If you plan on building your own computer instead of buying one that comes with Windows 10, you’ll need to buy a Windows 10 license anyway.So, if you are sure you’re building your own computer, you could buy a Windows 10 license now, install Windows 10 on your Vista computer, and then remove Windows 10 from your old computer when you get a new PC and use the Windows 10 license on the new computer.Stay on the unstable, Windows Insider testing builds!You’ll continue getting new features before everyone else — but they won’t always be stable.If you upgraded a Windows Vista machine to the Windows 10 preview, it’ll remain on the unstable, preview release path unless you pay for a Windows 10 license.
Microsoft is charging 9 for a boxed copy of Windows 10 you can install on any PC. You might have used — or still be using — the Windows 10 preview as a “Windows Insider.” Microsoft has made some confusing statements, but the reality is that you won’t be able to upgrade to the final release of Windows 10 unless you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 license. However, it seems you can continue using preview releases of Windows as a Windows Insider.I ran the Windows 8 upgrade assistant and my laptop meets the systems requirements for Windows 8.As the upgrade assistant had confirmed my laptop was compatible with Windows 8 I purchased the Windows 8.1 pro student version on the microsoft website.Yes, it costs more than 9, but you’re better off putting that 9 toward some new hardware that will come with Windows 10 and saving up for a while.If you do decide to shell out for a Windows 10 license, you’ll have to perform a clean install instead of an upgrade install. Windows won’t attempt to automatically migrate your settings and files.