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  1.    26 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Jensen Beach Florida
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    W-10 Pro Insider Preview

    Dual boot after final release


    Right now, I'm dual booting on 2 machines. One on w-7 and the other on W-8. Both 7 and 8 are Pro.
    I'd like to continue this after release.
    Will I have to upgrade in place and then reinstall my 7 and 8.
    I would much prefer to leave my 7 and 8 intact with their existing data and programs and then install 10 with a dual boot config.
    That would require an iso but will it be activated?

    Pete
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  2.    26 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    Windows 10 Home x64

    From the different scenarios that have been posted about this issue (dual booting with W10) the way I understand it is for a computer to qualify and activate the free W10 upgrade a valid license from either W7 or 8 will be used for W10.

    That would render the license used for the W10 upgrade no longer valid for the OS that it was upgraded from unless W10 was uninstalled and the user reverted back to their previous OS.

    I guess one way to maintain what you have and still use dual boot is to buy another license for W7, W8, or W10.
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  3.    26 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3

    I want to know this too. A member chatted with MS and was told, yes you can but it will require phone activation for the 'other' OS.

    That was a few releases ago, but there will be tons of calls to MS support if you cannot do this.

    Sure the License agreement says you can only run one license on one machine at one time - multi-boot meets those requirements in my book. Both OSes will be on the same machine (one) and you have to boot between the OSes (run at one time).

    The phone activation sounds right to me though since Win10 is an upgrade to your previous OS license that essentially grants you additional legal rights to run Windows 10.

    It's possible that MS might require you to purchase Windows 10, or as CmmTch mentioned another Win7 / Win8 license, for multi-booting. I won't be one of those people, I'll see what happens and try phone activation, then if I cannot legally dual boot, I'll go back to the previous version.

    I'll create or download the Win10 ISO before restoring though, so I can take advantage of the free upgrade is I change my mind.
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  4.    26 Jul 2015 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Unless you remain as an Insider with Windows 10 - then you can 3-way boot as much as you like. If you do not want to take too many risks with the beta sotware, stay on the slow ring. After 12 months you will have dumped one of your old OSs anyway, I guess - you'll be fed up with three lots of updates every month.
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  5.    26 Jul 2015 #5
    Join Date : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64

    i think the short answer is NO, Microsoft is not giving away win10 ,they are swapping it for your win7 and 8 ,,

    you are not going to be able to use either of your current win7 or 8 to duel boot with the win10 you get for free
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  6.    26 Jul 2015 #6
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    Windows 10 Home x64

    Quote Originally Posted by SlartyBart
    Sure the License agreement says you can only run one license on one machine at one time - multi-boot meets those requirements in my book. Both OSes will be on the same machine (one) and you have to boot between the OSes (run at one time).
    I agree with this wholeheartedly, IMO when you're dual booting you can only run one OS at a time, I'm sure MS means this as an upgrade though, not a "two for the price of one" dual boot opportunity.

    caperjack is probably correct with the short answer "No"

    When W7 first came out I dual booted for a while with XP but found myself using W7 most of the time. That's probably how it would go with W7 and W10, heck that's the way it's going now for me. I boot into W7 to run anti malware/spyware programs and check for updates but that's about it for W7.

    There is one other reason I boot to W7, I have a couple secure sites (Benefits and Financial types) that I couldn't log into with W10. I'm thinking that will change after the official release.
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  7.    26 Jul 2015 #7
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    It's not exactly free - you are doing free beta testing at your own risk, with no risk to Microsoft. Even if you never supply feedback, their telemetry will know if a particular module has misbehaved, and statistically if it misbehaves on many other PCs too, and how their hotfixes are effective or not.

    Microsoft provides plenty of free software, perhaps limited in some way, but generally with plenty of use to be had - Development kits, Visual Studio, SQL server, as well as server and Enterprise trials, Embedded system builders and Modern IE virtual systems. You don't have to buy anything from MS, if you want, if you know where to look.

    If you have one system on your PC - you use it for working, if you have more than one, you are experimenting.
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  8.    26 Jul 2015 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Jensen Beach Florida
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    Reading thru everything, it looks like MS wants some us Insiders to keep our Insider versions the same as we now have.
    A great way to keep beta testers.

    " "Stay with us as a Windows Insider," and urged users to remain with the preview. "We hope that we'll continue to provide you great reasons to remain a Windows Insider," Aul said."

    If you enjoy the bleeding edge, you can remain in, or register with, the Windows Insider program, which will continue serving changes as soon as Microsoft approves them for the previewing public. Windows Insiders will be the first line of outside testers -- Microsoft says it runs updates internally first -- and get updates before any other customers.
    Windows Insider will not be shut down after Windows 10's release -- that's what Microsoft has done in the past with beta programs -- but will continue indefinitely as the OS's fastest update branch.

    So I could just keep using my Insider Windows 10 Pro dual booted with my 7 SP1 or 8.1.


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  9.    26 Jul 2015 #9
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Indefinitely - not necessarily forever, but indefinitely is long enough for me!
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  10.    26 Jul 2015 #10
    Join Date : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64

    Quote Originally Posted by cfourkays View Post
    So I could just keep using my Insider Windows 10 Pro dual booted with my 7 SP1 or 8.1.

    yes ,but don't forget ,you only have 1 year from win10 release date to upgrade for free one or both of you 2 Os's
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