Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Home And Professional Editions Pricing

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 11:30 AM
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Microsoft has announced the final pricing details for Windows 10 ahead of the operating system’s launch on July 29th, worldwide. The software giant is remaining steadfast in its pricing scheme, selling the Windows 10 Home Edition for $119, and the Windows 10 Professional Edition for a slightly heftier $199 price tag.

For those of us currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 this news won't matter one jot; Windows 10 will be a free upgrade as long it’s claimed within the first year of its release. If you haven’t got a legal copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, or you’re still rocking Windows Vista, then you’ll have to hand over the cash for those Windows 10-exclusive features, including DirectX 12 support.

Microsoft’s previous chatter had suggested it was looking at alternate pricing schemes, such as subscription-based models, but it seems these are yet to materialise. Competitors such as Android and Mac OS X are now totally free, but Microsoft’s not playing ball just yet.

If you’re thinking of picking up Windows 10, you can grab the Windows 10 Home Edition for $119, and then pay an extra $99 for the Microsoft Pro upgrade if you want the extra features.

Check out the diagram below to find out which version of Windows 10 you’re eligible for.

Are you surprised Microsoft is still charging a premium for its upcoming operating system? Have you reserved your copy yet?

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08:43 Jun-03-2015

Well got my confirmation mail like 4 hours ago ;p

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07:44 Jun-03-2015

Could someone help me with following questions? Would it be possible to change to another language when updating (from a Dutch Win 7 to an English Win 10) and - since I'm going to buy a new rig in the next few months but my old one is

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07:47 Jun-03-2015

still OK to play movies etc - is it possible to download Win 10, burn it as on a DVD and then do a clean install on my new rig. I'll just keep on running win 7 on this one. Quite happy with it.

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23:50 Jun-02-2015

If reserved, it downloads automatically. Then, you can install it whenever you want. I reserved mine. I didn't want to stand in line :-) I didn't give my email address, so I didn't get a confirmation either. I really didn't feel like giving them that information.

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23:04 Jun-02-2015

Why is there reserve for something that doesn't have limit?

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23:07 Jun-02-2015

Reserve meaning, grab your download before your year is up.

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23:44 Jun-02-2015

Thats one extreme reserve right there

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22:39 Jun-02-2015

I have gotten reserved i put my email but did not get any confirmation :( i got legit windows 8.1 pro

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23:26 Jun-02-2015

http://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3820ma/windows_10_free_upgrades_kb3035583_and_you_a_faq/
It is because it isnt finished yet, they will send out and email when the W10 upgrade is ready.

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19:10 Jun-02-2015

got my free update resrved

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20:56 Jun-02-2015

How do you reserve a free update copy?

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03:30 Jun-03-2015

Click on the new Windows Logo on the task bar. Bottom, right.

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18:22 Jun-02-2015

Is It Just Free For One Year Or Is It A Life Time Upgrade If I Upgrade It To 10 In That Free One Year Period ?Just To Confirm If I Need To Buy It After One Year

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18:55 Jun-02-2015

If you upgrade within the one year period free, it'll be a life time upgrade.

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19:08 Jun-02-2015

so no payment after ? and what about pirated copies

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19:14 Jun-02-2015

No payment after. Looks like pirates will be able to upgrade but they will get a watermark and won't get any support from Microsoft (updates, more likely).

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17:46 Jun-02-2015

Help please. I have Win 7 ?ome Premium 64 bit-Service Pack 1 and there is no option for me to apply for a key. I got all the latest updates.

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18:10 Jun-02-2015

A lot of people didn't get it yet. I think it'll appear eventually for you. Just keep updating your PC.


It seems like it's not fully operational yet. When it appeared for me and I applied for the reserve, lots of things were still missing on the site and I didn't receive my confirmation e-mail yet. It's just a matter of time.

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20:21 Jun-02-2015

I heard that the email comes on the day Windows 10 is released.

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17:46 Jun-02-2015

I just would like to know if that 119$ is a buy price or the upgrade price?
Because it it would cost me that much after that free year id rather then downgrade back to Windows 7.

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21:37 Jun-02-2015

Buy price, if you already own Windows 7 then your upgrade is free.
If you haven't already make sure that you have updates on and restart your computer. Once done allow windows to make updates then do a final restart and you should have your prompt.

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17:07 Jun-02-2015

Win 10 Pro lul ^.^

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16:01 Jun-02-2015

With a new operating system it's always been best to do a clean install to not bring along all the garbage (files/links) that accumulates in a computer. I would guess this free upgrade is not going to allow that. :(

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17:18 Jun-02-2015

You'll probably be able to download the image and do a clean install.

