1. vdamir78's Avatar
    Ok here's my situation:
    I have just bought a used laptop (Dell i7) that had Windows 7 installed. Now, living in Bosnia this usually means that one has a pirated OS version. About 90% of Windows in our country is pirated (yes, even the ones used by the government, legislation, etc...)
    Though, my laptop has a win7 sticker on it, so I could've had the non pirated win7 as well, bottom line - I do not know for sure.

    So, I went on and upgraded to win 10 (pro). And it all worked fine. But having read a lot lately on this free/not so free win 10, I am confused with the situation. Do I have a working win 10 now that doesn't need involvement in beta testing (insider thing is not activated) for free like it was advertised, especially if I indeed had a legitimate win7? And how can I tell this is so?
    All I can find out is what it says in settings:
    Edition: windows 10 pro
    Activation: windows is activated...

    So where am I at with this currently?
    Thanks
    08-03-2015 06:52 AM
  2. etphoto's Avatar
    You might want to post this question in Microsoft community. I'm not sure there is a way to tell if you have a pirated verison or not. I would think if you laptop updated and is currently working you're good.
    08-03-2015 07:13 AM
  3. Pete's Avatar
    Try this web page and use the "genuine" tool to check.

    Genuine Windows - Windows Help
    08-03-2015 07:17 AM
  4. vdamir78's Avatar
    Yeah, but I read this free deal works till October? Or something like that, and if you wish to keep on using win 10 free, you need to enroll with the insider program and be like beta tester for life... Hence the question, is there a real win 10 free, or this was just a microsoft's scam to advertise win10 and allow it to be free for beta testers only?
    08-03-2015 07:18 AM
  5. Pete's Avatar
    Windows 10 ceased being beta (Technical Preview) on July 29th. From this point forward, Windows Insider participants have early access to new features/updates before other people.

    I'm not sure where you got "October" from, but Windows will be a free upgrade during the first year of availability. If people upgrade or install a new copy of Windows 10 after that point, they will have to pay for their license.

    It's not just for beta testers, it's free for everyone in the first year.
    08-03-2015 07:24 AM

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