Earlier this week Microsoft announced that it would provide a free copy of Windows 10 to anyone who tested out the current preview build, all they had to do was do a fresh install of the build on a PC and then test it. When Windows 10 launches on July 29th the users will receive an upgrade which will bring them up to the final version of the new software. That would have allowed Windows Vista and XP owners to get a free upgrade as well. Microsoft appears to have gone back on its word and has subsequently caused confusion over this.
This isn’t the first time that there has been confusion over the Windows 10 upgrade process, previously many were confused when it seemed like the company had said it would provide free upgrades even to those who are running pirated copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, but now we know that that’s not the case.
Microsoft actually updated the blog post through which it made the official announcement and removed a couple of words, where it previously said users running the preview build will “receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated,” it now says they’ll “receive the Windows 10 final release build.”
The company also added a couple of sentences to that post to clarify the upgrade process, reiterating that free upgrades will only be provided to those who are running genuine copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, something which they have confirmed multiple times in the past.
Microsoft has not cleared this up which is why many are confused about the Windows 10 upgrade process, particularly when Microsoft executive Gabe Aul is saying over Twitter that anyone with the Windows 10 preview build and a registered Microsoft Account is eligible for the free upgrade.
Here’s hoping that this is cleared up real soon.