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Windows 7: How many installed Windows 10 and then went back to Windows 7?

18 Nov 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
How many installed Windows 10 and then went back to Windows 7?

I have upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 because it has Windows 8.1 which I hated anyway.
With my latptop touchscreen I guess I'm happy using it while travelling.

My desktop has Windows 7 which I really want to keep to the end 2020.
I 'm considering doing a clean install on my SSD drive to see how it performs and probably go back to Windows 7 after a few days.

My question is if I do a fresh ISO install of Windows 10 and erase all on my SSD will I be able to go back to Windows 7 using my image backup? I know Windows 10 is permanent after using it over 30 days.

So would their be any problems restoring my Win7 image when I become tired of Win10 without having issues with my Win7 Prod ID?


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18 Nov 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Restoring from an image is always fallible. Reasonable people can differ on the risk.

The risk is correlated to your personal experience with the imaging application, but it's always there.

If you honestly think you would go back to 7 in a few days, why bother---particularly when you state you already have 10 on a laptop. I'd think you could evaluate it on the laptop without putting it on the desktop.
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18 Nov 2015   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

The 30 days to go back to 7 is just the win-10 system restore of windows old folder will only work with in that time frame.

A system image can always be used as far as I've read.
I believe you'd have to reformat the hdd or ssd first to get rid of 10 then use the recovery cd created for the system image.

I've personally never upgraded a win-7
I've tested many previous 10 iso's since testing started and now that insiders program is effectively over and requires a upgrade of a qualifying os I'm now done with that too.
Thanks but no thanks
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19 Nov 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Personally not a fan of upgrading an OS in the first place (fresh install always the way to go) but adding in the complication of a roll-back into the mix and I'm not sure your PC would perform exactly as it did before the Win 7 > Win 10 upgrade.

In that regard, either upgrade the PC or leave well alone.

Regarding images, personally never had a problem reinstalling an OS or system from a cloned image (Acronis True Image has always worked for me).

Win 7 will be supported to 2020 and after that I'll possibly go the Linux route

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19 Nov 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

Thanks everyone.
I will play with my laptop Win10 and see how it goes.
I will hold off on my desktop.
Appreciate your opinions.
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19 Nov 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

This is my understanding.

If you go from Windows 7 to W-10 and want to go back to Windows 7 after the 30 day are up your COA key for Windows 7 is no longer going to work. The COA key has been applied to W-10 after the 30 days.

If you go back to Windows 7 before the 30 free trial is up your Windows 7 COA key still should be good for Windows 7.

I'm also one that does not do upgrades of Windows operating systems.
Clean install is my method of choice.
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19 Nov 2015   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Personally if I want Windows 10 I will buy it and install it on another machine.

Check this rollback tool to go back to 7 after a 10 upgrade:

Note: I have not used this software.
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 How many installed Windows 10 and then went back to Windows 7?

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