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  1.    17 Jul 2016 #11
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    The alternative to a second hard drive is to take a full image backup of the win 7 setup.

    In any event, that should be done at frequent intervals, and definitely before any OS upgrade action.

    An excellent imager is Macrium Reflect Free.

    Good luck with your win 10. It will never be a better price!
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  2.    17 Jul 2016 #12
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483

    Rats! I didn't see your post linw, sorry. I'll leave mine anyway as it's a bit more detailed.

    An alternative or addition would be to do a full image backup of the drive to an external USB Hard drive. Upgrade or clean install Windows 10 to get the free activation, then do an full image backup again to a different folder on the external hard drive then restore the Windows 7 backup.

    Fully legal and gets you the free Win 10 upgrade. Your digital entitlement (aka activation) gets stored on the Microsoft activation servers forever.

    After that you can restore the Win 10 image or do another upgrade or clean install of Win 10 at any time, free and clear.

    Macrium Reflect Free is a good choice to do this with.
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  3.    17 Jul 2016 #13
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    You can't be told to back up enough times, Z!!!
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  4.    18 Jul 2016 #14
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Nashville, TN
    Posts : 3,143
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    A hard drive sitting on a shelf is not fully installed. In fact, it isn't installed at all.
    As I said, it's a gray area. *I* would say that if the drive is bootable, it's installed to that drive. If it's a backup, it's not bootable (other than to boot to a PE environment to do the restore). However, I don't know what Microsoft would say.
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  5.    18 Jul 2016 #15
    Join Date : Jul 2016
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    Windows 7 Professional x64
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    A hard drive sitting on a shelf is not fully installed. In fact, it isn't installed at all.
    NavyLCDR
    Thanks for that perspective ····· bolsters my confidence in my plan.
    —Thri
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