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When Windows 10 was first released, Microsoft made it available as free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. At first, users only had the option to upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system to Windows 10. With the release of Windows 10 Threshold 2 (Build 1511), Microsoft changed this cumbersome upgrade process. Threshold 2 allowed users use their existing genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key to clean install and activate Windows 10. But all this is going to change with the expiration of the Windows 10 Free Upgrade offer program on July 29, 2016.

Let’s see one by one, what to expect once the free upgrade offer expires. What are your options available? Will you be able to activate Windows 10 using Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key after July 29, 2016? How can you reinstall Windows 10 and activate it?

Microsoft is adding an Activation Troubleshooter to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The new Activation Troubleshooter will help users resolve the common issues related to Windows 10 activation. Microsoft is making it easier for users to activate Windows 10 after hardware upgrade.

At present, when you activate Windows 10, Microsoft links the activation to the hardware of the computer. This way, if you reinstall Windows 10 it will automatically activate again by matching the hardware signature. Windows 10 fails to activate if you make some changes to the hardware and Microsoft can no longer recognize the device.

Microsoft allows Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 free of cost. Although, to successfully activate Windows 10, users are required to upgrade directly from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Once Windows 10 is installed, Microsoft activates it automatically. From the next time users can clean install Windows 10 as the product key gets attached to the Microsoft Account and the hardware configuration.

The free upgrade system sounds perfect for both Microsoft and Windows users willing to take advantage of the free Windows 10 offer. But there are reports that suggest otherwise. Sometimes, either due to technical reasons or hardware issues, Windows 10 failed to activate after an upgrade, leaving users in a difficult situation. Also, some users may not want to take the upgrade path and may like to clean install Windows 10. How to get Windows 10 to activate after a clean install the first time? For all these reasons, Microsoft seems to be getting ready with a solution. Users will soon be able to activate Windows 10 using their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key.

Windows 8.1 has changed a lot of things in the Windows world. Windows 8.1 fixed a few things which were present in Windows 8. Starting from the user interface to a number of features Windows users were accustomed to. Microsoft has also made few changes in the way Windows 8.1 activates. So, here we will show you how to change Windows 8.1 product key and activate Windows 8.1 using the new product key. Follow the steps below to enter a new Windows 8.1 product key replacing your existing Windows product key to activate Windows 8.1.

Note: Using this process you cannot interchange product keys of different Windows 8.1 edition. So, if you have Windows 8.1 installed you cannot use a Windows 8.1 Pro product key, or the other way round. You have to use the product key of the same Windows edition which you have installed.

Windows 8.1 RTM ISO’s got leaked on the internet, including x86 and x64 builds for the Core, Professional, or Enterprise editions. Microsoft has already compiled Windows 8.1 RTM with build number is 8.1-9600.16384.130821-1623 on August 21st, 2013. Microsoft has also set the official general availability (GA) release date for Windows 8.1 to October 18, 2013.

Earlier “privileged” MSDN and TechNet subscribers used to get their hands on RTM versions earlier than the general Windows users. But this time MSDN and TechNet subscribers also have to wait for the Windows 8.1 GA release to get their hands on the latest upcoming Windows operating system. Even though Microsoft delivered Windows 8.1 to OEMs in an obvious attempt to prevent a leak. But the internet is now buzzing with the news of leaked Windows 8.1 RTM ISO images.

Adobe Systems’s Creative Suite (CS) is a collection of its different applications related to graphic design, video editing, and web development. The collection is mainly a great deal for users who wants to buy almost all Adobe’s applications (e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign). The first two versions of the Creative Suite included Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and Version Cue. There was also a premium edition which included Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver and Go Live. The latest version of Creative Suite, Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6), which was released on May 7, 2012, includes the latest versions of Adobe programs and is available in five different versions. The reason why we are talking about Adobe Creative Suite here is, Adobe Creative Suite 2 is available as free download, including activation key on the Adobe website.

When Microsoft started giving away free license keys of Windows 8 Pro Media Center, software pirates found a way to activate an illegitimate Windows 8 copy. Using the Windows 8 activation workaround, software pirates converted their illegitimate copy to a legitimate licensed copy of Windows 8 at no cost. All by simply using the Windows Media Center upgrade key provided by Microsoft for free as part of a limited time offer.

It was expected that sooner or later the Redmond-based software giant will patch the activation exploit. Neowin.net now reports that Microsoft has quietly patched the Windows 8 activation bug. Now, if any user tries to use the activation exploit, they are provided with a traditional “Activation error” message.

Windows 8 is changing a lot of things in the Windows world. Breaking out of the tradition, Windows 8 is set to redefine the way users used to use the operating system. Starting from the user interface to a number of common things Windows users were accustomed with. There is no denying fact that Microsoft has also made changes in the way Windows 8 has to be activated. In this article, we will show you how to change Windows 8 key after installation to activate the operating system using a new key.

Windows 8 comes included with Windows Media Player. But do not mix Windows Media Player with Windows Media Center. Since, Windows Media Player in Windows 8 can’t play DVD movies anymore, you have to either opt for an alternative player such as VLC Media Player or you will need to buy Windows 8 Media Center Pack key. Yes, you read it correct, with Windows 8 Pro, you have to buy a separate license for Windows Media Center, which used to come bundled with earlier versions of Windows.

If you are an owner of Windows 8 Pro license, here’s some good news for you. To promote Windows 8 among its users, Microsoft is giving away free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product keys. You can use this free Windows 8 Media Center Pack key to upgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8 Pro Pack. If you are having Windows 8 license, you will need to first upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, before you can activate Windows 8 Pro Pack using the promo license key. You can get the free license until January 31, 2013.

When the first time I heard about “In-Content Preferences” over at Mozilla Links, I didn’t understand anything about it. But after digging further, I found out that its a great new feature which is very common for Google Chrome users. Basically, Google Chrome displays its preferences as a regular Tab instead of opening a modal window, which Firefox and most other browsers including Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera does.

At present, in Firefox 13 stable channel, when you access Firefox Options (by clicking on Firefox Button > Options > Options), you get a new modal window for customizing your Firefox preferences. Now, the problem is you will not be able to interact with any open tabs in Firefox until and unless you close the Options window. But soon, starting with Firefox 15, Mozilla is changing the way Firefox Options is displayed with “in-content preferences.”