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Microsoft's Free Windows 10 Upgrade: 10 Things Partners Need To Know

Microsoft will allow the majority of Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. But there are plenty of caveats.

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Windows 10 'Free' Upgrade Breakdown

Microsoft's free upgrade options for Windows 10 have been garnering increasing attention as the July 29 release date for the operating system fast approaches. Partners said there are still unanswered questions about licensing terms, clean installs versus in-place upgrades, and whether once you upgrade to Windows 10 is it possible to downgrade back to Windows 8.1 or 7.

"Nothing is ever as clear as we'd like it to be with Microsoft," said Bob Nitrio, president of Ranvest Associates, Sacramento, Calif. "When Windows 10 is popular in the press, it initiates a lot of discussion with our customers. The good news is, we are in no rush to upgrade to Windows 10. But we still need more answers."

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