Only Windows 7 Users And Above Will Get Direct Upgrade To Windows 10

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Jan 3, 2015 12:00 PM
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Microsoft has spilled the beans on the upgrade path for users looking to get hold of Windows 10, with only users of Windows 7 and above capable of direct upgrades. Windows 10 is expected to roll out its consumer release later this year, and for many the upgrade will be as simple as popping the upgrade disc in and installing it.

Those still sporting Windows Vista and below however, will have a little more trouble. Both Windows XP and Windows Vista users will need to upgrade using standalone ISOs that Microsoft is going to make available, and all data and settings will be wiped in the process.

Microsoft’s engineering general manager, Gabriel Aul, revealed the news via Twitter, writing that the upgrade path would be the “same for Vista as XP. The only full upgrade paths currently supported are Windows 7 and newer.

The upshot of this is that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade and keep all of their existing settings and apps, while Windows XP and Windows Vista users will have all their data erased and require a fresh installation.

The news fuels rumours that Windows 8 users could be granted a free upgrade, while Windows 7 users could incur a small cost, and finally Windows Vista and XP users will be charged the full amount. Will you be making the jump to Windows 10 as soon as possible? Or are you happy with what you're running currently?

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08:41 Jan-05-2015

I'm currently using the Windows 10 beta and I have to say that this is probably the most enjoyable experience I've ever had on an OS. It is snappy, looks so clean! It marries the elegance of Windows 7 and the modern features and speed of Windows 8.1. I will be happily downloading X when it comes out :D

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08:24 Jan-05-2015

I love my Windows 8.1, but i'm gonna upgrade to W10 if it have a good reviews.

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12:40 Jan-04-2015

If they do the same discount as they did for win 8 at release, I'll get it instantly.
(Got Win 8 for 10€ at release day)

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10:34 Jan-04-2015

I'm now completely satisfied with Windows 7, but I will upgrate to 10 only because of DirectX 12. And I think that I'm not the only

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11:25 Jan-04-2015

There will be win 11 in time when dx 12 games will be released :-D

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21:19 Jan-04-2015

So, the existing DX 11 games won't benefit from DX 12, right? (without patches, updates, etc..) :) I must admit I've never thinked about it the way that games must be programmed esspecially for DX 12 to make advantage from it, but it makes a lot of sence :D

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22:31 Jan-04-2015

Yep, like you said

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22:36 Jan-04-2015

Ok, thanks for info ;) So I think I'll continue to use Win 7 for some time :D

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23:55 Jan-04-2015

i say keep an eye out when dx 12 comes out and dont be afraid of change. we are too young for that ;)

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06:58 Jan-04-2015

I'm happy with my current windows 7 ...thank u very much :p :)

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05:29 Jan-04-2015

I'm entirely content with Windows 7 but now that it appears Windows 10 will respect desktop users, I'm inclined to go up to it upon buying or building my next PC.

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03:41 Jan-04-2015

I like my windows 8.1. It feels smooth as butter :)

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03:24 Jan-04-2015

I am staying with Windows 7 Professional until I can see Windows 10 in action somewhere. I need a traditional Windows 7 style UI to navigate. I absolutely couldn't use Windows 8 or 8.1. The forced Metro menus kept me totally screwed up... :(


I am hoping Windows 10 gives better performance than 8.1 & has the option to use a Windows 7 style UI & menus to navigate.

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18:33 Jan-06-2015

1) Windows 8.1 is faster and snappier than 7
2) Metro is not forced upon you. The only place you 'have to' live with it on is the start menu...which you can easily mod to have your Win7 Start menu back.


Don't forget - this is PC and Windows we're talking about - you can do ANYTHING you want with it!

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19:40 Jan-06-2015

There is no way that I have heard of to get a normal functioning start menu that doesn't completely take you away from what you are doing when using Windows 8. My laptop came with 8 & I really did try it out. 8 is not any faster than 7 when they are both installed on a SSD. I have run both on this rig & from an actual cold boot 7 actually boots faster for me. Windows 8 UI is impossible for me.

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22:45 Jan-06-2015

a simple google yelds instant results, such as:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-get-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/

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00:22 Jan-07-2015

Not without using a third party app. I will not modify the OS in my laptop. No one should have to modify the Windows 8/8.1 OS to get a traditional Windows experience. There is no way to get the Windows 7 style UI on Windows 8 without third party apps. So Windows 8 sucks for PC. From what I have seen it even sucks on smartphones & tablets. 8 is the worst Windows version since Windows ME. :(

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22:03 Jan-07-2015

Are you joking?! It works like an absolute wonder on my Surface Pro 3 and desktops/laptops I own/have access to!
If you're afraid of 'modifying' the OS using third party programs, I believe you should probably stick to the base OS and nothing else as literally all the software you install modifies the registry - oh no!!!
Seriously, just get on with the times???
Truly the best OS since Win7

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23:34 Jan-07-2015

Do you really not understand where I am coming from with my opinion? I have used 8 & 8.1 & they both suck big green donkey balls. Give me Windows 7 for PC & Android for tablets & phones. That is all I need. I am too old to try & learn how to use the chop shop Windows 8/8.1. Oh & the other software you spoke of do not actually alter Windows UI or how Windows operates. Don't try being a smart ass...

