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Monday, 3 August 2015

Which Edition of Windows 10 Will I Get as a Free Upgrade?


Upgrading to Windows 10
I recently started the free upgrade process for Windows 10 on my Windows 7 Professional PC. Yippee! There has been so much noise made about how much Microsoft has  put in to Windows 10 to erase the bad memories of Windows 8 (much like what happened with Windows 7 after Windows Vista) that I just couldn't wait to get mainstream feedback from users before migrating. Plus, with the pace of users in these parts of the world to adopt new technology, I couldn't risk losing out on the Free Upgrade which Microsoft has offered for a year. In as much as I love using Windows, as an advocate for Open-Source technology, I don't see myself paying $199 for a Professional edition of the new Windows 10.

One of the questions I asked myself before starting off was this: "Which edition of Windows 10 will Microsoft give me?" So, I checked out the Microsoft FAQ page and found the exact answer. In summary:

Windows 7
From Edition To Edition
Windows 7 Starter Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 8
From Edition To Edition
Windows Phone 8.15 Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 8.16 Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro for Students

If you have any edition other than what has been listed in the table above, you would need to purchase the Windows 10 operating system to experience it. Microsoft however, recommends a newer device when installing Windows 10 to get the full experience.

Happy Upgrade! Don't forget to tell us what your experience has been.

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