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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?

If you follow the Windows 10 upgrade process, you can keep your old files, settings, and programs from your earlier Windows edition. What if you want a completely fresh Windows 10 system? What are your options then? If you want a completely fresh system, you have a few options available. These options are also useful if you have purchased a new Windows 10 PC and you want to get rid of all the bloatware included by the manufacturer. Or, if you want to clean install Windows 10 on your existing PC.

Before Microsoft released Windows 10 Threshold 2 version 1511, which allowed users to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key, the company used to force users to upgrade to Windows 10 before they could do a clean install. The whole process was very annoying, time-consuming and complicated for most users. As everything is easy now, here’s the various options you have, to do a clean install of Windows 10.

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 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.

Microsoft has made available an update for Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows 8 Server Developer Preview to extend its expiry date to 15 January, 2013. After installing the update, users will be able to use Windows 8 Developer Preview for one more year.

Initially, Windows 8 Developer Preview was meant to expire on March 11, 2012, while the Windows 8 Server Developer Preview had its expiration date set for April 8th, 2012. As soon as the expiration date is reached, systems running under these platforms will periodically restart. If a user want to further test Windows 8, they had an option to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which is supposed to release on Feb 29, 2012. or install the update and extend the expiration date while keeping the present install running.

What is Windows Product Activation or Windows Activation?

Microsoft to curb piracy introduced Windows product activation system since Windows XP. Activation is an anti-piracy technology designed to verify that Microsoft software products are genuine. Most of the Windows users are aware of Windows Product Activation as it is so common now. Users are now required to activate their copy of Windows with Microsoft either online or over the phone within the grace period or trial period to continue using the Windows operating system.

In this article you will find some simple commands or ways by which users can check Windows Activation status easily.

Microsoft allows anyone to install and use any version of Windows 7 for 30 days without having to enter an activation key. But you can officially extend this trial for 120 days or 4 months by using a utility that is supplied by Microsoft only. This utility is called the Software License Manager (slmgr) and it gets installed with default Windows 7 installation.

To see how many days are left for your trial version of Windows 7, click Start, right-click Computer, and choose Properties. At the bottom of the screen under Windows Activation, you’ll see the number of days left in your trial period.