1. blazinglitten09's Avatar
    I read the Windows 10 activation or not article at this URL: https://www.windowscentral.com/you-d...ate-windows-10. I was wondering if you only get one year of updates and then following that, do they force you to activate, whetever you want to or not, or do they just nag you every time you boot up the computer, and entice you activate, or even further, do you get updates for life, but you have to deal with no personalization and the watermark, cause I read in the comments, and one person replied about the same thing, but the reply he got back said that you can only use Windows 10 for 14 days with no updates, and after the trial is up, they force you activate and they won't even let you do any dang thing on the computer or not, whatever you like it or not. What case is it because if I want to try installing Windows 10 on a old laptop soon, and if it won't let me use just after 2-weeks, then I'm better off using Linux on the darn thing. Can anyone explain to me in full and Explicit detail how this works?

    ~ blazinglitten09, Jesse.
    05-07-2019 09:05 PM
  2. excalibur1814's Avatar
    This is what happens: You use the software but, eventually, legally, you should pay. My home Nuc had a trial of Windows 10 for months. Carried on working fine. It's in Microsoft's best interests to keep you updated.

    Or join the Insider Program (If that's still applicable).

    Check Amazon to save a lot of cash on a licence key.
    05-09-2019 07:33 AM
  3. excalibur1814's Avatar
    Or... just use Windows 10 until it annoys you and move to Linux.

    Or... just use Windows 10 until it annoys you and re-install Windows 10.

    Or... buy a licence key.
    05-09-2019 07:35 AM
  4. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    You can get a license key cheaply on eBay too.
    05-09-2019 09:15 AM
  5. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    The 30-day trial period was removed since Windows 8. The last version of Windows to have a trial period is Windows 7. Only in Windows Vista RTM and earlier you won't be able to access your computer without activation unless in Safe Mode. In Windows Vista SP1 and later you can still access your computer without activation.

    Also you can activate Windows 10 using a Microsoft account.
    You still have to pay for a license though. Basically, you will have to activate it at some point.
    Devele11 likes this.
    05-09-2019 09:24 AM
  6. Drael646464's Avatar
    FYI, the free upgrade path still works. So if you have a legit license for windows 7 and upgrade, you are golden.
    05-11-2019 11:24 AM

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