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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Insiders, although Microsoft won’t admit it directly

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Insiders, although Microsoft won’t admit it directly

by AshwinJune 22, 2015

A few days ago, we reported that Windows 10 Activations will be tied to your Microsoft Account.


The news came from an announced made by Microsoft.

We are aware that members of the Insider Program will be receiving the final release (General Availability Build) on July 29th, as long as they have upgraded from a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8. But what about non-licensed versions? The Redmond Company’s blog post, mentioned some important information about Windows 10 upgrades for all Insiders.

This is what the statement said,

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.

This bit of news was blown out of proportion all over the internet, over the weekend. I had specifically ignored this because there was no concrete confirmation about this, and that it sounded a bit controversial.

And it was only a matter of time before the announcement was updated, to reflect some crucial information. In place of the bit which mentioned that Windows 10 Preview Builds would remain activated, the statement now reads,

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.

Well that clears things up, or does it?

I noticed that Gabe Aul, the Head of the Windows Insider Program, answered to queries on Twitter, which contradicts the blog post. To be precise, the author of the blog post was none other than Aul himself.

Zac Bowden from WinBeta, asked Aul on Twitter, whether Windows 10 will remain activated after RTM, to which Gabe replied positively. But he didn’t specifically state that Insiders will be given a free license. Instead, what he said was,  “as long a user has a prerelease build connected with registered MSA on his PC, it will not expire.’

Now, that is confusing, but here is what we can gather from the Aul’s blog post and his tweets.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Insiders, and it will remain activated, as long as they have signed in to their Microsoft Account. They will not require a Windows 7 or 8 license. This is Microsoft’s reward for the loyal testers of the operating system. The important thing to note here is there will be no license, and the validation is tied to their MSA.

The blog post on the other hand, is probably just like a disclaimer, which I guess is to prevent confusion amongst Windows 7 and 8.x users, who may panic and install a Windows 10 Insider Preview Build to get a free upgrade.

Windows Insiders, there is something that you should note. You need to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130 (or later) before the final release on July 29th. The free upgrade for Insiders may not work after the date.