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    Default Can Windows XP / Vista users can get free Windows 10 Upgrade?

    Windows Technical Preview users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 final release. If you join the Windows Insider Program you will qualify for the free upgrade to the final release.

    When Microsoft's Gabe Aul was asked on December 5, whether Windows Technical Preview testers would be able to update to the final version of Windows 10, when it was available. He replied - Yes, that is our intent.
    So would this be a way users using Windows XP / Vista or any other OS for that matter, would be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 - by installing Windows 10 Technical Preview now??? Can anyone clarify?

    UPDATE: Anyone can now install Windows 10 TP and get Windows 10 Final free.

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    I think he also said "You'll have to be upgrading from a system with a valid license for 7 or 8.x"
    So those with valid license of 7 or 8.x only.
    Anyone else please confirm or add further...
    Thanks.
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    I guess that makes sense, else anyone would be able to get the free upgrade.

    So if one had a valid Windows 8 / 7 license, and he/she were to install Windows 10 Technical Preview, he/she would be able to move from the Preview to the final version.

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    Hello,

    That's true that valid licensed users of Windows 8.X and Windows 7 will get the free upgrade. It's also true that you can upgrade from Windows Insider Preview to final RTM. But thing noticeable here is that the Insider Preview should be upgraded from either of Windows 8.X or Windows 7, only in that case the final RTM will be free and carry licensed rights of previous iteration. So IMO, it clears that, you just can't do a clean boot of Windows 10 Insider Preview and upgrade In such a case you'll not have licensed Windows.

    So if a XP/Vista user wants a free upgrade, there is long way! You can first upgrade to either Windows 8.X or Windows 7, and then you'll surely get the upgrade. By following this, you can carry the license rights correctly.

    All you need is to have 'From edition' in below shown screenshot to have 'To edition':

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    Please check this too and also please clarify:
    Today Microsoft's Gabe Aul posted this in one of his post:
    ".....Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh..."

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    In that case it is clearly indicating that Windows 10 is free to everyone i.e. install the Insider Preview and get update to final version plus remain genuine and activated. From some other threads, its also looking clear that Windows 10 is an over-all free upgrade and users you don't need to pay even after first year of upgrade. It's just Microsoft's strategy to get most of the people loaded their system with Windows 10.

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    Yes, Registered Insiders can upgrade to Windows10 Final build for Free.
    Please check this for more details : Windows 10 Insiders can get Windows 10 RTM free & other developments
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    Now Microsoft has updated its blog post: Now it says, quoted the para here in full:
    Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build. Once you have successfully installed this build, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh. It’s important to note that only people running Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 as part of the free upgrade offer.*
    *More information about the free upgrade offer can be found at Windows.com.

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    This is now same what I mentioned earlier in this post that you just can't upgrade to Windows 10 final RTM by just installing Windows Insider Preview on any machine. And if you use Insider MSA for that preview, then it's legitimate, correct?

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