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Windows 7: Will Upgrading To WIN 10 Affect My WIN 7 Activation Authority?

11 Feb 2016   #1
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Will Upgrading To WIN 10 Affect My WIN 7 Activation Authority?

I have WIN 7 on my SSD1 which I loaded from a WIN 7 OEM Homebuilder's Disk that I purchased.

I have cloned that SSD1 to another as an emergency backup SSD2, that I keep on the shelf.

If I allow WIN 10 to Upgrade my computer's SSD1 and 3 months down the road choose to go back to using WIN 7, can I just plug in my WIN 7 cloned SSD2 or will activation of WIN 10 somehow treat my WIN 7 clone as unauthorized?

I realize I may be able to use the original purchased WIN 7 disk to reinstall it from scratch on SSD1, but I would not want to have to go through all that. And, might that reinstall not work long term either since Microsoft has the original WIN 7 Authorization Code and may have de-authorized it upon the install of WIN 10 (or the passing of the 30 day rollback period . . . which rollback I also would not want to have to do either after reading some of the issues here)?

I am very hesitant to install WIN 10 without the ability to easily go back to WIN 7 via clone, especially since my current SSD does not even have a System Reserve Partition, let alone the 500mb one WIN 10 seems to require which has caused issues for some who had only had a smaller WIN 7 100mb Reserve Partition, resulting in total boot failure.


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