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Windows 7: Is there a truly risk-free way to try Windows 10?

19 Jul 2016   #1
SevenOfNine

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Is there a truly risk-free way to try Windows 10?

I've been hemming and hawing about giving Windows 10 a try.

But I'm very hesitant. Windows 7 SP1 runs fine and is configured to my liking.

Is there a truly risk-free way to try Windows 10?

I know that there is a 30-day free "return to Windows 7" option included with the Windows 10 "upgrade". But I hardly trust that after switching to Windows 10, and then back to Windows 7, that everything will be exactly the same.

So, step by step, is there some way to switch from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10, and then switch back (if desired) so that Windows 7 is exactly how it was before it was touched by Windows 10?

I'm only using about 250GB on the 1GB hard drive, so maybe it's possible to backup onto that same drive? I also have an external USB hard drive with about 300GB free on it, so that's another possibility.


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19 Jul 2016   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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20 Jul 2016   #3
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

Get another drive & clone yours to it, & u/g. If you dont like 10, well, switch drives, , , (format the '10' drive & you have a spare, get a usb case & use for backup, etc.)

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20 Jul 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I wouldn`t even bother with cloning 7, just get another drive (as suggested) and clean install 10 and give it a test run.

Remember to unplug your windows 7 drive, and any other drives before you install 10.

There`s only 9 days left for the free upgrade to 10. Why did you wait so long ?
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20 Jul 2016   #5
SevenOfNine

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I wouldn`t even bother with cloning 7, just get another drive (as suggested) and clean install 10 and give it a test run.

Remember to unplug your windows 7 drive, and any other drives before you install 10.
The "free upgrade" allows a clean install?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
There`s only 9 days left for the free upgrade to 10. Why did you wait so long ?
Because I read thousands of posts from people claiming it is horrible in so many ways. But I've also read some posts by people saying they like it. Overall, the negative posts greatly outweigh the positive ones, but I'm still curious to try it.
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20 Jul 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you can clean install 10 and enter your 7 license, but then you`d give up that 7 license. (If you wanted it free that is)

You should have tried 10 yourself a long time ago, you can`t listen to anyone else`s comments on 10, you have to try it out yourself.

In my opinion, it`s just another OS with a new GUI, once you learn it, it`s all the same, just different
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