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Effective July 29th 2016 Windows 7 sp1 and Windows 8.1 Users Need to Exercise their Windows 10 Upgrade Option for Free

Q: Effective July 29th 2016 Windows 7 sp1 and Windows 8.1 Users Need to Exercise their Windows 10 Upgrade Option for Free

Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29 Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time

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Preferred Solution: Effective July 29th 2016 Windows 7 sp1 and Windows 8.1 Users Need to Exercise their Windows 10 Upgrade Option for Free

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free


Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft


Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29


Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade


If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time

 
 

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

A:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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Windows Blog: Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices ? Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon

"Today, we want to remind you that if you haven?t taken advantage of the free upgrade offer, now is the time. The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before.

And time is running out. The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don?t miss out.

After July 29th, you?ll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119."​
Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10!


Spoiler: Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 today!


"Details are still being finalized, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down."​
Via: Microsoft to remove Get Windows 10 app from Windows 7/8.1 soon - MSPoweruser

Get Windows 10 - Download Now! | Upcoming Features coming to Windows 10!​
 

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How to Geek just published this today.  I'd been thinking about researching this myself. I'm sure other hold outs are interested in Keeping Win7/8 but keeping the option to reserve a free copy of Win 10.
 
http://www.howtogeek.com/253901/get-windows-10-for-free-after-july-29th-with-a-little-prep-now/

A:Get Windows 10 for Free After July 29th, with a Little Prep Now

You are correct Smsec. Just makes sense to keep all options open for as long as one can, even though some are espousing MS will extend beyond July 29th.

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Customers running Win 7 SP1 or Win 8.1, who have not yet scheduled an upgrade till date, may start seeing a full screen notification as soon as they unlock their PC

KB 3163589 “Your PC is running an outdated version of Windows” notification
KB 3095675 : Windows 10 upgrade: How-to information on scheduling and notifications
KB 3164060: How to manually decline the free Windows 10 upgrade offer from the Get Windows 10 app
KB 3173040 : Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 End of Free Upgrade Offer Notification

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Hello everyone,

Sorry if this question is stupid. But if I upgrade today will it still be free? According to some websites the price goes up on the 30th, but microsoft itself seems to state very strongly that the price goes up on the 29th.
If I update now will I have to pay for it?

Please let me know.
Thank you so much.

~Drew956
(P.s. I tried updating yesterday before the hard-n-fast deadline, but deleted an android partition and messed up the bootloader, preventing me from loading Windows. I fixed that this morning, but alas, it is the 29th now. So I am wondering if I can still get the free upgrade?)

A:July 29th -> If I upgrade now, will it still be free?

website won't come up for me here at work but:

Windows - Microsoft

Should show about 14 hours left. Going to be interesting to see who gets the last upgrade in before the deadline.

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OK don't panic i have no plans to upgrade to win 10 anytime soon however i would like to take advantage of the free upgrade to win 10 and keep the ISO file and the win 10 SN's.
I have Win 7 U x64 running on a 250GB SSD (C Drive, which is only used in an emergency) and then the main OS which again is a win 7 U x64 of a 500GB SSD (D Drive) which is what i use 99% of the time, drive C is only used if some reason drive D goes t1ts up and i can go into C drive and get files of that way, any how i know there used to be an app called "MediaCreationToolx64" which you ran and it would download the win 10 ISO and install win 10 and convert your win 7 key into legal win 10 key and allow you to upgrade that way.

So my plan is to back up whole of drive C&D to a 500GB SSD (E Drive) then go about running the "MediaCreationToolx64" tool to do the download and install for both C & D drive get the windows 10 key from each drive then burn to ISO's and keep for a later date, just in case i do want to go 10 route.

ISSUES:
I have heard that win 10 messes about with my partitions, anyone know anything about this? If it does would it be best to just disconnet all drives from PC apart from C,D & E (as i have another 9 drives in the case) or will it be ok to leave in, and are there any other issues i should be made aware off, I have no plans to move to 10 full time but i'm just being safe and saving myself the cost of windows 10 when the free ver... Read more

A:Upgrading to windows 10 before July 29th

You won't get a key after installing Win10. To be able to do a future install (fresh or update) you have to had it installed once on your computer. MS will record an MB ID (probably the network MAC address) and will activate future installations on the MB you have used to do the fist install.
To do so you have two options: Install Win 10 on a HDD or on drive C:
On drive C: you have two options: Fresh install or update.
On a HDD you're going to do a fresh install.
Disconnect your drive D: or any other drive you have from the MB.
- To do a update on your installed Win 7 on drive C:, boot on drive C:, create a USB with MediaCreationToolx64 then run setup on it. Leave the key blank. It will activate because you've updated a Win 7 installation.
- To do a fresh install, on drive C: or on a HDD, create a USB with MediaCreationToolx64 and boot from it. When asked for the Key, put the Win7 U key you have. When finished, it will activate as well.

