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Windows 10 RTM will require a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 license: Microsoft confirms

Windows 10 RTM will require a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 license: Microsoft confirms

by AshwinMay 12, 2015

Yesterday we reported that members of the Windows Insider Program would be able to upgrade from Windows 10 Insider Preview, to Windows 10 RTM for free.


Sadly, we were wrong. This is what happened.

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, the head of the Windows Insider Program had replied to a user on Twitter, saying that Windows 10 RTM would  a free update for Insiders.His message wasn’t exactly clear, and naturally people thought that all members of the Insider Program would get Windows 10 RTM for free, regardless of whether he/she has a license for Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1.

What we assumed was, anyone could install the Windows Insider Preview now, and when Windows RTM is released, Microsoft would reward the Insiders by allowing them to upgrade for free, i.e provide a free license for the OS.

Sadly, that isn’t the case. Windows 10 RTM will require a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 license. This news came when another user asked Aul on Twitter, with a well phrased question whether the Insiders will get a free license.

Aul, replied negatively, dashing the hopes of many, and said that only users with a valid Windows 7 or 8 license will be able to upgrade for free, and that too only within the first year of the release of Windows 10. So it appears that Microsoft is sticking to its free upgrade plan, announced by Terry Myerson in January. Insiders will not be rewarded after all.

He also went on to say that, a direct upgrade from Windows 8.1 (and we assume 7 as well), will activate the Windows 10 license too. It is not yet clear on how Microsoft plans to validate Windows 10 clean installs, as such installations will not have information regarding the license. Perhaps users will be able to activate the license by manually entering them.

Aul says that the Redmond company will allow users to upgrade to Windows 10 Final, from every build of the Insiders Preview.

Gabe Aul also revealed that Windows Media Player is coming to Windows 10. WMP will be included as a legacy Win32 app, while Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps are the main media apps. Aul also confirmed that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, by stating that “Windows as a service”, will be updated continuously.

Microsoft will officially release a statement about the Windows 10 upgrade process, soon.