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23:46 Jan-07-2015

@leadstardude well just because you dont like it or dont want/cant learn how to use it it doesnt mean it sucks bro... its just preference.

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00:13 Jan-08-2015

@ Loukas, Uh... usability is the most important thing. That should always come first. You can have the fastest OS ever & it won't mean squat to someone that can't use it.

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12:32 Jan-08-2015

yeah of course. but lots of people seem to be managing with windows 8.1 so... as i said it seems to me more like a matter of preference or habit rathen than bad design.

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15:48 Jan-08-2015

Most of the people you are referring to are under 25. A lot of people like me that are pushing 40 don't want the Windows UI changed. We have had the same style of UI for over 20 years now. Too old to start learning how to Use Windows all over again. When I can't find anything I am looking for even after a few months of use it is very bad. Some things even seem to be missing, or at least hidden.

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15:51 Jan-08-2015

yeah man i get what you mean and i totally understand it and you are right. all i am saying is that this doesnt make it bad. all things change and progress. we cant expect them to stay as they are just because we are familiar with them.

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16:01 Jan-08-2015

Yeah... I didn't mean it was bad on a technical level just bad on a usability level for people use to the traditional style UI. I just hope Windows 10 gives us the option to use a Windows 7 style UI or a Windows 8 UI for people that like it. Don't force either one, but offer both. Traditional style should be the default for PC though with Metro as optional unlike what happened with 8.

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19:57 Jan-08-2015

indeed. options is what i like too.

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17:04 Jan-10-2015

@Leadstar - you DO realize that Win8 is the same 7 in every possible way except that the start screen is now full-screen (which for a lot of people is good) and it has a metro interface that can be running in parallel that you don't even need to access if you don't want to. Under the hood, Win8 is Win7 with the same base build number.
So I REALLY HONESTLY don't understand your reasoning here...

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18:04 Jan-10-2015

Read a few of my previous comments because I already explained.
Quote from above: "Yeah… I didn't mean it was bad on a technical level just bad on a usability level for people use to the traditional style UI"

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18:18 Jan-10-2015

but it's EXACTLY the same minus the start... Surely you can't dismiss the whole system for one thing you dislike, otherwise I would probably not have a phone or literally anything else...

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19:03 Jan-10-2015

Why does it bother you so bad that my old brain couldn't figure out how to work Windows 8? I just couldn't use it period. I use Android KitKat 4.4 on my phone just fine, & I use Windows 7 on my PC just fine. However when I tried Windows 8 on my PC for a few months I couldn't figure it out, & when I played with my brother's Windows 8 Nokia phone for a few days I couldn't figure it out either.

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21:05 Jan-03-2015

Why does everyone hate Windows 8? It is a good OS and I have had no problems with it playing games. The Metro UI is not forced on you and I just use the normal Windows interface most of the time. I am happy with Windows 8.

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21:11 Jan-03-2015

Because it's the "in" thing to do. I love it myself.

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03:05 Jan-04-2015

I feel the same way Dnav11... I too like Windows 8... It is just Windows 7 with some tweaks and new start menu... Take away the Metro UI and it is actually the same with negligible changes...

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15:22 Jan-04-2015

Albeit much snappier than 7. Plus the full-screen start menu is super useful in organizing my software and games as well as helping me keep my desktop clean :P

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19:38 Jan-04-2015

I just don't like the forced full screen start menu or anything else forced by Windows 8's Metro style of UI. It is impossible for me to use. I am hoping that the traditional Windows 7 style menus will be back for Windows 10 personally or I will be stuck with 7 forever until I just can't use a PC anymore due to these modern OS updates. I really have too much trouble with forced Metro.

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19:53 Jan-04-2015

Just use the StartIsBack program. It's what I use.

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20:01 Jan-04-2015

I am not going to use a third party app just to make an OS work the way it should by default. That is just ridiculous & it proves just how crap Windows 8/8.1 really is. Forcing a tablet UI onto PC has to be the dumbest thing Microsoft has ever done. No... I will not do that. I will just be stuck with Windows 7 until Microsoft corrects the problem with a new OS, or until I am just forced out of PC.

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20:41 Jan-03-2015

My uncle actually has Windows 10 (the testing edition or whatever that's called) and it's basically Windows 7 but with the appearance of Windows 8.

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20:23 Jan-03-2015

I don't care about windows settings, I can get everything to the way it was within a day, since my SSD is solely for OS and some programs.