My suggestion is to do a fresh install on a spare HDD or a SSD. That's what I did. Also install Classic Shell (Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements), so it looks like Win7.
I didn't like Win10. Didn't add nothing useful, and if you disable all the tracking and spy, many features, like Cortana, won't work. Some win7 features won't be there, as games and Classic them.

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Hi,

As long as you follow the steps on the enclosed link will to get the ticket will this work for a free upgrade after the 29th July ?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

Thanks,

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Source here;
 
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/microsoft-reveals-windows-10-release-date-july-29-n367666

A:July 29th Is Release Date For Windows 10

Already been posted by Grinler:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/578066/windows-10-release-date-of-july-29th-announced/

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Microsoft has finally revealed that Windows 10 will officially launch on July 29th, 2015, confirming a previous statement from AMD CEO Lisa Su that suggested the operating system will launch in late July.

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A:Microsoft to release Windows 10 on July 29th

I got a notification about win 10 free upgrade today. It asked me to register and after that it said that I will be a 3 gb download.
 

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Customers running Win 7 SP1 or Win 8.1, who have not yet scheduled an upgrade till date, may start seeing a full screen notification as soon as they unlock their PC :

KB 3163589 “Your PC is running an outdated version of Windows” notification
KB 3095675 : Windows 10 upgrade: How-to information on scheduling and notifications
KB 3164060: How to manually decline the free Windows 10 upgrade offer from the Get Windows 10 app
KB 3173040 : Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 End of Free Upgrade Offer Notification

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I already know about the trick where you update then revert, and the computer you updated on will be able to upgrade again for free after July 29th, but what if I won't have the computer I want to upgrade until after this date?

I'm getting a MacBook Air in August. I like how any programs made for Macs will work (for the most part) because each Mac has set specs, but I'm not a huge fan of the Mac OS. But then I learned about dual booting on Mac, and so I thought that if I dual booted Mac and Windows I'd get the best of both worlds. But then I learned that Windows 10 will only be free until July 29th, so is there a way I can 'reserve' the copy until then? Or will I just have to pay the $119 if I really want to do it?

A:Can I get Win10 for free after July 29th this year?

Someone else might think of a way but the answer is no. You can't get a free upgrade after 7/29.

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Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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A:Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

DirectX 12 here we come. Oh yeah!
 

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Hello,
 
Please note that Microsoft have just announced new update methods for Windows 7/8.
 
Effective October 2016. a single update package will be delivered via Windows Update with all the available updates included without the possibility to select which ones to install. It's all or nothing.
 
http://www.infoworld.com/article/3108405/microsoft-windows/microsoft-changes-win781-updates-pushes-even-harder-for-windows-10.html#comments
 
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2016/08/15/further-simplifying-servicing-model-for-windows-7-and-windows-8-1/
 
Timescope

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So I've asked this before, and I felt compelled to ask it again.

I have Win8, and like many others, we've been asked from my comp. to get Win10. For a long time now, I've said no because I heard of bugs and other things, but that has seem to be fixed now (I hope).

Also, my mom accidentally got Win10 on her laptop (don't ask how it was an accident) and nothing wrong there.

I have 8 days until this "free offer" goes bye-bye (unless thats a lie, but IDK). So as of now, how is Windows 10 and should I get it?

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My son bought a computer with Windows 7 a few months ago then upgraded to the free Windows 10. His computer got a virus and he has reinstalled Windows 8 because we had a system disc for another computer - his computer did not come with a system disc and he did not make a back up when he bought it. He would like to put Windows 10 back on it but the upgrade is no longer free. Is there a way to do so without having to pay for the upgrade?

A:Reinstalling Windows 10 after July 31, 2016

Have you tried upgrading to Windows 10 ? If the laptop had a valid installation of Windows 10, then you should be able to install it again as the product key is tied to the hardware that was used while upgrading, as long as it is the same laptop, it should work, unless I am mistaken.

