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  1. Posts : 7
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    Can I run the Windows 10 tech preview after the end date?


    I just installed it two days ago and it fixed the problems I had with Windows 7. I don't want to go back because it's just going to be... Sh**. I really hope I can still use it!
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  2. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    husseinHr said:
    I just installed it two days ago and it fixed the problems I had with Windows 7. I don't want to go back because it's just going to be... Sh**. I really hope I can still use it!
    You can't run windows tech preview beyond Oct 1, 2015. But, if you have a working windows 7 and a valid license for it, you can upgrade free for life to Windows 10. In order to do that, you MUST have a valid Windows 7 running at the time of the free upgrade. There are many articles on this forum discussing free upgrades from MS, just search for them. In the meantime, you can continue to run Windows 10 and get new builds and updates.

    Do not totally throw away your Windows 7. You will need to have it installed. You can run dual boot, or in a VM for now, or re-install Windows 7 later to get the Windows 10 upgrade free.

    Look at all the info in this forum and on Microsoft sites.

    Hope this helps clear up up a bit. :)
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    Some time you will have to buy the software, in order to be fully fuctioning.

    And its a free update from windows 7.
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    jisr7 said:
    Some time you will have to buy the software, in order to be fully fuctioning.

    And its a free update from windows 7.
    see my post above......
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    f14tomcat said:
    Hope this helps clear up a bit. :)
    It does! Thank you very much. I couldn't make the dual-boot work because I couldn't partition the HDD (wouldn't let me). I will install W7 again to upgrade later :) Maybe a VM will do too.
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    husseinHr said:
    It does! Thank you very much. I couldn't make the dual-boot work because I couldn't partition the HDD (wouldn't let me). I will install W7 again to upgrade later :) Maybe a VM will do too.
    Glad it helped! Post a screenshot of your Disk Management display, maybe it will show why you can't partition. You may have too many primary partitions or not enough space to shrink a volume. I'll take a look if you'd like? Remember, if someone gives what you consider helpful hints or guidance, you may give them a "Rep" (lower left corner of the post that helped). Not required, your choice. :)
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    f14tomcat said:
    Glad it helped! Post a screenshot of your Disk Management display, maybe it will show why you can't partition. You may have too many primary partitions or not enough space to shrink a volume. I'll take a look if you'd like? Remember, if someone gives what you consider helpful hints or guidance, you may give them a "Rep" (lower left corner of the post that helped). Not required, your choice. :)
    Just gave you the Rep. I tried earlier but my keyboard wouldn't work on Google Chrome.
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    Can I run the Windows 10 tech preview after the end date?-2015_04_15_17_34_27_disk_management.png
    Oh, here's the Disk Management thing. I think there is a drive (the 450MB one) for a Virtual Machine I set up once, not sure.
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  9. MikeHawthorne's Avatar
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    Hi

    I don't see any reason you couldn't shrink the C:\ drive and create a new parturition on it.
    The 450 Megabyte drive appears to be your recovery partition, and the System Reserved partition is normal.

    The Windows 10 drive should be about 100 Gigabytes if you are going to install Windows 10 on it.

    What message do you get when you ask it to shrink the C:\ drive?

    If you see a message that it is going to convert the drive to Dynamic say no and back out of the process.

    Assuming that doesn't happen.

    Once you have it set up install all your software on another drive, (the C:\ drive will become drive D:\ so just type in a D:\ in place of C:\ when you install, i.e. D:\Program Files, or D:\Program Files (x86).

    This will keep the C:\ drive under 60 Gigabytes and make it easy to back up.

    Here's my Disk Management window.

    Can I run the Windows 10 tech preview after the end date?-disk-management.jpg

    As soon as you get it up and running make a System Backup so it can be quickly recovered if things go bad.
    I use EaseUS TODO backup and recovery, really simple to use, creates it's own recovery disk, and it's free.

    I can recover my Windows 10 install in 17 minutes, and I've done it 7 times since I started running Windows 10.

    It's a much easier way to fix things you screw up.

    Mike
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  10. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    husseinHr said:
    Can I run the Windows 10 tech preview after the end date?-2015_04_15_17_34_27_disk_management.png
    Oh, here's the Disk Management thing. I think there is a drive (the 450MB one) for a Virtual Machine I set up once, not sure.
    Thanks! Can you tell me what message you get when you try to shrink your "C:" partition? This looks normal. The 450MB you won't get back unless you format the entire drive from scratch, not worth it.

    Here's an example I did on my HDD:

    Right click the C partition, then click "Shrink".
    Should get a screen like the second one.
    Choose an appropriate size, for just testing OS 32GB-64GB should be plenty.
    Leave the newly created partition unallocated, like the first pic, that's where you will choose it during install.

    The pics I posted are in reverse order, sorry, I attached them backwards!

    If you have trouble with step one, try giving the C drive a label, like "Current OS". You can always change it later.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: ------> if you have files right now at the end of your C drive, you will be unable to shrink it. The space must be contiguous at the end.

    Let me know how it goes....
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