Upgrading a corporate laptop to W10

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    Upgrading a corporate laptop to W10


    So I have a computer that my father gave me. It was from his old office. It's an older machine with W7. It either has professional or ultimate. It was linked to a domain. They had some kind of professional IT service setup all the computers at his office. I believe the windows product key is one that this company had a licence to. I don't think the company that setup the domain is still in business.

    I was able to reset all of passwords and I have been using the computer. It works just fine. I would like to sell it though. I already have too much stuff and I could use the money.

    If I accept the W10 upgrade am I likely to encounter any issues with the upgrade?

    Also, how will an older machine be at running W10?
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    striper said:
    So I have a computer that my father gave me. It was from his old office. It's an older machine with W7. It either has professional or ultimate. It was linked to a domain. They had some kind of professional IT service setup all the computers at his office. I believe the windows product key is one that this company had a licence to. I don't think the company that setup the domain is still in business.

    I was able to reset all of passwords and I have been using the computer. It works just fine. I would like to sell it though. I already have too much stuff and I could use the money.

    If I accept the W10 upgrade am I likely to encounter any issues with the upgrade?

    Also, how will an older machine be at running W10?
    I Upgraded 4 Win7 Pro Notebooks that came out of a company to Win10 Pro without issue but fortunately they were not running the Enterprise version of Win7. My understanding is that the Enterprise version does not qualify for the Free Upgrade in the same manner as the Home or Pro versions do, might check that out with Microsoft's site.
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    So the computer has W7 Professional installed.

    Here are the spec:

    4GB of ram. I'm assuming it's DDR2
    Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 @ 2.8
    I believe it has a SATA I interface which is very limiting......

    Will W10 slow down this machine to the point where it's not worth it? I don't have a product key for this one. If I do the upgrade can I go back without having to reinstall W7?
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  4. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    showkey, will show you your key, https://www.tenforums.com/software-ap...7-showkey.html . You can do a Rollback in the first 30 days after upgrading. After 30 days a scheduled disk cleanup removes the windows.old folder and rollback won't work. At that point you need to reinstall 7 to go back.
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    I use a program called magic jelly bean. It just shows all BBBBBBBBBBBBBB, etc. The computer was setup by a company. It has some software installed on it.
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Is there a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker on it that has a Windows 7 product key printed on it?
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  7. Posts : 53
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    striper said:
    I use a program called magic jelly bean. It just shows all BBBBBBBBBBBBBB, etc. The computer was setup by a company. It has some software installed on it.
    It has a Windows Vista Business OEM sticker
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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    striper said:
    It has a Windows Vista Business OEM sticker
    The BBBB's for the product key means it was installed with a Windows 7 volume license key purchased by that company and non-transferrable. Your legal option at the moment is to purchase a retail Windows 7, 8.1 or 10.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    The BBBB's for the product key means it was installed with a Windows 7 volume license key purchased by that company and non-transferrable. Your legal option at the moment is to purchase a retail Windows 7, 8.1 or 10.
    So what would happen if I accept the upgrade that windows is trying download?

    Are you saying that technically I'm not legally able to use windows on this computer?
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  10. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    striper said:
    So what would happen if I accept the upgrade that windows is trying download?
    Don't know, you can try it. I would expect you would end up with a non-activated Windows 10.

    striper said:
    Are you saying that technically I'm not legally able to use windows on this computer?
    All indications point to that conclusion.
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