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So my brother got a new vista laptop recently and it came with a paper saying he can upgrade to Windows 7 for free.
So i go on HP's site (he got a pavilion), and i come across the page where i place my order. But then i find this:

It says it costs 30 euros! I thought it was meant to be free!? 30 euros isnt much anyway but thats not the problem, my problem is also that i cant pay online becuase i dont have paypal or a credit card!

Isnt it meant to be free? Or is that the shipping cost?

A:Windows 7 free upgrade for vista users

I would call HP and ask them ... though it doesnt sound like a free upgrade to me...

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First of all, the details are here.According to a leaked document, customers acquiring Vista PCs will be given the opportunity of inexpensive and free upgrades to Windows 7, as long as they will buy the machines with Vista and not wait for the launch of Windows 7. The latest documentation leaked for the program reveals an Eligibility Period spanning from July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010

A:Free Upgrades for Windows 7 only to Windows Vista users

Keep in mind this is subject to change

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Hello, everyone. This is my first post. I have been in touch with Microsoft 3 times to ask this question and each time I get referred on to someone else. I would have thought that the answer would have been straight forward so I looked around and found you guys. I guess you can tell from the "title" what I was asking about but here it is anyway.

"will the free download of Windows 8.1 (for existing Windows 8 users) be released on DVD for those with a very slow broadband connection? It would take me 48 hours to download at around 20kb/s - I really need it on disc."

I am waiting for the response to this second rewording of my question and will post Microsoft's response here. In the meantime I would appreciate knowing if anyone here has an answer.

Thanks.

The Professor.

A:Windows 8.1 Free Update on Disc for Windows 8 Users?

You will need to buy the DVD.

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The article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2487342,00.asp
 
Moderators, if this thread is inappropriate for any specific reason feels free to delete it. 

A:Don't Upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29 from PCmag.com!

Wrote a bunch to this but, have to start over cus I forgot BC doesn't work very well in Edge, yet.  I've been told it will soon so, looking forward to that.
No idea if someone is going to tell you it's in the wrong place but, nice to have an opportunity to comment on it.  But, @ least it will be noticed.
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And to think people are being paid for writing articles like this.  Painting bleak pictures (of the future) and guessing whilst those readers who know no better will buy into it hook, line & sinker because if it's a byline in print it surely must be gospel.  This kind of writing, also, makes it that much more challenging and arduous for IT Pros trying to convey accuracy to the masses.
The one valid bit is Win10 is going to be very popular and countless people all over the Globe are anxiously awaiting the 29th.  However, (DUH) Microsoft, certainly, knows this, already.  (1) The "reserve the Download" is brilliant, people who take it are smart and those will have '1st dibs', so to speak. (2) It is going to go out in 'waves'.
Likely there are heaps of articles sticking to the facts, not fear-mongering or misleading Folks or making people nervous, app... Read more

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Thanks to @MalwareDoctor ,here's a way to upgrade after the July 29th deadline.

This may be for a limited time...so, your chance is now.
 

A:Windows 10 - How to Upgrade after July Deadline.

Windows 10 No Longer Free, Now Available Starting at $119.99
 

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AV-TEST ? The Independent IT-Security Institute
It seems unreliable to me
 

A:[AV-tests] Home users, Windows 10, Oct 2016

Never trusted Av test :/ thats why I started to test them myself
 

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Hello

I have used the tray app to register for Win 10 upgrade on a number of PCs / laptops (Win 7 & Win 8).

However I am now a bit concerned that come "D-Day", the app will automatically download the installation files (or at least a significant amount of them) on 29th July - but I would like to take complete control over the upgrades as some of my computers require some preparation & research prior to upgrade.

Can someone clarify for me ?

Thanks

A:Taking full control of Win 10 upgrades on 29th July ... ?

It will download the files but you get to choose when to install them.

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AV-TEST ? The Independent IT-Security Institute
It seems unreliable to me
 

A:[Antivirus-tests] Home users, Windows 10, Oct 2016

Never trusted Av test :/ thats why I started to test them myself
 

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When I did the Windows 7 install, I am not sure whether during sysprep or using something called Profile Re-locator, I moved the Users Folder from the C: OS drive to my second E: data drive.

I want to upgrade to Win 10 and have been putting it off.

I forgot how to move the users folder back prior to the upgrade.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder Moved 2nd Drive

Hi:

See if this tutorial helps:

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you are ready to upgrade, the equivalent tutorial for Windows 10 is here:

How to Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10

Hope this helps,
MM

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Good afternoon everyone,
 
I hope you are all well?
 
