Upgrade to Windows 11 quite possibly is free, for Windows 7 and 8.1 users as well

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    mikeysg Ancient Guru

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    Wow, am I dreaming? For free, for real?o_O Honestly speaking, I'd not have minded had MS charged a nominal fee, say, $10 for a license key for the upgrade.
     
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    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Like they will :rolleyes:
     
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    rl66 Ancient Guru

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    Since windows XP i never paid a Windows OS, i mean on a legal way, just using the M$'s offer.
     
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    kanenas Master Guru

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    asturur Maha Guru

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    There was no way around. With windows 10 keys retailing at few dollars, whoever has a working computer with win10 would not pay anything for 11. At least not for the first 8-10 bumpy rough months.
    If they want to share in a PR a significant installation base first weeks, they have to give it for free.
     
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    rl66 Ancient Guru

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    He have installed Linux so he have done a great job lol
     
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    I never went that down path with the earlier upgrades. So how does this work. let's say I have a key for w10 and upgrade to w11.
    How do I go about reinstalling the OS? first w10 the online upgrade again or how.
     
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    One can wonder why a multi-billion would "give, offer" a new OS for free.
    And before someone asks, Linux is free,one pays with donations (nobody's forcing you), time and your willingness to learn.
    Regarding Microsoft, the adagio "Never trust the Greeks, even when they bring presents" just fits.
    Leaving the animosity aside, for normal users, it's a great opportunity, and hope that it will be better.
    As usual, Let's wait and see.
     
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    Lily GFX Member Guru

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    4 Desktops + 2 Laptops inhouse so free upgrade is money saved :)

    True but I have a tiny hope that it will be less bumpy than Win10. Thou that hope is very tiny I must admit :p
    Have one I can test on first (mostly e-mail, media and Folding@home) before trying on others and
    the one I do work on.

    @NesteaZen
    Most likely there is a easy upgrade option unless you want a fresh install.
    If reinstalling and you already upgraded before + connected to you Microsoft account
    you can fresh install Windows 11 and just log in to verify it.
    Just like when reinstalling Windows 10 now. :)
     
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    No I meant once I installed w11, then needed to reinstall.
    guess I'll google around and see what's up. if any findings, will post, but the question's still open.
     
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    Yeah I realized after reply sorry about that. Edited post above right after.
     
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    Same W10 pro key for W11 pro? That sounds good.
     
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    MS doesn't charge for the upgrade, for the same reason they don't charge for the upgrade to win10. Although I highly doubt that it will be an upgrade to anything else than the basic home version.

    Personally I will wait a couple of release to iron out biggest bugs, but maybe it is similar enough to win10 so that there will be a smooth transition.
     

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    No need to charge since like all big coporations, they sell your data, what you view, what you do on the internet.
    Pretty much like Android, iOS.
    There is nothing for free like the say says!
     
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    Windows 7/8/8.1 users were offered free upgrades to Windows 10 so this is not a new thing.

    I've been using the same key from Windows 8 Pro to 8.1 Pro and then 10 Pro. I just reinstall Windows 10 when I need to right now. That said, I do log in with my Microsoft account to Windows which allows the activation key to be linked to my account, meaning I haven't had to manually reactivate Windows after a reinstall. For local accounts, I think you are able to just re-use the original key with the newer version?
     
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    This^^ Why sell a license everytime a new Windows is released when they can sell our data on a daily/weekly/monthly basis...
     
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    Some are just fine with that, so whatever floats your boat. Nobody is forcing you, just choose whatever. Make sure that work and personal private life are on different computing platforms and not intertwined in any way, shape or form.
     
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    The moment I manage to make World of Tank run in Linux (Manjaro) windows are dead to me.
    I play games and using Manjaro for years now for everything except WOT :/

    Vulkan games like X4 Foundations also run 20% faster on same machine compared to windows!!!!
     
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