Windows 8 is a concept that hasn’t been liked by too many long-time Windows customers, mainly because it took away some features that they were so familiar with. But Windows 10 is said to come and fix these issues and here’s why it needs to be free for Windows 8 owners.
Windows 10 is said to be Microsoft’s operating system that Windows 8 was supposed to be. After millions complained about the absence of the Start Menu and didn’t adopt the Windows Store idea wholeheartedly, Microsoft had issued Windows 8.1, trying to fix some of the problems.
However, even that wasn’t enough, despite the various desktop improvements that were released for mouse and keyboard users. That’s why many rushed to uninstall Windows 8.1, which resulted in a lot of issues and problems.
But the biggest problem for Microsoft is that Windows 7 and even Windows XP haven’t embraced the Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 concept that easily. And here’s where Windows 10 steps in – not only that it tries to bring familiar desktop features, but it unifies the experience across Windows Phone, desktop, tablet and, why not, even wearable devices.
However, it would be a disaster if Microsoft forced Windows 8 or 8.1 owners to pay for Windows 10. After all, it doesn’t come with groundbreaking new features. And I think that Windows 8 owners should be rewarded for embracing the new vision. Windows 10 is also Microsoft’s way of saying ‘sorry’ to Windows XP, Vista and 7 users that wanted to make an upgrade to something new.
As for Windows 8 users, Windows 10 simply has to be free for them, there really is no other way around.
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Even though many Windows users still think about whether upgrading to Windows 10 or not, I have upgraded. Having a paid license on a Windows 8.1 laptop, I have upgraded to Windows 10 whithout paying a single penny. I just used the license key that I have extracted with Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder, a great tool for not losing your license key.
After the upgrade, my Windows 10 worked like a charm and it still works. I suggest you check your license key if you have bought Windows 8 or 8.1. If you have NOT and you have a free copy or a non-licensed copy then prepare your wallet because this will cost you a Windows 10 license.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2014 and was revamped and updated in September 2018 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.