Sorry to worry you, but please could you help me and let me know which FREE Antivirus is the best one to use for 2016?
The reason I ask this is because I have had to get a new desktop computer, as my old one would cost me more to repair/fix so I have bought a new computer.
 
My computer is a Lenovo all in one desktop, specs are as follows:
 
1.Operating System is: Windows 10 Home 64 bit x 64- based processor.
 
2. Processor: Intel ® celeron ® CPU J 3160 @ 1.60 GHz 1.60 GHz
 
3. Installed RAM: 4.00GB
 
4. Hard Drive: 1 Terabit
 
At the moment I have the following FREE programs installed:
 
1. C Cleaner
 
2.  Secunia PSI
 
3. Malwarebytes Antimalware.
 
I used to use Sophos Home FREE, would you recommend me using it?
Please could you kindly let me know what FREE Antivirus you would recommend for 2016?
What other FREE programs would you recommend for me?
 
At the moment I am using McAfee LiveSafe, which  is a paid antivirus and came preinstalled on my computer and that is due to expire, so I want to replace it with a free antivirus.
 
I am very careful and I do use common sense.
 
I look forward to hearing from you soon, thank you so much in advance for your help, support and replies I really appreciate it.
 
Kind Regards
 
TheHappyOne  
 
 

A:Best FREE Antivirus 2016 for Windows 10 please thank you.

There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware.Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. Everyone's system is different and sometimes you may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.Here are links to some related discussion topics:Which anti-virus program are you using?Best Free Antivirus?Best Antivirus?Best anti-virus software for windows 8?Looking for recommended anti-virus softwaresWhat is the best antivirus protection?What's the best premium security suite in the market currently?Here are links to BC polls:Poll: Best Antivirus and FirewallPoll: Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Malware/On-Demand ScannerI gen... Read more

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Good afternoon everyone,
 
I hope you are all well?
 
Sorry to worry you, but please could you help me and let me know which FREE Antivirus is the best one to use for 2016?
The reason I ask this is because I have had to get a new desktop computer, as my old one would cost me more to repair/fix so I have bought a new computer.
 
My computer is a Lenovo all in one desktop, specs are as follows:
 
1.Operating System is: Windows 10 Home 64 bit x 64- based processor.
 
2. Processor: Intel ® celeron ® CPU J 3160 @ 1.60 GHz 1.60 GHz
 
3. Installed RAM: 4.00GB
 
4. Hard Drive: 1 Terabit
 
At the moment I have the following FREE programs installed:
 
1. C Cleaner
 
2.  Secunia PSI
 
3. Malwarebytes Antimalware.
 
I used to use Sophos Home FREE, would you recommend me using it?
Please could you kindly let me know what FREE Antivirus you would recommend for 2016?
What other FREE programs would you recommend for me?
 
At the moment I am using McAfee LiveSafe, which  is a paid antivirus and came preinstalled on my computer and that is due to expire, so I want to replace it with a free antivirus.
 
I am very careful and I do use common sense.
 
I look forward to hearing from you soon, thank you so much in advance for your help, support and replies I really appreciate it.
 
Kind Regards
 
TheHappyOne  
 
 

A:Best FREE Antivirus 2016 for Windows 10 please thank you.

There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware.Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. Everyone's system is different and sometimes you may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs.Here are links to some related discussion topics:Which anti-virus program are you using?Best Free Antivirus?Best Antivirus?Best anti-virus software for windows 8?Looking for recommended anti-virus softwaresWhat is the best antivirus protection?What's the best premium security suite in the market currently?Here are links to BC polls:Poll: Best Antivirus and FirewallPoll: Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Malware/On-Demand ScannerI gen... Read more

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The ultimate malware!
Microsoft has admitted that it is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5, Qualcomm’s 8996 and other processors to ‘force’ users upgrade to Windows 10, a media report said....Intel Skylake processors will also not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 from July. Therefore, its users will have to upgrade to keep the updates coming.
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This is absurd! 

A:Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Ron,
In their defense, this policy was announced OVER A YEAR AGO, so that anyone purchasing a system in the interim should have been aware of what would be happening:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/19668740

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

Originally Posted by andrew124C41


I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.



Probably the best thing to do right now, is download what you need, and throw in an empty drive, disconnect all other drives, and clean install W10, then use your W7 key to activate it once you get to the desktop. Also, skip checking for updates at the beginning of the install, because the servers are being hammered now, and you'll just sit there idle, while nothing happens.

If you must review the failure log, it can be found at
C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

You'll need to show hidden system files to find it, and you'll need to copy it to someplace else in order to open it.

