1. HydroOxygen's Avatar
    So I decided to upgrade to Windows 10.
    After 2 years my PC dies or I decide to get a new one. How will I install the Windows 10? Is there a way to backup the Windows 10 files to a disc (only windows files) so I would have my Windows 10 copy ready for fresh install?
    Or in that case I will need to live with my Windows 8.1?
    07-29-2015 08:17 AM
  2. Link Kadeshi's Avatar
    This free upgrade is for your current system, until it's EoL (End of Life). So if after two years you drop it in the trash (You monster!), then you'll need to buy Windows 10 on your new PC.
    07-29-2015 08:22 AM
  3. Pete's Avatar
    Umm. You'll still have your Windows 10 license that was given to you when you upgraded from Windows 8.

    The key is stored against your Microsoft Account so you won't lose it. It's possible to download ISO images of Windows 10, so you can use that to install from at a later date (no need to back up the system files yourself, and that won't work anyway).
    07-29-2015 08:23 AM
  4. HydroOxygen's Avatar
    Ok. Thanks, Pete. I had no idea that my key is stored in my MS Account (lol).
    Now I feel safe xD.
    07-29-2015 08:27 AM
  5. TheCudder's Avatar
    ...or I decide to get a new one. How will I install the Windows 10?
    If you buy a new PC, Windows 10 comes pre-installed....
    07-29-2015 08:28 AM
  6. HydroOxygen's Avatar
    With new PC I meant building a new PC... And all PCs or Laptops won't have pre-installed OS (Windows 10, Linux etc.).
    07-29-2015 08:36 AM
  7. AndyCalling's Avatar
    I thing some 'advisers' here don't understand the difference between an OEM version of Windows and a full retail version.

    OEM versions are locked to the PC they came with. Retail boxed editions are not, and can be reinstalled on your new build. Updates will follow your root licence, so if you update an OEM edition you'll only get W10 for the life of the PC but retail copies will continue to be transferrable. Just download the ISO and install from that.
    ttsoldier and HydroOxygen like this.
    07-29-2015 08:56 AM
  8. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I thing some 'advisers' here don't understand the difference between an OEM version of Windows and a full retail version.

    OEM versions are locked to the PC they came with. Retail boxed editions are not, and can be reinstalled on your new build. Updates will follow your root licence, so if you update an OEM edition you'll only get W10 for the life of the PC but retail copies will continue to be transferrable. Just download the ISO and install from that.
    ^ this.
    07-29-2015 08:58 AM
  9. michail71's Avatar
    Odds are you can do a call in activation. Now with it being tied to a MSA it might not even need that. If they detect the key is being used an unusual amount of times they may block. It's often been automated too so you might not even need to explain it.
    07-29-2015 09:02 AM

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