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    Bumping.
    Officially MS is still offering 'free' upgrades for 7/8/8.1 (Pro) only if you purchase at least one year's monthly subscription (12 x US$20) for Microsoft 365 Business. (Look under "Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?")

    Unofficially (albeit apparently with their full knowledge) there's no problem upgrading any previously validated 7 or 8.1 OS. I'm surprised that MS is still quietly allowing upgrades from 7/8.1 to 10 even though it's now quite sometime since even the dodgy "assistive technology offer" ended. The servers will still issue a digital licence for a Win 10 install provided either (1) a valid 7 or 8.1 product key is entered, or (2) you use gatherosstate.exe from win10 install Sources folder to generate GenuineTicket.xml on the Win7 intended to be upgraded as a clean install, or (3) an in-place upgrade is performed on a valid existing Win 7/8.1 installation.

    Clearly Redmond's intention is that they want to be rid of older OSs by hook or by crook. It seems a little strange that publicly they want ppl to pay big bucks for a Win 10 upgrade while simultaneously allowing it for nix to anyone who's a bit PC savvy. Double standard?

    It will be interesting to see if these 'backdoor' upgrade methods still work for Win 7 once support ends in mid Jan 2020.

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    win 10, pre hacktivated
    updated to july 19
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    rufus usb tool, 15 min clean install
    why do we need the NBN ? because the copper network is constipated & needs fibre

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    I still have a 10 installed that was never activated and runs fine for what I use it for.
    Pretty sure I used the original iso that I downloaded for free on the MS-web site.
    The watermark doesn't bother me.
    Not sure what would happen if I would ever go online with it though, probably just a few nag screens.
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    It's perfectly legal ATM to run Win 10 unactivated and there are only a few 'eye candy' things missing. Everything updates normally, so really no big deal. At some point they may pull the pin on that too and introduce a 'trial period' i'd reckon.

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