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Daily Archives: July 28, 2018

  • How to get a free Win10 upgrade — newly updated by Ed Bott

    Posted on July 28th, 2018 at 07:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I get questions about this several times a week, even now.

    Ed’s updated his original article — and it’s still the most comprehensive, definitive guide I know.

    The big question now is whether Microsoft will ever turn off the code on its activation servers that dispenses digital licenses after an upgrade from an earlier Windows version. I’ve continued to test that scenario throughout 2018, and I can confirm as of late July 2018 that it still works.

    So the short answer is, yes, you can still upgrade your Win7 or 8.1 machine to Win10, and the license validation will go through, no problem, no “Assistive technology” required.

    Microsoft knows the loophole’s still there, although it officially expired in January. They just don’t advertise it.

    Remember that it’s in Microsoft’s best interests to get you off of Win7 or 81, and onto Win10. Whether it’s in YOUR best interests — that’s something you need to figure out for yourself.

  • Surface 2017 gets a big bunch of firmware/driver updates, too

    Posted on July 28th, 2018 at 07:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Following hot on the heels of the massive Surface Pro 4 and Surface Laptop firmware/driver updates on July 24, Microsoft released a similar big set of fixes for the Surface Pro (2017) on July 26 (the update history says July 25).

    Still no word on the Surface Book or the Surface Book 2 — or the Surface Studio, for that matter.

    I wonder if the Surface Go will have the patches applied, or if everyone will be scrambling for those, too.