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

5 Days Ago   #1
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 
Need to wipe a HD and upgrade to W10 afterwards and need advice.

Hi guys, I'm back!

Different laptop and situation though. My wife wants to give her old Dell laptop to our son and wants me to wipe the HD and set it back up with W10 from W7 afterwards. I read over my last posts on just upgrading but I did not find the information I was looking for so I need a refresher course or new instructions please.

So many of you were extremely helpful (and patient) before so I hope you will help again. Thanks!👍
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5 Days Ago   #2
Barman58

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

The upgrade tutorial on our sister site Windows 10 Help Forums has a number of upgrade options Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free | Tutorials

There are other specialist options on the site should you or your son need them
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5 Days Ago   #3
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Thank you for reminding me of those how to posts.
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5 Days Ago   #4
flavallee

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Depending on how old that Dell laptop is and how much debris and how many issues it has, an "upgrade" install from Windows 7 to Windows 10 may not be your best option, and the upgrade process may fail.

A "clean" install of Windows 10 may be the best option because it wipes out all of the debris and issues and starts everything out fresh.

What is the exact 7-character service tag number on it?
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5 Days Ago   #5
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

However cluttered its current W7 is, an upgrade to W10 will get it a digital license for W10.



Once W10 says it is 'activated with a digital license' you can wipe it and clean install the same edition of W10 as you got in the upgrade (Home or Pro). When asked for a key click 'I don't have one'. It will activate from the existing digital license as soon as it can go online.
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5 Days Ago   #6
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flavallee View Post
Depending on how old that Dell laptop is and how much debris and how many issues it has, an "upgrade" install from Windows 7 to Windows 10 may not be your best option, and the upgrade process may fail. A "clean" install of Windows 10 may be the best option because it wipes out all of the debris and issues and starts everything out fresh.

What is the exact 7-character service tag number on it?
Sorry for the delayed response. The service tag number is DG2TZM1. The laptop was purchased in 2011.
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5 Days Ago   #7
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bree View Post
However cluttered its current W7 is, an upgrade to W10 will get it a digital license for W10. Once W10 says it is 'activated with a digital license' you can wipe it and clean install the same edition of W10 as you got in the upgrade (Home or Pro). When asked for a key click 'I don't have one'. It will activate from the existing digital license as soon as it can go online.
Thank you for that information. I recall being informed of that just a short while back and that makes it sound simple enough.
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5 Days Ago   #8
flavallee

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

According to that service tag number, you have THIS Dell Inspiron 15 N5010 15.6" laptop.
It was purchased in February 2011 and came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
That means you can upgrade it to Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

According to its support site, it came with these specs:
Intel HM57 chipset
Intel Core i3-380M 2.53 GHz dual core processor
2 GB x 2 DDR3-1333 MHz RAM
640 GB SATA2 hard disk drive
DVDRW/BDROM disc drive
Intel HD graphics (up to 1752 MB shared memory)
IDT 92HD79B1 audio
Realtek RTL8103T 10/100 Mbps ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 802.11g/n wireless

Its support site has drivers only for Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit.
Hopefully, the install of Windows 10 will provide the needed drivers for its primary devices.
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5 Days Ago   #9
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for looking into that for me. I don't know how you got all of that information but again, I do appreciate that you took the time to verify the upgrade compatibility.

I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and downloaded the Windows 10 iso file to the desktop then I burned it to a DVD. So, am I ready at this point to reformat the HDD on this laptop and start it all over? Not sure how to finish this up to be honest.
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5 Days Ago   #10
flavallee

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Believe me, I'm not a magician.
The service tag number you provided me with allowed me to correctly identity that Dell laptop and locate its support site.
Because it's less than 10 years old, Dell still had a list of the hardware and devices and operating system that originally came in it.
That's how I obtained the list of specs that I provided to you.


If you're planning to do a clean install of Windows 10 Home 64-bit and not an upgrade install from Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to Windows 10 Home 64-bit, you may have an activation problem afterwards.
I'm going to provide you with the guide that I use to do a clean install of Windows 10 in a computer that's already running an activated copy of Windows 7.
If you follow it carefully, it should work for you.


1. Insert the bootable Windows 10 disc in its drive, then expose its contents.
2. Expose the contents of the sources folder.
3. Copy the gatherosstate.exe file to the desktop.
4. Right-click that file and then click "Run as Administrator".
5. A GenuineTicket.xml file will appear on the desktop.
6. Copy that file to a USB thumb drive or burn it to a disc.
7. Do a clean install of Windows 10.
8. Skip the step to enter a product key.
9. After Windows 10 is installed, navigate to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket folder.
10. Use the media you have the GenuineTicket.xml file saved in to copy it inside the GenuineTicket folder.
11. Restart the computer.
Notes:
The above steps should work in a computer that already has a working activated copy of Windows 7.
The GenuineTicket.xml file will only work in the same working computer that it was created in.
Before you complete step 9, navigate to File Explorer, then click "View - Options - Change folder and search options", then click "View - Show hidden files, folders and drives", then click Apply.
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