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MintasL375
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6/27/2015 | 3:03:08 PM
Free Windows 10 offer
A few days ago, I saw a new icon on my task bar, inviting me to get free Windows 10. I have a Sony all-in-one PC, bought in 2011 (ergo, not too old) with Windows 7. I went through the motions only to get a message that my computer doesn't qualify because of the incompatibility of my NVIDIA graphics card with Windows 10. It's hard to believe that one of the best, relatively new cards on the market would be excluded from Microsoft's new operating system. I haven't encountered any mentions of this exclusion anywhere in the writeups covering Windows 10. Why is Microsoft misleading the media and its users about the "free" installation of this software when it knows full well that there are limitations to its use? 
H@mmy
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[email protected],
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6/28/2015 | 4:43:22 AM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer
I am irritated seeing the Windows icon in the task bar, may be because I am not used to it. Although  I have applied for the upgrade but still this icon sticks there on the task bar and has no options of close or remove.
Technocrati
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6/28/2015 | 12:39:44 PM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer

".....my computer doesn't qualify because of the incompatibility of my NVIDIA graphics card with Windows 10. It's hard to believe that one of the best, relatively new cards on the market would be excluded from Microsoft's new operating system."

 

@MintasL375   I can relate to your frustration, this issue of drivers has been the most consistent part of MS since their beginning. 

You would think NVIDIA would be one of the first cards they wrote drivers for .....Nope.   I am sorry you are going through this because this concept of "free" by MS is just a new as this OS offering.

Technocrati
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6/28/2015 | 12:44:52 PM
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@[email protected]    I can relate to your frustration as well - I started a board weeks ago regarding this very issue - which I guess was buried by indifference.  Maybe we should start charging MS for these annoyances ?  

Since we don't own the OS, we do own the hardware.   Good Luck removing that icon - probably need to deep dive into the registry.

 

Probably will be as easy to remove as any other virus.

tzubair
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tzubair,
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6/28/2015 | 2:11:06 PM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer
@Technocrati: Is there no option to remove the button and tell it that you don't to upgrade? If there's no option now then MS might build up a patch for it and roll it out. Fortunately, I haven't received the button yet so I don't know what you guys are talking about.
tzubair
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6/28/2015 | 2:16:43 PM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer
"Why is Microsoft misleading the media and its users about the "free" installation of this software when it knows full well that there are limitations to its use? "

@Mintas: I think that's just a marketing gimmick whereby they allure the users into trying out something and then try to make them pay. MS has been doing that with all versions of Windows lately. If you ask someone to pay upfront before trying it out, it's going to fail massively. No one would have any reason to dish out the dollars and purchase the new version.
Technocrati
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6/28/2015 | 2:30:22 PM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer
@tzubair     I don't see one.  But I think now that we are complaining MS will address the issue.  You don't have it embedded in your task bar yet ?   When was the last time you updated and rebooted ?  

In any case, it should be there any day now - they have even hit my Windows 7 machine.  I do not appreciate the invasion.

And it is good to see I am not alone.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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6/28/2015 | 3:24:59 PM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer
@tzubair  I believe you are correct.   As Kelly mentions in her other piece on Windows 10 Upgrades FAQ .

MS is going to have seven versions of 10 available and I don't see those coming to us for free.
asksqn
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6/29/2015 | 6:17:51 PM
MS Desperately Seeking Relevance
MS can't even give away Win10 for FREE, nevermind shaking down the faithful to keep its buggy OS afloat.
tzubair
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6/30/2015 | 12:35:11 AM
Re: Free Windows 10 offer
" You don't have it embedded in your task bar yet ?   When was the last time you updated and rebooted ?  "

@Technocrati: Fortunately I don't as yet even after rebooting. I am using an enterprise version of Windows 8.1 so may be they probably won't be making this change for enterprise users.
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