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Windows 7: Need to wipe a HD and upgrade to W10 afterwards and need advice.

1 Week Ago   #11
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

So, I should not reformat the HDD before I do the upgrade. Is that what you are saying? That is what I was planning to do. I thought that after I reformatted the HDD that I then had to have the DVD with the iso files in it in the CD drive then reboot the laptop and it would read the DVD on bootup and start the W10 install. I guess I have it all wrong in that respect.
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1 Week Ago   #12
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
 
 

You have a currently working Copy of Windows 7, this obviously has access to the correct key, or the fact that the system is legally licenced, which is recognised by the update software and should upgrade "as is" with all your programs and data in place, you may find that some specific manufacturer options, that are not supported by the manufacturer on Windows 10 may not work, (this would also apply to a fresh install).

Once you have your working windows 10 you can then wipe the drive and reinstall Windows 10 as a fresh copy (as factory) and it will use the licence from Microsoft's Servers without any issues (when asked for the key simply select "I'll enter later" option

The option of a fresh install onto a blank disk is a preferred one, But ONLY if you have a copy of the Unique Key on the outside of the device, as the one that shows on the system currently will not work for upgrade (it's a general default that is accepted by the manufacturers install software only, they use this for initial install at the factory and provide the external key for other update routes)

By doing the upgrade you will end up with a key registered against the system you have (based on various hardware options ) stored on Microsoft servers that will work for future installs and updates, and may also be transferred to new hardware in future as long as you set up a microsoft ID, (Outlook.com email address), and use this at least once to log into windows.
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1 Week Ago   #13
flavallee

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

graywoulf:

You said you want to do a clean install of Windows 10 in your laptop which has a working activated copy of Windows 7, so I provided you with the method that I successfully use.

Barman58 is correct in what he told you:
You can do an upgrade install from Windows 7 to Windows 10, then use the Windows 7 product key to activate Windows 10, then do a clean install of Windows 10.

My concern though about doing an upgrade install from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is that the upgrade process may fail - which has happened to me in about 1 in every 5 computers that I've upgraded.

It's your choice on how you get Windows 10 in your laptop.
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1 Week Ago   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
 
 

The reason for my recommendation for the upgrade is duel, first it should automatically revert to the current status on failure, second is thet you need the full details of the COA sticker showing the unique Licence key for the specific computer, the one in the current Windows 7 install is the default key so will not work for a fresh install

If you have the full key from the sticker then the fresh install to a wiped disk should work
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1 Week Ago   #15
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks guys, I apologize for being a pain over this but I'm just trying to be certain I understand the process. I will do the upgrade from W7 first then go from there. The W7 key sticker is intact on the bottom of the laptop so that is a plus.

Thank you all very much and I will let you know how it goes.
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1 Week Ago   #16
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
 
 

One thing I should have asked before anything else - Do you have a backup of your current system?

If not you should seriously consider making one Things like Macrium Reflect Free and Aomei Backupper Free are available
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1 Week Ago   #17
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
One thing I should have asked before anything else - Do you have a backup of your current system? If not you should seriously consider making one Things like Macrium Reflect Free and Aomei Backupper Free are available
Thanks for asking and the answer is yes. My wife did a backup using the Aomei Backupper but I may redo it as I have used Revo Uninstaller to remove most of everything that was not needed. I might switch to the Macrium Reflect Free instead.
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1 Week Ago   #18
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
 
 

I myself use Aomei Backupper Pro, as I find it more like the old systems I used to use, but Macrium Reflect is a good system Too
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1 Week Ago   #19
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Thank you everyone for the help and education. The deed is done and it went smoothly. Was even able to clear the HDD during the process and so any leftover personal data is gone and it is just as good as new as far as the OS is concerned. So this journey is done and marked as solved.

Thanks again!
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1 Week Ago   #20
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by graywoulf View Post
...The deed is done and it went smoothly...
Great news. Now would be a good time to make a system image so you can easily restore it if you son breaks anything.
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