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What I'm wanting to know before choosing an upgrade method

is whether the free version and the paid versions will have any differences. As of now, it seems that Windows 10 could want to weave itself more into our lives than IE wove itself into older Windows operating systems. The first evidence I see in the preview version is the requirement to have a Microsoft account and provide an email address. To me, this can be risky. I would like to know if the paid version comes with freedoms that the free version will not. Although many merchants will try to trick customers into giving their email addresses (eg, "Would you like an email copy of your receipt?"), I've never had a retailer refuse my money if I didn't.

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Microsoft account

In reply to: What I'm wanting to know before choosing an upgrade method

Are you still using Win 7 like me?

I tested/previewed Windows 8 and I created a Microsoft account then to be able to use it. But if I remember correctly I didn't have to do that and could have set up the system, (and hence log in), by using what was called a Local Account; meaning, just set up and log in as usual.

But the guidance fro Microsoft wasn't exactly easy to follow and gave the impression that I had to create a Microsoft account.

I am guessing Windows 10 will also allow local accounts.

That would definitely be my choice.

Mark

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According to this

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insiders need MS account to get release version

I interpret this to mean those who have downloaded and installed the preview version. I did so but on another PC. As I recall, MS had me create an account with my email address to which they sent some code which allowed me to complete the installation. Of course, I could have been tricked into thinking something that wasn't wasn't necessary. As I recall, MS has has always required something from beta testers solicited from the general public and I have signed up for these. Windows 10 seems to have been handled differently in this regard than have past operating systems. It would seem to me that the free upgrade doesn't come without strings. I would hope that paying for it would come with the benefit of no strings attached.
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(NT) If so that would certainly make me think again.

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only gives the appearance

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paid vs free is the same software. should be no difference. You have to have an account to download but you do not need an account to install. Microsoft wants you to think you do so they hid the option under the selection of creating an account. You do need an account if you want to use the microsoft store to download any apps.

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I needed no account to download Win10 preview

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but needed to create one to complete the installation. I had to retrieve some code # from an email sent after the account was set up. In a past version (XP or 7), I needed an account to download the beta version but not to install it. They asked for bug reports then but I believe, with Win10, they access ones activity logs.

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take a hotmail account

you only use for them.

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