrade paths for existing Windows users.

According to Woodman, existing licensed customers of Windows 7 running current versions of the OS such as the Windows 7 SP1, and users having installed Windows 8.1, will be offered a free one-step upgrade to Windows 10.

However, users running comparatively older iterations of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will not be offered the direct one-step upgrade. Instead, such users will have to compulsorily upgrade to current versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8, post which upgrade path to Windows 10 will be provided, thus making it a two-step process.

Another important aspect is existing users upgrading to Windows 10 can use the newer OS without having to pay additional usage charges even after the one-year free usage period (an initial condition that Microsoft will impose on users upgrading to Windows 10).

Nonetheless, those preferring to purchase Windows 10 would have to pay the full sum of the OS, according to Woodman who adds that certain individual users will not be eligible for the free upgrade.

“We never said Windows is free,” said Woodman. “We haven’t made the decision on whether it will be free for these users, nor what it will cost if it is not free.”

Windows 10 will also not be free to enterprise users who would have to pay for Windows 10 licences.

3 thoughts on “To Be Free or Not to Be – That is the Question

  1. A_Hippy_Hillbillie

    Respectfully, one would think (although i get into trouble for thinking) that Microsoft would indeed offer the Windows 10 OS upgrade free to [all] eligibles <enterprise! After all, Microsoft is a Multi-billion dollar corporation, which the free upgrade should be a tax right-off for them. But again, i get into trouble for thinking! On a side note, thank you Darcy, for i am again able to receive your & TC'S Newsletter. 🙂

  2. Bob

    Just thinking out lout here… Even if it was “free”, consider how much Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other “free” companies have made off users. There’s a lot of money to be made from in all that data sitting on your computer…
    But sure, Microsoft could come up with a data mining dll and begin collecting information on you. and guess what? We agreed to it on the very, very, very last paragraph of the Terms of Service when we upgraded to that “free” version of Windows.

  3. Helen

    Have a quick question, When they do away with the security upgrades for Vista do they plan to
    let us Vista owners up grade to another system?

    Thanks to guys, you have kept my Vista running smoothly, now I am concerned because I heard they are going to stop Vista Security Up-grades??

    Thanks a Super Bunch!!

    Helen A.


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