I’ve been using a copy of Windows 10 Home for over a year now and I haven’t paid to Activate it, yet it still functions like a normal copy of Windows.

I run my copy of RadioDJ on it nearly everyday and for my needs it does what it should.

You’re not supposed to be able to customise it much but there are ways around it if you know how.

We’ve told a few services to shut up (Even Cortana) and used a program called WinAero to sort various bits out and we’ve got it nailed down nicely.

The only time I seem to need to restart the machine is when Windows Updates come along but even then that’s about once a month on “Patch Tuesday”

I’ve saved myself the best part of £150 by not paying for a Windows 10 licence.

I just hope Microsoft don’t change it anytime soon, I quite like being able to use Windows 10 for free, especially when my main operating system on this PC is Ubuntu Studio 18.04

I just run Windows in a Virtual Machine (VMWare Player) but it shouldn’t matter if you’re running it on a normal computer.

So if you’re still using an old operating system like XP or Vista then we’d suggest you upgrade your hardware to a newer machine that can handle Windows 10, it shouldn’t cost you that much for a bare-bones system, Then you can just load W10 on it for free. Job done.

Or do as I’ve done and run Linux/Ubuntu and run a Virtual Machine on that. You can find the media creation utility on the Microsoft website.

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Last updated on: 25th August 2018
at 17:30 PM Europe/London

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