Microsoft revises Windows 10 ‘free upgrade’ rules

Microsoft changes how your free upgrade works
Microsoft changes how your free upgrade works

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software giant, has finally revised its activation rules for Windows 10 that will eliminate the need to use product keys in most of the upgrades.

The new rule, dubbed Build 10565, will allow users to register into Windows 10 using their existing Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 keys, according to Gabe Aul, vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group.

“If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key,” he added.

This is the first official update to Windows 10 and will be available to members of the Windows Insider program. The revised rule makes it easier for the users to reinstall Windows 10 on a PC that’s already been activated, according to ZDNet.

Other prominent improvements include integration of Skype messaging and video calling capabilities with Windows 10 through Universal Windows apps. The update will enable users to make quick calls to other Skype users for free via 3G or 4G and Wi-Fi enabled PCs and tablets.

In the meantime, the Edge browser incorporates a Preview tab that will help users keep an eye on other open tabs. The all-new syncing feature in Microsoft Edge will let users sync their Favorites and Reading list items.

This upgrade will also allow Cortana to work even more intelligently, according to Microsoft. The AI will try to assimilate digital annotations the owner uses frequently to understand reminders based on location, time and numbers.