After the confusion that emerged as to exactly who is entitled to a free upgrade to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft has now moved to clarify the situation, updating a blog post to “clear up a few things”.The original post, published on Friday, appeared to intimate that those taking part in the Windows 10 Insider Program, who have been trialling free versions of Windows 10, would also receive a free upgrade.

However, Microsoft has now confirmed that this will not be the case.

“Friday’s post was intended to clarify how the Windows Insider Program will proceed, and in attempting to do so created some unintended confusion,” Gabe Aul, head of the Windows Insider Program, notes in the updated post.

Aul goes on to write that only users with a genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 license will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, regardless of whether they have participated in the Insider Program.

So, while users can sign up to trial Windows 10, should they subsequently opt of the Insider Program, and not hold a Windows 7 or 8.1 license, they will not get a free upgrade.

Stay in the program, however, and users that fall into this category will keep receiving test versions of the Windows 10 software.

“This is pre-release software and is activated with a pre-release key,” Aul writes. “Each individual build will expire after a time, but you’ll continue to receive new builds, so by the time an older pre-release build expires you’ll have received a new one.

“Since we’re continuing the Windows Insider Program you’ll be able to continue receiving builds and those builds will continue to be activated under the terms of the Windows Insider Program.”

So, users can by this means keep accessing Windows 10 for free. Essentially, for users in this boat, stay in the Insider Program and you will keep receiving Windows 10.

As Aul goes on to explain, those that opt out of the program will be subject to exactly the same terms and conditions that govern the offer for genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 customers.

“This is not a path to attain a license for Windows XP or Windows Vista systems,” Aul writes.

“If your system upgraded from a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license it will remain activated, but if not, you will be required to roll back to your previous OS version or acquire a new Windows 10 license. If you do not roll back or acquire a new license the build will eventually expire.”

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