7:40 to go. No time to lose.

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I was reading an article, and it said that Windows 10 would be free for 8 users. Do all versions of 8 get it, or just 8?

I refuse to go to the Windows 10 forum to find out, because they were really ugly about things.

A:Windows 10 Free for Windows 8 Users

Microsoft has so far said nothing on the subject. So anything anyone else says at this point is just speculation.

Based on past events with earlier versions of Windows, they will at least probably offer a substantial discount to those that upgrade to Windows 10. Beyond that, who knows?

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I know WD has improved immensely on Windows 10. Panda I do not know much about however.
 

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1.  Automatic Windows 10 upgrade on July 12th.
2.  Since then, can get to log-in screen, but....
3.  Sometimes get the black screen of death (no icons or anything)
4.  Sometimes get a bright pink screen that is in a hibernating loop which you cannot get out of without rebooting computer.
Have tried to boot up in Safe Mode, but cannot get there.
Have gone into F2 for Setup.  No Help.
Have attached external monitor.  The external monitor reflects what is on the Dell computer screen.
Have searched online for what to do with black screen of death.  Cannot use computer.
Frustrating.  Will appreciate assistance.  Thank you.

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Title basically says it all. I used to be using Windows 8.1, and I upgraded for free. After using windows 10 for a week i got a blue screen that said "bad_system_config_info" and restarting does not fix it. It is stuck on the blue screen after restarting. So, i was thinking I could use the option on the blue screen that it gives me to downgrade to previous version, but I would still like to use windows 10. So, if I downgrade, could I then upgrade again for free? (I am still within my 30 days to downgrade) Any help would be greatly appreciated!

If you have any other solution to this blue screen that would allow me to stay on windows 10 and keep all of my files and apps, that would be even better. Thank you!

The initial error that came up while I was using my PC like normal:

Options ("Continue" and "turn off PC" just take me back to this)


Options Under "troubleshoot" option that was shown above. (I've tried a system restore, but it does not work. I have no "system image recovery", so doesn't work. Start up repair doesn't work. So, "go back to previous build" is my last resort, which is the reason for my question in the first place. I would like to downgrade then upgrade back to windows 10, but not sure if i can.

 

A:Can you upgrade for free to windows 10, downgrade back to windows 8.1, and then upgrade again?

Yes, I believe you can. Windows 10 is free for at least the first year from release.
You can still get the Windows 10 ISO downloade and be able to upgrade using that instead of the downloaded installation files too.
 

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Hello, 

I have a very frustrating problem. I want to use Windows 2008 R2 Terminalserver with Outlook 2016. 
Unfortunately every time a user starts Outlook, he installs the 64 bit Components. It seems there is one solution: Installing Windows Search Role and starting Outlook in Installation Mode. 
Seems to work. With that solution, there is another problem: It is not possible to search in pst-files. Windows error log says event ID 3036. Looks like, Windows Search cannot index pst-files (in network). The possible solution to disable indexing for Outlook
does not work because the configuration change got reseted after relogin. This might happen because of our Roaming users. 
As you can see, I have one problem. When Windows Search is installed, pst-files are not searchable. When Windows Search is not installed, Outlook 64 bit Components get installed every start of Outlook. 

Is there anybody who has other ideas for a solution? 

Thank you for your help. 

Jens

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Bitdefender has released stable build of its Free Antivirus

"Bitdefender Free 2016 is no longer under BETA.

It has been released as full today 5 December 2016.

There is no changelog available for this product."

Download link http://download.bitdefender.com/windows/bp/agent/en-us/bitdefender_online.exe
Announcement on the forum Bitdefender Anti-Virus FREE 2016
User Guide http://download.bitdefender.com/windows/bp/Bitdefender_AntivirusFree_2016_en.pdf
 

A:Bitdefender Antivirus Free 2016 Final released for Windows

This is the final version
 

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MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that being a Windows 10 Insider does not guarantee a free copy of the operating system.
 
The company is using the Windows Insider programme as its biggest ever beta test for what is being billed as the final or definitive version of Windows, or Windows-as-a-service.
 
But Microsoft has made it clear that its generosity stretches only so far, and that being a beta tester is an honour in itself.
 
Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users when it launches later this year.
 
Windows 8 has reached end of life, and customers will need to take the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 first, which is still subject to holdouts totalling 5.88 percent of the OS market, according to this month's Netmarketshare figures.
 

