AN ENTERPRISING COMPANY has found a loophole for those who don't automatically qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10. It's still not 100 percent clear who is getting what yet, but we already know that enterprise customers definitely aren't getting a free ride.
Zinstall allows users to migrate to Windows 10 and keep all their settings and programs intact, whereas otherwise they would be required to perform a clean install.
The company uses a sneaky method whereby it upgrades to Windows 10 via a copy of Windows 7, which it bundles in with software to preserve all your settings from start to finish.
The service costs $199, which is exactly the same as buying a retail version of Windows 10, with the advantage of a smooth migration with all your files intact, which will save a fortune in man hours alone for the average SMB.
Zinstall was founded in 2009 and allows users seamlessly to transfer from any version of Windows to any other, which is quite often not possible using an out of the box Windows setting. It uses container files to freeze your old machine's settings and spit them out into the new version.
It can also be used to create template systems for a deployment of new machines.
The service, complete with all licences and the software, will be available on 29 July when Windows 10 is due to hit the streets, although we are being warned that it could be several days before the upgrade option starts to appear.
Windows 10 is being described as the "last" version of Windows, as future upgrades will be granular rather than in a cavalcade of fanfare and incompatibility.
The final RTM version is heading to OEMs this week ready for installation on new machines. µ
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