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Windows 7: Reformat now or after Windows 10 offer expires?

22 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 ultimate
Reformat now or after Windows 10 offer expires?

Background: I had gotten the black screen saying my windows (7 ult retail) was not valid couple weeks ago, along with clicking. Narrowed the clicking to an external hard drive. After I fixed that issue, I was able to boot fine. Upon investigation, though saw that this install (after I reverted from 10) was in a vm environment, so I need to reformat and start over. I do NOT want Windows 10. Tried on this machine and it's just not what I want (I've tried 3 machines out, so please don't warn me about I have to upgrade some day - I've decided to go with different os when this finally dies).

Question: Should I reformat now (my disk is Win7 ult sp1 retail) and reinstall windows, or would it be easier after the deadline for upgrading to Win10? I am dreading the search for all the updates that want to push 10 and would like to avoid that issue altogether if possible. I am still able to use the machine, just have to reboot several times a day.

Any guidance appreciated.

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22 Jul 2016   #2

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

You might look into this it is the newest way to update after a clean install it's not too bad getting stuff from the catalog,

The last update to install keeps changing
July update rollup KB3172605 to replace June's KB3161608

But the 10 related updates are easy to avoid if and when they appear in the Optional section.
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22 Jul 2016   #3

Windows 7 ultimate

I've read through these and sounds like perfect solution. However, the caution about bluetooth has me concerned. Is this just with Intel bluetooth or would it also effect Logitech b/t keyboard and mouse?? I will look in the closet and see if a wired one of each is available in my stockpile, but I'm not sure.

Thanks tons!
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22 Jul 2016   #4

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

Not sure if you read it says if that update is installed "after" and problem occurs no telling if it makes a difference or not ?
I pretty much avoided the bitlocker update it had other issues too plus I have no intention of ever using bitlocker :)
It was I believe a Recommended update so it should show up in the Optional section if you exclude recommended updates from being mixed up with real important updates which is also recommended because all win-10 related updates were recommended updates :)
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09 Aug 2016   #5

Windows 7 ultimate
Problem solved

Okay, so it was actually handled for me. My brother-in-law had a short stay in hospital out of town and then passed away. By the time we returned and I decided to do anything, it was well past the end of free Windows 10 offer. So I updated as normal and working with no issues. Good grief even. I really thank you ThrashZone for the help and just wanted to update why I seemed to disappear.
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