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17:42 Jun-02-2015

Just format with your original Windows if it would be 7/8/8.1 then you will still have the upgrade option given when you register your windows again.

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14:45 Jun-02-2015

Another question. Let say after 2-3 years if i want to buy nvidia 1000 series or the series after 900 and i have w10. I get new mobo and video card can i reinstall my w10?

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16:39 Jun-02-2015

Yes. It'll be probably just like what happens when you change your mobo with Windows 8. You'll have to call Microsoft to activate your Windows on your new machine. The process is entirely automated, it's easy.

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14:04 Jun-02-2015

Free upgrade, sold.

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16:42 Jun-02-2015

LOL!

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13:55 Jun-02-2015

And i wanted to finnaly buy it .... but the price is like always high

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14:43 Jun-02-2015

XP Home was $200 and $300 for Pro at launch in 2001. This is a bargin.

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16:42 Jun-02-2015

Microsoft sold Windows 8 for 30 dollars in it's first year. That was when I got mine. Then I got free upgrade to Windows 8.1 and now free upgrade to Windows 10. I can't complain.

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13:00 Jun-02-2015

I already reserved my Home copy, but I think I'll download win7 or 8 Pro in VMware so I can get the Windows 10 Pro upgrade.

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12:32 Jun-02-2015

I am not sure what to think about it,
if Microsoft is not going to release any new OS later, then when they will attempt to charge us again ?!

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12:33 Jun-02-2015

Microsoft already earns billions of dollars off their other stuff.

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13:29 Jun-02-2015

then why isn't Windows 10 free ?

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13:32 Jun-02-2015

You're able to claim Windows 10 for free the first year.

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13:33 Jun-02-2015

not without loosing my current license key for Windows 7

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13:49 Jun-02-2015

So you can't dual boot, or install on a different system?

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13:54 Jun-02-2015

I think they can still earn money from the Windows Store (whatever it's called) which works like App Store and Google Play.
If you lose your Win 7 key don't worry. You can get the pirated-pre activated version online :P I'm sure this will get downvotes. I'll send you a PM with the link :D

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13:50 Jun-02-2015

You can dual boot and install Windows 10 on a different system.

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14:05 Jun-02-2015

with upgrade you automatically void your older OS license,
on the other hand multi-boot is supported :)

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14:28 Jun-02-2015

It's not void, you can always go back. However, limited to one per PC.

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14:34 Jun-02-2015

well, I am just guessing the upgrade scenario will be same as it was with Win7 to Win8, where Win7 keys were not accepted anymore, so void :P

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14:44 Jun-02-2015

well so I googled up a bit and found this useful info, quote:



  1. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.
    I googled a bit more and found out even with all that it's still possible to use Windows Rollback feature, considering that both, I'd say it's fair enough since you can basically upgrade for free and downgrade back without loosing money if you're not happy with newer system

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18:20 Jun-02-2015

What annoys me is that since Win 8, if you start the installation in Windows, you have no other options but to upgrade your current os (which means it's not a clean install). The only way to do a clean install of Win 8 or higher is to boot from CD. I remember that I could start Vista or 7 installation in Windows and

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18:22 Jun-02-2015

I had all the Disk/partitioning options which means I didn't have to reboot my PC and boot from CD in order to use these options.

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12:26 Jun-02-2015

and what are these EXTRA features they are talking about in the pro edition??

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12:33 Jun-02-2015

Mainly business-related security features.

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13:12 Jun-02-2015

so these features are useless to me right??

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13:26 Jun-02-2015

Yep pretty much.

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12:12 Jun-02-2015

i knew that if you have a pirated version that something will be paid-only. DirectX12 is arguably the best thing with Win10 and its paid if you have a pirated version.

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11:46 Jun-02-2015

I already have Windows 10 Professional Insider Preview :D

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11:57 Jun-02-2015

you might want to get win 7/8.1 on your computer if you have a legit key before win10 releases because our TP version will expire and we'll be left with nothing
(lucky i got a few win8 keys from dreamspark)

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12:04 Jun-02-2015

I get why people would want to install this on virtualbox, but as a standalone OS, no.

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12:31 Jun-02-2015

I upgraded directly from Windows 8.1 Pro. The technical preview expires after Windows 10 full releases. Windows 10 IP is very stable for me.

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11:45 Jun-02-2015

Well at least' they're offering a free upgrade to those already using 7 and 8.1... But those building new rigs from scratch will have to add that to their budget...

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