 
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A:Microsoft: Insiders using Windows XP or Vista won't get free Windows 10 upgrade

It has been announced months ago, and it took another declaration to confirm it? Some people really lives on their own little cloud don't they?

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Free-Windows-8-1-Version-to-Be-Aimed-at-Windows-7-Users-Report-429906.shtml

A:free windows 8.1 for win 7 users ???

@ all the malware removal guy's. Get ready to be busy If this happens.
 
 

 
Windows 8.1 Update 1 could be specifically designed to do this, with some people close to the matter explaining that the upcoming release might only require 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space on either tablets or PCs.

 Yes I wanna see that, If Microsoft says 1 gig You will need 2... LOL
 

 
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is slated to make its public debut in April as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle

Better be an optional Update, I paid for my Win7 and would be upset If I was forced to upgrade by a sneaky( automatic) Update.
 

 
Of course, such a product could also help Microsoft compete against the likes of Linux

 
I can see it now Microsoft Windows open source where you can do anything you want like in Linux.
 
Then again it might improve security.
 

 
 
 
Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, And the Easter Bunny is real..........
 
 
April HUH? Microsoft setting us up for a April Fools Day joke?
 
I can see it now Microsoft realeases new free secure operating system that runs on 1 gig of ram on older systems....... APRIL FOOLS.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/micros...=nl.e541&s_cid=e541&ttag=e541&ftag=TRE7ce1dc9
 

A:Windows 10 Free to Win 7 and Above Users...

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I am trying to upgrade my windows to version 10 but doesn't seem to be able to do it.  I tried to "reserve" for windows upgrade, but the system does not seem to register it. I tried to check the "update" setting but do not see anything on window 10 updates as well. Read in some earlier discussion that Aspire ZS600 does not support Windows 10. Is it true? 

A:Windows 10 free upgrade for Aspire ZS600 (Windows ...

Try using the Windows migration tool.

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Microsoft will give those who tested the next version of Windows through the Windows Insider program a free upgrade path to Windows 10 when the OS is released to manufacturing. Historically major Windows updates have cost money, so by providing...

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A:Windows Insiders get free upgrade path to Windows 10

What if I tested it coming from mac or linux?How do I get a free year/license of windows 10?
 

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Microsoft will give those who tested the next version of Windows through the Windows Insider program a free upgrade path to Windows 10 when the OS is released to manufacturing, meaning you will be able to upgrade to the final RTM version without the need of a clean install. Update: In light of the confusion caused by the ambiguity of some of Microsoft's announcements, we have posted a new article explaining Windows 10's free upgrade offer.
When this news was first revealed by Microsoft's Gabriel Aul through Twitter yesterday, there was a bit of confusion as to how the upgrade would work, with some people speculating that the free upgrade meant a free Windows 10 license, however that is not the case.




Windows Insiders get free upgrade path to Windows 10 - TechSpot

A:Windows Insiders get free upgrade path to Windows 10

Looks like they messed this up:

"Windows 10 for current users of Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1"

From what I know (and what they wrote), only owners of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to get the free upgrade. Owners of Windows 8 and Windows Phones 8 will have to upgrade to 8.1 to have access to that free upgrade (anyway, they can upgrade to 8.1 for free from 8).

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?Do not install any third-party software on Windows 10 PCs?

It's a well-known fact that many OEMs and retailers across the world are shipping Windows computers, no matter the OS version installed, with lots of useless software solutions that do nothing more than to slow down the PCs themselves and to create additional issues.

Anti-virus apps, word processors, toolbars, and other additional software tools that aren't specifically requested by users are all installed on these computers, so it takes time and effort for users to remove them completely.

And yet, this has to end in Windows 10, users claim in a new suggestion on UserVoice, as Microsoft needs to work with OEMs to avoid installing unnecessary software on computers powered by this new operating system.




Users Want Windows 10 to Be Bloatware-Free - Softpedia

A:Users Want Windows 10 to Be Bloatware-Free

I hope those same people that want all bloatware removed before they get their new computer realized that bloatware lowers the cost of the new oem computer. Also one person bloatware is another's favorite utility.

Now it would be nice if microsoft had an uninstall utility in the control panel (or whatever they are going to call it in win10) where you can select everything you do not want and it all will uninstall at the same time. That would save a lot of time.

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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Have tried several times to run the Free Windows upgrade from Win 8.1 program checks system then does nothing.  Plus the Windows update for 8.1 does not work. 

Vwil103 - Very frustrated in Bowie, MD

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