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Old 04-04-2021, 10:23 AM   #1
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Installing Windows 10 for free?


How can I do to install Windows 10 for free in my laptop? I mean, without having to enter a serial number. I thought it was easy but now I see it rather difficult. I saw a youtube video where it says that you install it and the installer asks for a key (aka serial number). But you don't give it. That the only thing that happens when you use the system without the key is that certain things you cannot do them. But that's all. They are not important things.

Well, forget this. My question stands.
 
Old 04-04-2021, 10:43 AM   #2
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Isn't Windows 10 terribly old? I recall I had Windows 2000 once, and this was long time ago. The number should be much greater now. No?
 
Old 04-04-2021, 10:45 AM   #3
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Do you have a windows 10 iso? You use to be able to download an iso from a Microsoft download link, but now you have use the windows media creation tool, or belong to the windows insider program

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Old 04-04-2021, 11:15 AM   #4
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Isn't Windows 10 terribly old? I recall I had Windows 2000 once, and this was long time ago. The number should be much greater now. No?
As far as I know the latest version is Windows 10 (https://www.google.com/search?q=what...client=gws-wiz)
 
Old 04-04-2021, 11:19 AM   #5
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Do you have a windows 10 iso? You use to be able to download an iso from a Microsoft download link, but now you have use the windows media creation tool, or belong to the windows insider program
No, I don't have a windows 10 iso. Does it mean you can no longer install windows for free?
 
Old 04-04-2021, 11:27 AM   #6
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In order of release date 2000,XP, 7, 8, 10. I guess it still works.

https://www.howtogeek.com/244678/you...se-windows-10/
 
Old 04-04-2021, 11:27 AM   #7
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No, I don't have a windows 10 iso. Does it mean you can no longer install windows for free?
As stated previously, you can get the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft's website. You can install it 'for free' with no problems...again, their website has information on this. You *WILL* get messages about Windows not being activated, though, but it will work.

But why ask on a Linux forum about Microsoft licensing practices??
 
Old 04-04-2021, 11:36 AM   #8
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Isn't Windows 10 terribly old? I recall I had Windows 2000 once, and this was long time ago. The number should be much greater now. No?
Yeah, been hanging out for Windows 4000

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As stated previously, you can get the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft's website. You can install it 'for free' with no problems...again, their website has information on this. You *WILL* get messages about Windows not being activated, though, but it will work.

But why ask on a Linux forum about Microsoft licensing practices??
Because this OP seems to love asking stupid questions and has a long history of doing just that here...
 
Old 04-04-2021, 11:50 AM   #9
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Windows 4000! That's more like it. I remember now ... once I was hunting for something and saw "Free Genuine Windows" torrent. I downloaded it and ran in a virtual machine. It was "free" alright, but I didn't like all those ads in Chinese which were popping up all the time. So I deleted it ... How you Windows users deal with all these Chinese ads? You open a folder and boom! a bunch of ads come out from nowhere. And then it was asking questions about my bank accounts all the time. You Windows users must have steel nerves to cope with all that.
 
Old 04-04-2021, 12:03 PM   #10
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I'm waiting for the open source version of windows. The one where you can install what you want, leave out what you don't want. Doesn't phone home, doesn't auto update, doesn't black screen every other boot, ethernet devices don't just stop working, doesn't have to have a microsoft account. Windows 4000 you say, I'll have a look at that when it comes out.

Windows needs a wiki like arch, handbook like freebsd has.
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So I deleted it
Yup, so did I, not for philosophical reasons, it's a black box
 
Old 04-04-2021, 12:47 PM   #11
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Windows 4000! That's more like it. I remember now ... once I was hunting for something and saw "Free Genuine Windows" torrent. I downloaded it and ran in a virtual machine. It was "free" alright, but I didn't like all those ads in Chinese which were popping up all the time. So I deleted it ... How you Windows users deal with all these Chinese ads? You open a folder and boom! a bunch of ads come out from nowhere. And then it was asking questions about my bank accounts all the time. You Windows users must have steel nerves to cope with all that.
Yeah, don't you just miss the good old days of it, well, just totally freezing up and/or crashing altogether...

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I'm waiting for the open source version of windows. The one where you can install what you want, leave out what you don't want. Doesn't phone home, doesn't auto update, doesn't black screen every other boot, ethernet devices don't just stop working, doesn't have to have a microsoft account. Windows 4000 you say, I'll have a look at that when it comes out.
...
While I would say you could always try "Lindows", apparently M$ "canceled" that, so you'll have to settle for "Freespire" or "Linspire"...
 
Old 04-04-2021, 12:55 PM   #12
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Yeah, don't you just miss the good old days of it, well, just totally freezing up and/or crashing altogether... 
I think it was W95 which had running limit 39 days. Yes, that's right, you booted it, didn't touch it at all and it crashed on day 39 of uptime.
The last Windows crashed out from my household in 2003. It was Wife's computer. I was Windows free myself before that.
 
Old 04-04-2021, 01:33 PM   #13
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I'm waiting for the open source version of windows. The one where you can install what you want, leave out what you don't want. Doesn't phone home, doesn't auto update, doesn't black screen every other boot, ethernet devices don't just stop working, doesn't have to have a microsoft account.
Well it's still alpha, but can already run some things...

 
Old 04-04-2021, 04:14 PM   #14
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No, I don't have a windows 10 iso. Does it mean you can no longer install windows for free?
It means you need access to a licensed windows 10 system to run windows media creation tool to download the iso and/or put on usb.

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Old 04-04-2021, 04:31 PM   #15
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No, I don't have a windows 10 iso. Does it mean you can no longer install windows for free?
It means you need access to a licensed windows 10 system to run windows media creation tool to download the iso and/or put on usb.
That is not correct. You can download an iso from their website.

Here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/soft...d/windows10ISO
 
  


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