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Windows 7: upgrading to Windows 10 Tech Preview

02 Oct 2014   #1
techtitan100

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
upgrading to Windows 10 Tech Preview

Hey guys, I was thinking about trying out the Windows 10 Tech Preview on my laptop and was wanting to know if I didn't like it if it was possible to get my laptop back to factory condition in which it came which is Windows 7 Home Premium, this laptop has a hidden partition that has the original "out-of-the-box" state and if upgrading to Windows 10 Tech Preview would erase the hidden partition.


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02 Oct 2014   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


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How to use Toshiba Recovery.
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD7C02140000R01.htm
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD1303440001R01.htm
You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:
https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...rification.jsp


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02 Oct 2014   #3
theog

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For more info on Ten.
Windows 10 Forums
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02 Oct 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

As far as I am aware preview versions of Windows have never provided for restoring the previous version of Windows. That is your responsibility. This could be done with an OEM restore facility or an image backup you have made yourself. It is not wise to rely on a recovery partition. If the drive fails you loose everything.

Be aware that the preview is intended for advanced users. Microsoft has emphasized this. The preview is not a finished product and will have bugs, some of which may be serious. The preview will expire on April 15 2015. Going to the release version will likely require a clean install.

Running the preview in a virtual machine would be much safer.
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02 Oct 2014   #5
techtitan100

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

alright I won't do it I think I will do it when the real thing comes out and pay to upgrade
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03 Oct 2014   #6
kjv1611

Various
 
 

You do realize you can just install Windows 10 into a virtualPC setup, and that way not touch your actual normal installation, right? If not, look up how to install Microsoft Windows Virtual PC, and go from there. That's the best way to handle Dev Previews anyway, since it's so early on.
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03 Oct 2014   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can easily shrink your C drive to install the preview as a Dual Boot. Just follow these same steps for Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8.

The boot files will be added to the Win7 drive on C, so when ready to get rid of the preview all you need to do is delete it's partition in Disk Mgmt and Extend C back over the space.

If this interests you then post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can make sure you're ready to go with shrinking C.
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03 Oct 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The best option is to run 10 in VMware Player. Here is a guide how to install 8, but it is the same for 10. Just select 8 as the os. It will work.

VMware Player - Install Windows 8

But if you want a native installation, I recommend you make an image of the 100MB system partition and the C partition which you then can recover later.

Imaging with free Macrium
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03 Oct 2014   #9
theog

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03 Oct 2014   #10
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The best option is to run 10 in VMware Player.
I have 10 x64 running in VMware workstation 10. If the OP goes down this route (prob with the free VMware player), he should be aware that the VM has to be allocated RAM. I have an 8GB system and have allocated 3GB to the Windows 10 VM and it runs OK. The OP's spec says 4GB so although it's pushing it, he may get it to run in, say, 2GB.
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