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  1.    07 Jul 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2016
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    windows 7

    Window 10 upgrade -- do I get a copy?


    I'm a windows 7 user. I have windows 7 on a CD. More than once I have had to use my windows 7 CD to fix problems.

    What confuses me about the windows 10 upgrade prompt is what happens after I upgrade and I have issues. From what I read, I won't have windows 10 on a CD or even a full copy of windows 10 on my computer after the upgrade. I'm told that the upgrade simply upgrades my windows 7 to windows 10 without providing me a full copy of windows 10. Is this true?

    The fact that I won't have a full copy of windows 10 on my computer or on CD if I have an issue and need the full version of windows 10 to fix the problem, has stopped me from upgrading.

    I want to take the plunge to upgrade but for the above reason I'm hesitant. Can someone fill me in on how to fix problems after the windows 10 upgrade, if you do not have a full copy of copy of windows 10 on a CD or on your computer?

    Thanks
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  2.    07 Jul 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Shasta County
    Posts : 1,073
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Welcome to the forum,

    The upgrade will be a full version of W10 once installed. You can also download a W10 ISO anytime you want to put on a DVD or USB.

    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
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  3.    07 Jul 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 6
    windows 7
    Thread Starter

    Sorry again for my ignorance. So you are saying if I use the upgrade prompt for windows 10, it will automatically download a full version of windows 10 for future use?

    What about license key? If I need to reinstall windows 10 after the upgrade, do I get a separate license key with my windows 10 upgrade or do I use the license key that came with my the windows 7?

    The uncertainty of upgrading to windows 10 simply scares me so I'm trying to understand as much as possible before deciding to take the plunge or not.
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  4.    07 Jul 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,616
    W10 Insider + Linux

    It will download full version but not in an ISO file or a way you can use for future clean installs but that ISO can be made out of it using "ESD to ISO" utility. ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Windows 10 Forums

    Any way you do it, you'd be able to make a bootable disk/USB to do repairs and clean installs.
    You can also download the ISO of anniversary issue later on but it will be too late for free upgrade from W7. Whatever you do, do it before July 29th because free offer expires than.
    Once installed and activated you will be able to reinstall any time.
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  5.    07 Jul 2016 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Shasta County
    Posts : 1,073
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by steveeyes View Post
    Sorry again for my ignorance. So you are saying if I use the upgrade prompt for windows 10, it will automatically download a full version of windows 10 for future use?
    Judging by the term you use "upgrade prompt" I assume you are talking about the prompt in the taskbar?

    If that is what you are talking about, then the answer is no it will just download and install, there will be no files left for you to use later as a repair option. But as I posted above, you can download an ISO anytime you want.

    If you want an alternative method, steps 4, 7 and 8 of this tutorial will let you upgrade after downloading the installation file you need,

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

    Then you will also have a copy to use for later repairs or reinstalls.

    Quote Originally Posted by steveeyes View Post
    What about license key? If I need to reinstall windows 10 after the upgrade, do I get a separate license key with my windows 10 upgrade or do I use the license key that came with my the windows 7?
    When you upgrade a qualifying OS it just gives you a digital entitlement and once activated on that device it is recorded by Microsoft and no product key is ever needed after that, it will just activate itself as long as you haven't changed a motherboard.

    If you want to clean install instead of upgrade you can use the W7 product key to activate it, it will still show as a digital entitlement in the activation.

    Quote Originally Posted by steveeyes View Post
    The uncertainty of upgrading to windows 10 simply scares me so I'm trying to understand as much as possible before deciding to take the plunge or not.
    That's alright, it's better to ask first. I would also suggest you start by making a complete image of your system right now just to be safe.

    Feel free to ask anything else, we have a lot of experts that can answer all your questions.
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  6.    07 Jul 2016 #6
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10

    Upgrade will install full version.
    If you want to have ISO file of it - just download it from Microsoft site: Windows 10
    If you need to reinstall Windows 10 you don`t need license key - after upgrade your PC data is already saved on Microsoft servers and activation is automatic based on that data. If while installing you are asked for key just skip this step and continue.
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  7.    07 Jul 2016 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 6
    windows 7
    Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone for your great support and help
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  8.    07 Jul 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 898
    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by steveeyes View Post
    Thanks everyone for your great support and help

    W;ould advise to do the upgrade while it's free. You can always roll back in the first 30 days to your current 7 or use your 7 DVD but doing it before the expiration will give you permanent digital entitlement on your particular device. The downloadable ISO is updated within days of every major cumulative update so it's always current. Also, the ESD on your computer is constantly updated so theoretically you can repair from Recovery tools w/o external USB or DVD image. As always, backup your files or, better yet, image your system in case something goes wrong with the Upgrade but do it soon while it's free. Good Luck
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  9.    07 Jul 2016 #9
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 170
    Win7 Pro 64-bit\Windows 10 Pro 64-bit dual boot

    Quote Originally Posted by derekimo View Post

    When you upgrade a qualifying OS it just gives you a digital entitlement and once activated on that device it is recorded by Microsoft and no product key is ever needed after that, it will just activate itself as long as you haven't changed a motherboard.
    Just curious because I happened to read your thread. What happens if my motherboard goes south and I have to replace it? Will the license fail?
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  10.    07 Jul 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 898
    Windows 10 Home

    [QUOTE=What happens if my motherboard goes south and I have to replace it? Will the license fail?[/QUOTE]
    You may have to jump through hoops via phone activation but you should be good. Read this article on various scenarios including yours.

    When Can You Move a Windows License to a New PC?
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