I know Iím late to the party but FOUR questions about Windows 7 & 10

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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

    I know Iím late to the party but FOUR questions about Windows 7 & 10

    I know Iím late to the party but FOUR questions about Windows 7 & 10

    Question / Query 1

    Hi, I really hope someone can help me with this problem and another issues.

    After all these years, Iíve just got to the point of being able to leave Windows 7
    Home Premium, 64bit, for the Windows 10 free download, hopefully within the
    next two weeks.

    Sometime ago, I had read that Microsoft checks the Product ID: to check itís valid,
    before allowing the download.

    To my disbelief - when I opened ĎControl Panel/Systemí, that Iíve had no need to
    do for such a long time,
    I found ďWindows activationĒ didnít have any details;


    Is it possible that because Window 7 is now discontinued, that
    the Status and Product ID isnít relevant, and Microsoft
    have removed from view or deleted the proof that it was valid?

    But if that is the case, how does MS check that Win7 is valid to upgrade to Win10?

    Many years ago, I made a copy of the Activation date AND Product ID
    that I found today on Notepad.


    Here are the details: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

    Computer type: Notebook
    Installation Date: 18/11/2011 13:03:05

    Serial Number: 2QDBX-9T8HR-2QWT6-HCQXJ-9YQTR


    But thatís not going to help me, because I read that MS check the
    Product ID before allowing the download.

    Everything must have been okay for Microsoft regarding this machine, because
    Iíve received every 'monthly update' from day one that I always dealt with AND
    since MS stopped support for Windows 7 the updates are only now and then.
    Recently Iíve received a few MS updates, I didnít check what they were for,I just accepted them. While jotting this down 14 April, Iíve just seen anotherwaiting for the machine to be restarted.

    Question / Query 2
    My machine (ASUS N73SV - Notebook) has two hard drive bays.
    Until now, I have only ever used one bay.
    But now I want to install a 2TB SSD for Windows 10
    that I am hoping the SSD can be Partitioned
    so I can keep other data & files separate.

    So . . . Can SSD drives be Partitioned?

    If so is the partition process the same as for a WD HD?

    Question / Query 3

    The other bay, is for a 2TB WD Blue drive.
    Iíve never used SSD before, so I have no idea about this . . .
    When I transfer lets say 2Gb from SSD to WD Ė how does a
    WD regular hard drive,
    keep up/deal with the fast files trying to be written to it?
    Or is that not possible?
    (Not sure if this info helps . . .) the Motherboard has
    Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller

    Question / Query 4

    I have found it difficult to confirm about the actualspeed of SATA on this machine.
    SPECCY tells me Max Transfer Mode SATA II 3.0Gb/s
    Used Transfer Mode SATA II 3.0Gb/s

    But because ASUS had installed Windows 7 on 11 November 2011

    I thought SSD would be SATA type: SATA-III 6.0Gb/s
    that is as youíll see is after
    May 27, 2009
    [the SATA III revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s, 600 MB/s Ė was in 2008]
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    Iíve left the SATA III revision details below, if it helps anyone.

    SATA III revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s, 600 MB/s)
    SATA revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s, 600 MB/s, Serial ATA-600)
    Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) presentedthe draft specification of SATA 6 Gbit/s physical layer in July 2008,and ratified its physical layer specification on August 18, 2008.
    The full 3.0 standard was released on May 27, 2009.
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    A big THANK YOU for any help or advice on the above.

    PLEASE NOTE Ė I will not be able to thank you straight away over the next few days, but I will as soon as Iím able.

    Thank you very much for any help you've provided.
    Been hanging on to Windows 7 that has had serious issues for
    must be 4 years - before that it was working fine, and before that,
    Windows XP Professional, and first Windows 95

    Many thanks in advance,

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    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

    Hi Stephen,

    lets have a look at whats going on
    please run these 2 tools, they will give us a clue as to whats going on inside
    zip them both please

    Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

    Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

    please check your battery compartment for your backup key, with a bit of luck we wont need it... the code you found is the default for all Asus W7 Home premium comps

    As for the upgrade it looks at the Product Key..
    MS DO NOT remove product keys and as ESU is still ongoing thier validation servers are still operational
    Every user is still offered MSRT on a monthly basis

    AFTER we have sorted the above
    MAKE a system back-up with Macrium/Amoebi/EasUS all free

    Windows 7 professional system image backup to USB thumb drive?

    i would install your SSD's and secondary drive AFTER you have moved to W10
    (swapping from hdd to ssd will NOT invalidate your new licence)

    Its not really suprising your on SataII
    Any drive can be partitioned...
    we have plently of tutorials explaing this here and our sister W10 site

    As you said the system has been playing up for about 4 years, and i looked at your earlier posts,
    IT might be easier and quicker to do a clean install of W10
    REMEMBER if you make this choice BACKUP your personal docs/pics first
    the backup key will likely be required
    and you wont need Avast... which was giving you problems

    Last edited by torchwood; 15 Apr 2022 at 03:46.
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  3. Posts : 21
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Thank you Roy - apologies for very late reply (more below)

    Thanks Roy, for taking the time out to explain all that.

    I'll get on it as soon as I'm able.

    I've just learnt things I never knew.

    I've just copied all the instructions to Word,
    I'll find that easier to have it side my side,
    so I don't cock up.

    Cheers, Stephen
    Last edited by Zappastixs; 27 Apr 2022 at 10:48. Reason: To add more info.
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  4. Posts : 15,179
    Vista x64 / 7 X64

    If you make a backup image of your existing win7 installation, then you are covered.

    If you would rather do a clean install of win10 instead of an "upgrade" install, you could use the gatherosstate method.
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