Im on windows 10, can i switch to a hard drive that uses windows 7?


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    Windows 10
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    Im on windows 10, can i switch to a hard drive that uses windows 7?


    Im currently using a 150 gb hard drive for my laptop that uses windows 10, can i switch to the other hard drive that uses windows 7? will any problems occur when i switch to it?
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  2. Posts : 37,004
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Does your laptop take two disks?

    Do you mean you wish to dual boot with Win 7?

    Or do you mean you hope to simply put the Win 7 disk into your laptop in place of your Win 10 system disk?

    Or something else?
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  3. Posts : 8
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       #3

    dalchina said:
    Does your laptop take two disks?

    Do you mean you wish to dual boot with Win 7?

    Or do you mean you hope to simply put the Win 7 disk into your laptop in place of your Win 10 system disk?

    Or something else?
    Something else, what i meant was to swap my hard drive that is on windows 10 with another hard drive that is on windows 7, will anything bad happen?
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  4. Posts : 4,727
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #4

    When you use a different hard drive with an operating system installed, you will boot to that operating system.
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  5. Posts : 37,004
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    And whether that works depends on e.g.
    - whether the Windows 7 was installed on that same PC
    if not
    - whether there's UEFI BIOS compatibility- i.e. is the laptop configured appropriately to boot Win 7
    - whether the Win 7 is, say, 32 bits and there aren't appropriate drivers for that PC
    etc...

    Too many unknowns...
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  6. Posts : 2,983
    trying to install win10
       #6

    If the hardware is very different from the original win7 machine, you might have difficulty.

    You will also need a win7 license for the machine. You might already have it , you didnt say what machine you want to put the win7 hard disk into.

    If it is the laptop with Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-7020U CPU in your specs, then it could have a slic table which entitles win7 on the machine.

    You can check it yourself by running rweverything. Download – RWEverything

    Click ACPI tables , then the SLIC tab

    Im on windows 10, can i switch to a hard drive that uses windows 7?-rweverything-slic.jpg
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  7. Posts : 1,746
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #7

    If you have used that other hard drive with this laptop in the past, then it should work with no problems, as long as you didn't change any major hardware components, which I highly doubt you have done with a laptop.
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