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Windows 7: Is it now safe to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

01 Feb 2016   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I was not doing much with 8.1 and I am not doing much with 10. So it is neither here nor there.


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01 Feb 2016   #22
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

I forgot about a key, so my own interest to have it to learn & understand and to have a platform to respond to friends with questions is not gonna work.

I never did bite on W8 and I think now I may just use W10 as an excuse to retire from my family/friend support activity!

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01 Feb 2016   #23
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I believe you can still use 10 without activating it
You're just limited to how much you can customize it....

Can also join the insiders program and use a M$ account as login... and give it a key but I don't believe it eats the key it just reserves the key encase you want to upgrade completely or at least that is my understanding of the insiders program continuing :/
M$ convoluted it just a tad wanting a key ?
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexp...review-builds/
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01 Feb 2016   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Any keyless operation is possible for 30 days. Beyond that you would violate the EULA.
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01 Feb 2016   #25
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

You mean like China
It's just not genuine your account needs attention
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02 Feb 2016   #26
OldGrantonian

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

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Many thanks for all the valuable responses. I had trouble logging in because all the posts were piled up behind the door, blocking access

To help me to make up my mind, I made notes on the relevant posts (omitting any questions). My notes follow.

One of the problems with terse notes is that abruptness can sometimes lead to unintentional offence. In these cases, I apologize in advance.

My conclusion is that I'll stick with W7. I used to use an Ubuntu partition for disk imaging and management when I had XP, so I might try that again in readiness for W7 losing its support.

And of course Ubuntu is open source. Based on some of the comments in this thread, that seems to be exactly the opposite of MS's attempts to take over people's laptops by stealth (and by stealing)

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OP

fireberd: zero probs with W10. With good advice.

ThrashZone: Everyone should try W10. With good advice.

AddRAM: Try W10. With good advice.

remm: W10 is non-private. Ads. Will stick with 7. I don't have privileges to access your late link :-(

Lance1: Try W10. Offensive invasion of privacy.

Lance1: Link gives examples of aggressive downloading of the upgrade.

whs: Has tried W10. No intention of deploying.

maxseven: Wants to try W10, but recommends staying with W7.

Lance1: Link to MS tool to create ISO.

whs: Need a license, even for VM.

paul1149: Likes W8.1. No intention of upgrading. Will move to other OS.

AddRAM: Try before buy. W10 is not safe. Even 6 months would not be a long enough trial period.

whs: Tried W8.1 and W10 - doesn't like. I wonder what they're using? :-)

maxseven: Doesn't like W8 or W10. (has W7 - see earlier)
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02 Feb 2016   #27
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Just make sure you create a system image to a totally separate hdd so if you don't like win-10 you can use win-10 recovery to back out of 10 and after that use the system image to really get back your prior install

Imaging with free Macrium
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02 Feb 2016   #28
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Just make sure you create a system image to a totally separate hdd so if you don't like win-10 you can use win-10 recovery to back out of 10 and after that use the system image to really get back your prior install
I think I've raised this before. If you upgrade to Windows 10 I'm not sure that you can simply revert back to an activated Windows 7 via a system image restore. I thought MS may check and consider you no longer have a valid Windows 7 license. Then I don't know what "win-10 recovery" is all about.
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02 Feb 2016   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I thought you keep Win7 valid for 30 days. Have they changed that.
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03 Feb 2016   #30
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldGrantonian View Post
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Many thanks for all the valuable responses. I had trouble logging in because all the posts were piled up behind the door, blocking access

To help me to make up my mind, I made notes on the relevant posts (omitting any questions). My notes follow.

One of the problems with terse notes is that abruptness can sometimes lead to unintentional offence. In these cases, I apologize in advance.

My conclusion is that I'll stick with W7. I used to use an Ubuntu partition for disk imaging and management when I had XP, so I might try that again in readiness for W7 losing its support.

And of course Ubuntu is open source. Based on some of the comments in this thread, that seems to be exactly the opposite of MS's attempts to take over people's laptops by stealth (and by stealing)

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OP

fireberd: zero probs with W10. With good advice.

ThrashZone: Everyone should try W10. With good advice.

AddRAM: Try W10. With good advice.

remm: W10 is non-private. Ads. Will stick with 7. I don't have privileges to access your late link :-(

Lance1: Try W10. Offensive invasion of privacy.

Lance1: Link gives examples of aggressive downloading of the upgrade.

whs: Has tried W10. No intention of deploying.

maxseven: Wants to try W10, but recommends staying with W7.

Lance1: Link to MS tool to create ISO.

whs: Need a license, even for VM.

paul1149: Likes W8.1. No intention of upgrading. Will move to other OS.

AddRAM: Try before buy. W10 is not safe. Even 6 months would not be a long enough trial period.

whs: Tried W8.1 and W10 - doesn't like. I wonder what they're using? :-)

maxseven: Doesn't like W8 or W10. (has W7 - see earlier)
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You've made a good choice. To answer the original question: It will never be safe to update to W10, if you value having control over your own property, believe privacy is still worth holding on to; and see no reason to upgrade a perfectly good system just so an obscenely powerful company can make more money.
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