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Windows 7: Upgrade To Windows 7

02 Mar 2016   #21
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Thanks for that, Might give that a try, at least then I will know for sure if 8.1 or 10 will work or not......Del.


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02 Mar 2016   #22
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Once you have your key it may be possible to download the install media for 10 from Microsoft and install on your system using the Windows 7 key so an upgrade install would not be needed - check out the tutorials at or sister site Windows 10 Forums
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03 Mar 2016   #23
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

O.k, Thanks for that will have a look........should get disc from friend today, but will only use it if it is genuine item, and has an activation key, which I am beginning to doubt, failing that am going to order the one from Amazon which seems to be legit......here's hoping......oh and could a moderator please change my username to just Del 80.....from Del 80Del......not sure how I ended up with that..............Del.
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03 Mar 2016   #24
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Del, If you get the disc from your friend, in addition to not using any disk that does not need a key, (a pirate disk), you should definitely NOT use any key they have unless you can be certain that they have not used the key previously. also as you have a Dell, you could use a Dell disk from your friend, but that would also have to be un-used. You should also not use a disc from any manufacturer other than Microsoft Direct or Dell.

The key may work initially to install but will likely never activate (or if it did, would normally be caught by Microsoft's regular checks so would not allow you to update the OS for security patches ETC)
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03 Mar 2016   #25
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Del 80 View Post
O.k, oh and could a moderator please change my username to just Del 80.....from Del 80Del......not sure how I ended up with that..
Done
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03 Mar 2016   #26
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Thanks for doing that........I now have the disc.....in a plain DVD sleeve, with WIN7 written on it in felt tip.....and no activation key .......probably best avoid.....still thinking about the one on Amazon.......Del.
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03 Mar 2016   #27
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That disc could be fine, made from an iso file or copied from another install disc.

Your problem is the key, you don`t have one

Just install one of the Linux distros we`ve already mentioned.

Then you`ll have to buy Windows 7 somewhere.

Did he even write the version of Windows 7 on the disc ?????
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03 Mar 2016   #28
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Del,
Have a look at either Novatech or Clevo, they are Custom builders.
i know Novatech still have copies of System Builder OEM versions of W7, about 120 (the right price! yelp)

Roy
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03 Mar 2016   #29
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Del. this is for your future use when you need specific drivers for your hardware, it may be worthwhile trying it before you spend any money

Drivers & Downloads | Dell UK

As for the disk on Amazon, It does seem cheap, that could due to a scam, or it could be due to it having a limited use (only usable on Dell systems), as long as amazon's money back guarantee applies it may be worth a try - only you can decide of course
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03 Mar 2016   #30
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Thanks for that......still deciding what to do......in the meantime have just added 2 GB of RAM to the laptop......so gone from 1 GB to 3 GB...... made quite a difference.....now, what to do about this disc ?.......Del.
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