Microsoft seems to be embroiled in controversy after controversy for doing whatever it deems fit. However, this time around, the software giant decided to do what everyone wanted for a change; it promised to make an improvement to the ‘free upgrade’ rules concerning Windows 10. This means that users wouldn’t have to deal with the downright ludicrous situation of literally being forced to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 just for a free copy. This could be a real problem for users who wished to begin with a clean install. Users wanted the company to enable them to activate Windows 10 by using the product keys of Windows 7 or 8.
The company has kept its promise as it rolled out a huge Windows 10 upgrade called ‘Threshold 2’ in the previous week, which has some pros and cons, but it provided users with the convenience they desired. Now, users who have upgraded can simply search Cortana for ‘Activate’ and it will automatically bring up the Activation page. There, you are provided with the option of entering a product key. There is also a lengthier route you could take, which requires you to go into settings, move into update and security, opt for activation and then enter the product key.
You don’t have to have a separate Windows 10 product key as it can be of any eligible copy of Windows 7 or 8, which means Professional or Home editions that haven’t had Windows 10 installed on top of them already. Bear in mind that product keys of Windows RT and Enterprise are not included. Apart from that, the product keys of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be accepted by Windows 10 during the set up process for the purpose of clean installation, which can save a lot of time. Previously, users had to follow the steps outlined below:
1- First, you had to upgrade your copy of Windows to Windows 10 for creating a ‘digital entitlement’.
2- Then you had to format your computer.
3- Next, the Windows 10 had to be installed again as the previously registered hardware was recognized by the digital entitlement.
Interestingly, these changes haven’t been reflected in Microsoft’s own support websites. This change is of a positive nature so obviously, people are wondering as to why Microsoft isn’t announcing it publicly. There are a few reasons that could explain this issue. First, the software company would prefer that its users still upgrade as intended originally, which means using the digital entitlement method rather than product keys. As they are locked to hardware, digital entitlements make it difficult for users to move the registration to the new computer. Secondly, using product keys of Windows 7 and Windows 8 product keys can pave way for a black market for them. Last, but definitely not the least, Microsoft still hasn’t worked out all the kinks in its product key enforcement plans.
Regardless, installation of Windows 10 becomes easier with product keys of Windows 7 and Windows 8.