I'd rather a clean install, but first I will wait for reviews on win 10 before I even think of moving. If it is cloud only, or something stupid like that, then no way.

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18:17 Jan-03-2015

Ehh, to join the discussion. I've never had any luck with an OS besides 7. And XP of course. 8.1 had terrible hangs that would lock up my rig for more than 40 seconds at a time. and 8 did the same thing aswell, being the metric UI. And on my blog you can see my experience with win10 (beta) That being said, I'll wait for reviews. So I cannot say anything bad at this time :P

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18:10 Jan-03-2015

I like my Windows 8.1 and will probably miss the upgrade to Windows 10 for a while until I get some reviews.

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19:37 Jan-03-2015

ditto, Windows 8.1 actually works well and I hardly use the Metro thing. If I wanted to find a program I would just click Windows key + S to search

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19:37 Jan-03-2015

I use the StartIsBack program. :D

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18:05 Jan-03-2015

I still think that Win10 should be offered as a $20 upgrade in the App Store. It's built off the Win8 engine so it makes sense. I also think it would allow people to upgrade and still allow Microsoft to make some money, both are currently objectives of the company.

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16:59 Jan-03-2015

Windows 8 is actually a good OS, if you are able to fix the driver problems on your own.

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17:40 Jan-03-2015

I installed on my old laptop both windows 8 and 8.1 and I had with 8.1 problem with lan drivers and I was getting BSOD, but with windows 8 had no issues. with which drivers you have problem?

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18:35 Jan-06-2015

I have had absolutely ZERO problems regarding drivers on Win8/8.1
What you guys are saying here is truly a mystery to most Win 8.1 users :)

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16:46 Jan-03-2015

i do like windows 7 at now i didn't find a good challenger every windows has new lags
windows 7 still the best
this is what i think !!

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18:28 Jan-06-2015

Then you clearly have not used Win 8.1...

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19:43 Jan-06-2015

I have & I hate it.

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22:47 Jan-06-2015

what's the reasoning behind it and how long have you used it for?
I was a white sheep hater before I used it, for the first couple of days I was totally confused and then just fell in love with it. Been using it for a year an a half on my rig here as well as a few months on a Surface Pro 3

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15:04 Jan-09-2015

6 months of use & I never could find anything I was looking for in 8/8.1 + every time I wanted to use the start menu the damn thing would completely take me away from what I was doing to a full screen menu that completely interrupted what I was doing. What the hell happened to the small traditional start menu that would just overlay on a small section of the screen? Why would that be taken away?

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17:08 Jan-10-2015

As discussed previously, there are tons of options for complainers like yourself to change it back. And do you REALLY need complete immersion in your MS Word or whatever it is you do when you click on start..?
If you can't find something, Win8 offers the same search functionality as Win7. Control panel is there too. System32 and Windows folders are in the same place.
Same base build number too..

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18:12 Jan-10-2015

Really because many of the settings I immediately searched for were missing. I never did find some of the stuff I was looking for because a lot of it either isn't where it used to be or has been hidden from users.


I don't like it & you do... I bet you are a lot younger than me & that the 8/8.1 style is just awesome for you. That is great for you, but for an older guy like me 8/8.1 is unusable.

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18:19 Jan-10-2015

I'm 22 and proud to call myself a geek :)
Just out of interest, what was missing/gone/relocated exactly?
No hard feelings, just interested.

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19:11 Jan-10-2015

It has been so long ago that I can't remember specifically. I would have to jump on a Windows 8 machine again & start looking around to remember.


Oh & I'm 38 so keep in mind that I have been using the same style of UI on Windows OS for all of your life. Over 20 years of the same style of UI usability killed by Windows 8 is what I am seeing... :(

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00:58 Jan-11-2015

Hey, I myself started using PCs since I was 5, so not THAT much of a difference here. I suppose it's the age thing here then, but it still bugs me how you can figure out new androids and your PC parts and overclocks, but not a simple UI. Sorry :)

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01:49 Jan-11-2015

To be fair I have been using a PC since I was around 8 when my dad got an IBM 5160. I have seen PC change a lot, but the traditional Windows style UI has been primarily the same for over 20 years now. People like me want to see things improve, but not in a way that totally confuses us people that have been using PC for so long. I am fine with extra options available, but not forced change

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15:58 Jan-03-2015

I almost shouted at GD Box Asking Will W10 Be Free Upgrade Looks I got Answered Thx Author (Stuart Thomas)

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14:55 Jan-03-2015

i was willing to try 8 but it didnt happen cause i never to format my pc so i was bored to do so. same goes for 10. if at some point i need a new clean windows install i will install 10. until then i am staying with 7 cause bored.

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14:49 Jan-03-2015

sticking to win 7, at least for now.

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14:25 Jan-03-2015

Yay, I'm in luck for the first time ! :)

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