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Anyone familiar with Microsofts fine print on the free win 10 upgrade

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Hey all,

Just had a few questions about the free win 10 upgrade and how it works with the license.

I was thinking of taking my retail win8 pro key and upgrade that to win10 pro.

From what I understand the free upgrade binds to the machine I do the upgrade on correct?

If that is the case what does Microsoft define as a machine? (specifically)

The reason I ask is I was thinking of installing it in a VM so I am wondering if I will have issues if I ever delete the VM and create it again and go to install win10.

or if I decide to install it on the physical host instead of the VM, its still technically the same machine but I suspect windows wont see it that way.


Thoughts?


If you are curious as to why I am asking these questions,

I am trying to setup an unRAID virtualization host and I haven't upgraded my win8 key yet so I will have to install win8, then upgrade to win10 and then I will want to do a fresh install of win10 since I hate upgrades.

I have not had much luck with unRAID thus far so I may give up and just install Win10 on the physical host and be done with it (but I don't want to risk my key being bound to the VM)
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You can downgrade back if you don't like Win10.
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I've read of people having problems reverting back to Win 7 from Win 10. A better approach would be to make an image of the C: drive (I suggest using Macrium Reflect Free) and also backup your data (I suggest using FreeFileSync for that) before you "upgrade" to Win 10 (I personally feel it is a downgrade). That way, you can restore your C: drive with far fewer chances of problems and, if your data somehow gets corrupted (I've heard of that happening, too), you can recover it from your backup.
     
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The key gets bound to the Motherboard, but in case you upgrade, you can re-bind it to your new mobo via a call to Microsoft.
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