Ken from Texas writes:

In your tip on upgrading from Windows 8.1 to free 10 you said I would have to upgrade my 8.1 license to 10 and the upgrade would be free. Is this license upgrade going be free or will it have to be purchased.  If it has to be purchased then the upgrade to Win 10 is in fact not free.

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Ken, if you have Windows 8.1 running on your computer, you already have a license from Microsoft for that operating system and you’ll be able to upgrade that license¬† to Windows 10 when that free upgrade is made available. The license isn’t separate from your purchase of the Windows operating system, it’s part of the purchase.

You will need to have either Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 as your operating system to be eligible for that free upgrade.  If you buy a new Windows 10 computer, the license for the OS is included in your purchase price.

~ Cynthia