Find out which version of Windows 10 you will get when you upgrade for free
If you own a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC, you likely know that your machine is eligible to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches July 29. That free upgrade offer will last for a year after that date, but which Windows 10 SKU will you get for that free upgrade? Microsoft has revealed that information on their Windows 10 specification page.
If you own a PC with Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft will give your machine an upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Owners with Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate will get Windows 10 Professional.
Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Bing users will get Windows 10 Home, while Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro for Students owners will be upgraded to Windows 10 Professional. As Microsoft has previously announced, owners of Windows RT devices like the Surface RT and Surface 2 won't get a free upgrade to Windows 10, although they are supposed to get some kind of update that will add some of Windows 10's features.
Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)
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On a similar note, I'm probably leaving my dell venue 8 pro on Win8.1 still prefer it for small tablets, will upgrade my laptop and desktops to Win10
Ordered online, shipped to South Africa and never had an issue.
Used to have the Bristish Blackgold, but that only worked for 7 months.
As far as my complaints, there are other feature of Windows 10 that I would like to be able to leverage on my HTPC, but that lack of Media Center makes that a non-starter.
Edit. Both my machines say pro, when they both weren't pro...
And it was somewhat of a joke, but serious, but don't be so serious, it's just a joke.
It is an extremely unstable and unreliable os. ALWAYS some kind of issue! When will they realize that people don't work for MS, that the time wasted on their product issues is wasted time?
Do we just get the release build of Pro or do we, as some have said, have to rollback to the previous OS, 7, 8 or 8.1, and upgrade from there?
I guess my plan will be to take advantage of the upgrade on the HTPC, and the three desktops, 2 netbooks, 1 Surface, and two Dell Venue 8 Pro units in the house.
But first, I will make disk images of all machines before upgrading. Then, I will make disk images of all machines after upgrading. Then I will load the 7 or 8.1 images back on to all of the devices, and save the 10 images for down the road. Why all this trouble?
Because MS is doing away with Media Center in 10, which is the ONLY currently available software compatible with CableCard and encrypted content to use your PC as a television DVR. And in addition to the thousands spent upfront on all my Windows-based devices, I have roughly $600 Invested in Ceton CableCard devices, and $450 more invested in upgrading the four 8.1 devices I have to the "Pro" version, just so I could pay yet more money to get Media Center on them with the "Media Pack" add-on. My only hope is that MS either rethinks the decision to get rid of a competely unique product in the marketplace, and keep it, or bring it back later, Or perhaps something esle we be created that will run on Windows 10. In either event, I'll have my free upgrade disk images waiting to load back on everything I own. As an IT profressional, I think MS could have come up weith a better plan. And they better not make CableCard DVR capability exclusive to XBox down the line, becuase I don't play games at all, and don't want to have to buy a limited-upgradability game console just to get Media Center back.
I'm just glad W7Pro will be supported till 2020.