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PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
I am now forced to use Windows 10 with 7 being stopped in January. Someone I know has said that to register the serial number it will cost £100. This does not seem correct to me but I do not want to load it and be caught for this charge. Can you please enlighten me? Also I understand there is a built in section that allows Windows 10 to look and work like windows 7. Is this correct?

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

After Windows Vista reached end of life I changed to Linux Desktop and I'm happy as never before.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

You need to move on or be left behind. Windows 10 is not scary or difficult. It is at least marginally more reliable than older operating systems and it will actually make older hardware run a touch FASTER, not slower. So, no reason to strand yourself on a technological desert island. This from someone that hates to change.

As stated, the Windows 10 upgrade is still free and easy to do from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 I've done about 10 in the last month. Not one had any problems and these were PCs between three and six years old.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
Hi goombawaho. Long time since I was on here so nice to hear from you. I like to have new OS disks as I find it easier for me, due to being disabled, to load new software onto fresh SSD. I have an old DOS program that runs on 32bit windows 7. I am looking for a 32bit version in windows 10 but have not found a OS disk. I know I am still stuck in the past. It is also confusing because there are vary many different prices out there. They range from £5 for a code up to over £100 for a 32/64 disk with code. All say they are genuine!

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Guess you should have migrated when Microsoft offered the Windows 10 update for FREE.

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(OP)
According to the reports at that time Windows 10 had problems so I left it. Some computer magazines are now saying Windows 11 is coming. I thought 10 was going to be the final Microsoft was issuing.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

All version of Windows have had issues that why there are different versions/updates 1.0, 2.0 3.0 3.1 3.11 XP Service pack 1,2,3...

Windows 10...Windows 11...
There will never be a final Windows version.

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"Thank you for calling Technical Support. If you feel you have reached this number in error, please hang up and try again." ~Jane Barbe

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>Some computer magazines are now saying Windows 11 is coming
This would suggest that you are reading the wrong computer magazines - the ones that report internet myth as truth without doing any basic journalism …

>Guess you should have migrated when Microsoft offered the Windows 10 update for FREE

As advised above, you can still get it for free.

>I like to have new OS disks as I find it easier for me, due to being disabled, to load new software onto fresh SSD

If you follow the instructions you reach from the link I provided, you can pretty easily burn your own copy of the W10 to media of your choice.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

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I have an old DOS program that runs on 32bit windows 7. I am looking for a 32bit version in windows 10 but have not found a OS disk.
In the past I solved similar problems in running the old DOS programs in DOSBox
Other Option would be to install your 32 bit Windows7 in the VirtualBox running on Windows 10.

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Some computer magazines are now saying Windows 11 is coming.
IMO, if Windows 11 comes it will be based on Linux kernel.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
I know I am getting on in years now, early 70's, but I did once try DOSBox but I must be simple as I could not get it to work nor completely understand it. Virtualbox I have not heard of.

Is it me? Oh for the easy life of DOS!!!!!!

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Well, sorry for the complications you have. I understand not wanting to move forward for various reasons. But it is free after the pain. If you get the media creation tool, you can create a bootable USB or DVD that has 32 and/or 64-bit versions.

Link

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

>IMO, if Windows 11 comes it will be based on Linux kernel.

If you are on Fast Ring, then you already have a fully integrated Linux kernel for windows available, WSL 2. And that's Windows 10, not Windows 11.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

If you have an old dos application, look up the free software for windows 10 called dosbox The link is below. It will run dos applications on a windows 10 system by running the application under a dos emulator. inside a window. I have used it in the past and it works very will.

https://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1

Bill
Lead Application Developer
New York State, USA

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Although the article does mention it, I'll just make it clear here: that only works if you have installed the 32bit version of W10

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
I have made a complete note of all comments made and the links. I have just got a copy of windows 10 pro 32bit so after this festive period I will sit down and carefully enter the new world of 10.

