Windows 10 update question

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Hi, just need clarification on a windows 7 system which was upgraded to 10.  Have an OEM system which was originally shipped with windows 7 Pro. I've just managed to update the system to win 10 build 1903 using the following link which I was testing?

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
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...and the question is...?

Technically, it is possible.
Legally, there is no MS documentation that states that you may still upgrade (although it works). Instead, they write that the free upgrade period has expired years ago.
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I agree - I don't see an actual question... I see the question mark at the end of a statement, but no actual question.

If the question is, does that mean you have a license, then NO, it does not.

Licenses are *NOT* product keys and activation DOES NOT mean you have a license.  License keys enable activation and activation is a method Microsoft uses to minimize the possibility of piracy, but it is NOT, in and of itself, a license.

*IF* the computer was sold AFTER july of 2015, it MIGHT have shipped with a digital license for Windows 10 but been factory downgraded to Windows 7.  The only way you can know FOR CERTAIN is if you find the purchase documentation for the computer and CONFIRM it was sold with Windows 10.  If it did, then the upgrade should be fully license.  If it didn't you have to buy a license - EVEN IF IT ACTIVATED!

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So the question is, if Microsoft are not enforcing a license block (which was the case a few months ago) seems they are allowing systems to be updated to windows 10 through their own public links, so what's not stopping people updating OEM system builds if it works and dies with the product?
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MS had never set a block - that is just a rumor. It worked all the time.
Theory goes: MS wants anyone to update to 10. Even those that are not officially entitled, because they can earn more money with 10 - sell telemetry data, have people use their store... just a theory.

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I tried the above link to update to windows 10 a few months ago which would proceed to around 30% and fail due to licencing which was the correct outcome. However, having tried it today using that same link it just worked.  I will always purchase the correct license details  but it just makes you wonder if they are reverting back and running a last minute attempt to get more people on to 10 before the win7 cut off date.
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I have followed the discussions and anywhere, when people said "it no longer works", there was always someone writing "here it worked just now" at the same time. MS has never established any mechanism to stop the upgrade.
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The question if you can answer, did this Windows 7 have/gone through the upgrade cycle and reverted back, or had the get Windows 10,
The issue may relate to a Vendor/OEM where some pass, while others fail.

The licensing is electronic.
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it seems to be a way for MS to increase the market share still more

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