Microsoft released the Windows 10 build 10565 to Windows Insider testers with big improvements to Cortana, Edge Browser, and the universal Skype.
The other big change in build 10565 is how Windows 10 is activated. Now, users can activate Windows 10 by performing a clean install and entering in their Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 product key. Windows 10 will recognize the valid key and allow you to install Windows 10 cleanly and easily.
“We have received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys,” said Gabriel Aul, engineering general manager for Microsoft’s OS product team.
When will the general population see the new build? According to Microsoft they plan to push out Current Branch updates once a quarter which would mean towards the end of November or early December time-frame based on Windows 10 release date of July 29th.
We always recommend a clean Windows install but the upgrade process part of Windows 10 is very impressive and works so well, we wouldn’t be against upgrading from say Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. If you are a power user, gamer, or like to install and remove a lot of different programs then the clean install is definitely the best route for you.