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Windows 7: Downloading W10, but not installing it. Questions

06 May 2016   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And you don`t have to be an expert, my daughter can install windows in her sleep, it`s so easy.

That`s what we`re here for, to help you If you have a question just ask, but keep them simple and to the point

Read some of the tutorials, here`s one to start, and hey, Have fun

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06 May 2016   #12
TrustMe

 
 

You say you tried Windows 10 for 2 weeks. Did it activate? If yes, then you can install Windows 10 any time you want for the life of that computer and it will activate. The computer's hardware ID gets stored on Microsoft's activation servers.

If you decide to try Windows 10 again, when it asks for a product key just hit "skip". Do not enter one. It will activate automatically once you connect to the Internet. Just make sure you install the exact version you installed the first time. (Home or Pro).

One more thing. If you make big changes to your computer's hardware, like replace the motherboard, it will NOT activate after the replacement. Or If you make to many small changes to the hardware, it will break activation. No one knows for sure exactly how many hardware changes are needed to break activation, but you can definitely break it.
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07 May 2016   #13
ILoveW7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I honestly do not remember if I activated it.

Guess I could download / install and activate it now and just switch back to w7, yes?
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07 May 2016   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It doesn`t work like that, you can`t keep going back and forth with your 7 key, once you activate 10 and go past 30 days, your 7 key is obsolete, or so I`ve read, others can confirm that.

If you don`t go 30 days and go back to 7 then you`re ok with 7, so what`s the point of going to 10 if you didn`t like it.

Windows 7 will be supported for 4 more years, if you want 10 by then just buy it.

Windows 10 is not worth giving up a Windows 7 key for, not no way, not no how.


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07 May 2016   #15
ILoveW7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, there is always the possibility that they will make it decent. And the little "Jew" in me is screaming "Find a way to keep your free copy". lol
I don't want to use it, but I don't want to loose it if there is a way to keep it for later use either.
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07 May 2016   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s not a free copy because you are giving up Windows 7, so there is nothing free about it.

You can not do what you want without loosing your windows 7 license.

If you had Windows 8.1 installed then I`d say "What are you waiting for, do it" LOL

That`s what I did. I hate 8
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07 May 2016   #17
ILoveW7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

100% agreed about w8. My PC came with it preinstalled (w10 wasn't out yet). I gave it a honest 3 months. It was so bad. By the end of the 3rd month I realized I hadn't powered on the pc in over a week and I was only using my laptop with w7 on it. Did a ton of research, bought a copy of w7 Ultimate, figured out how to change the BIOS, pre-downloaded all the drivers I needed and went for it. Went pretty smooth too considering how nervous I was messing with BIOS.

I guess a part of me just wants w10 to be as good as they claim. I will be checking out the "performance" section here... See if I can learn a few things to make this PC run a little smoother on some games.

Thanks for the information everyone.
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07 May 2016   #18
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yea I haven't seen anything 10 is better at other than tracking and changing my personal settings so yea it is better at those two items
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07 May 2016   #19
TrustMe

 
 

I don't see why you can't do it again. I have never heard or read anything that said you can't do it twice.

Make a backup your Windows 7 activation before you tried it. That way if you run into a problem you can always reinstall Windows 7 and activate. I have used the first 2 programs a number of times and they work. I would download all 3 and make a backup with each. Keep them in a safe place. You never know when you need it.l

Or better yet, make a complete image of your hard drive using Macrium Reflect Free before you start the upgrade. If something goes south, it will only take you 20 minutes or less to restore your hard drive. Make sure to make a recovery USB or DVD. You will need it to restore your image.
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07 May 2016   #20
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello TrustMe,

If you upgraded to the free W10 from the activated W7 key, then you can't have both Windows 10 and 7 installed and activated with the same key at the same time since it violates the EULA. If one tries, both will eventually be deactivated when they check in next with Microsoft's activation servers.
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