Thank you all for your input and help. Much appreciated.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

The step from Windows 7 to Windows 10 isn't as strange as it was from Windows 3.11 to Windows 95.

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"Thank you for calling Technical Support. If you feel you have reached this number in error, please hang up and try again." ~Jane Barbe

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(OP)
I went from Windows 3.11 to Windows 98 as my friends said 95 was unstable. I liked 98, 2000, XP & Windows 7.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

It's funny... it seems that with Microsoft, "Every other version" is good.

Windows 3.11 - Good
Windows 95 - bad
Windows 98 - Good
Windows ME - Bad
Windows XP - Good
Windows Vista - Bad
Windows 7 - Good
Windows 8 - Bad
Windows 10 - Good

I sense a pattern....

Just my $.02

"What the captain doesn't realize is that we've secretly replaced his Dilithium Crystals with new Folger's Crystals."

--Greg

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

@gbaughma
And what about windows 2000? Was it good or bad ?

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
I loved 2000. I found it most stable and easy to use.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Next version of Windows will be taking the best of Windows CE, Windows ME and Windows NT and will be called Windows CEMENT.

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Re: Windows 2000

Servers weren't in that list.... NT, 2000, 2003, even 2016 all good. :)

Just my $.02

"What the captain doesn't realize is that we've secretly replaced his Dilithium Crystals with new Folger's Crystals."

--Greg

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Ah but Greg, Windows 2000 Professional was a desktop product, not a server product

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

One could argue that W2K Pro was a separate production from the W9x products. It wasn't until XP that W2K was combined into one product. Or was it Vista? I can't remember now.

James P. Cottingham
I'm number 1,229!
I'm number 1,229!

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

W9x was based on MS DOS and it used FAT filesystem.
Windows 2000 was different, based on Windows NT and it used NTFS filesystem.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Windows 10 is really good and its totally worth it in my opinion :)

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I had forgotten about NT. We used NT, then W2K before moving to XP. Boy, that was a long time ago but, then again, I cut my teeth on IBM 360 architecture using Hollerith code.

James P. Cottingham
I'm number 1,229!
I'm number 1,229!

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Yes, long time ago. At that time, I was a beginner administrator of a small network of department employees at an university. We had Windows NT4.0 server and several desktop versions: Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98. Then I got the new Windows 2000 machine and it was really outstanding good and stable OS.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
I started with an Amstrad 1512 5" floppy disks to start it up. My friend eventually put a 100mg hard drive in it to make it easier to start up. He said that would last me for years! Things have changed and come a long way since I started on computers. I have found all your comments interesting regarding the various OS systems. I doubt not in my time but it would be nice to just think what you want and the computer does it. I expect some of you will see that happen.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

Well, if we're going down the nostalgia road....

I started on a TI learning module. Programmed in Binary. My first computer (with a keyboard) was a Radio Shack Color Computer 2.

I've been on the Internet since 1986... ran a multi-line BBS, moderated an AOL chat system, and have written software for Tandy, Pitney Bowes, and numerous health care facilities. :)

Just my $.02

"What the captain doesn't realize is that we've secretly replaced his Dilithium Crystals with new Folger's Crystals."

--Greg

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

£100 for Windows 10 ?
No, just get a license via eBay - certainly not £100

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
How can you tell if it is genuine? Members on this site over the years have warned about buying different OS sytems on eBay due to illegal copies.

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

>No, just get a license via eBay

Why go to eBay if it is still free direct from Microsoft via the links we have provided above?

RE: PAYING FOR USING WINDOWS 10

(OP)
I now have a copy. It was just that I thought I would mention the illegal copies that can be on eBay. I am waiting to get a new SSD then load the Windows 10. I have enjoyed reading the memory lane bit. We all have our favorite OS systems. Cannot imagine what the next 20 or so years will bring in the computing world. Not that I shall be here to see it. I could be looking down and seeing the same comments made that we are having now.

Again thank you all for your interesting post replies.

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