Windows 10: Still uncertain as regards going back from windows 10 to windows 7 OEM

  1.    28 Jul 2015 #1

    Still uncertain as regards going back from windows 10 to windows 7 OEM


    Hi folks,

    I know that there is a FAQ on here that I have read though as regards someone who upgrades to windows 10 from windows 7 OEM and for various reasons doesn't like 10 because software doesn't work etc and decides to go back to windows 7 OEM.

    I know that there one can roll back to windows 7 OEM from within windows 10 for 30 days (after this the backup of windows 7 files gets deleted) but someone has stated on another forum that if you don't roll back within 30 days, that after this you don't have a licence to run windows 7 OEM any more, and this applies to any clone or image backup that you may wish to install of windows 7 OEM.

    I was under the impression that you could revert to windows 7 OEM at any time even after the 30 days are up, and you could reinstall an image of windows 7 OEM and everything would be ok.

    I know that I will probably like windows 10 and only reason I would want to go back to windows 7 would be of software compatibility issues.

    This thing about not having the licence to run windows 7 OEM after 30 days certainly muddies the water for me.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks a lot,
    Joe
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    28 Jul 2015 #2

    I was under the impression that you could revert to windows 7 OEM at any time even after the 30 days are up, and you could reinstall an image of windows 7 OEM and everything would be ok.
    These are two very different situations ...
    1) Revert -- means to restore the previous OS using a feature provided by MS from inside Win10. I believe this is subject to the 30-days time limit.
    2) Reinstall image -- means to restore from an image taken of the previous OS, using either MS functions or (my preference) third-party apps. If you have taken an image and stored it on another drive, then you're free to restore that image any time you want. Since this is your image, there are no time limits on this.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       28 Jul 2015 #3

    donegaljoe said: View Post
    Hi folks,

    I know that there is a FAQ on here that I have read though as regards someone who upgrades to windows 10 from windows 7 OEM and for various reasons doesn't like 10 because software doesn't work etc and decides to go back to windows 7 OEM.

    I know that there one can roll back to windows 7 OEM from within windows 10 for 30 days (after this the backup of windows 7 files gets deleted) but someone has stated on another forum that if you don't roll back within 30 days, that after this you don't have a licence to run windows 7 OEM any more, and this applies to any clone or image backup that you may wish to install of windows 7 OEM.

    I was under the impression that you could revert to windows 7 OEM at any time even after the 30 days are up, and you could reinstall an image of windows 7 OEM and everything would be ok.

    I know that I will probably like windows 10 and only reason I would want to go back to windows 7 would be of software compatibility issues.

    This thing about not having the licence to run windows 7 OEM after 30 days certainly muddies the water for me.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks a lot,
    Joe
    Most OEMs distribute the original install media on a partition. You can create Factory discs using the OEM supplied utility to do that. Look in your Start menu in the OEM folder - the utility should be there. That gives you a way to restore the machine to Factory settings. The key is in the install and OS should be activated if you ever go that route.

    If you can't find it on your machine, search the OEM site for Recovery discs, Recovery media, Create recovery - something along those lines should find what you need. You could buy the media from the OEM, but you should already have it, all you have to do is figure out how to get it from your HD to an external media DVD or USB flash drive). There are too many OEMs with different methods for me to offer any details.

    Better, or in addition to, would be to create a system image before upgrading.
    See these tutorials - choose one
    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    This is a snapshot of your system at the time the system image was created. All programs and personal files are 'backed up' if you select the options or locations to do that.

    Lastly, the upgrade license grants you rights to run Windows 10 in addition to the existing rights to run Windows 7.

    The caveat is that you can only legally. per the agreement, run one OS on the one machine at a time. If you want to run the other OS, you must remove the upgraded OS from the machine, then install the previous OS.
    Last edited by Slartybart; 28 Jul 2015 at 21:25.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 135
    Windows 10 Enterprise (64-bit)
       28 Jul 2015 #4

    donegaljoe said: View Post
    Hi folks,

    I know that there is a FAQ on here that I have read though as regards someone who upgrades to windows 10 from windows 7 OEM and for various reasons doesn't like 10 because software doesn't work etc and decides to go back to windows 7 OEM.

    I know that there one can roll back to windows 7 OEM from within windows 10 for 30 days (after this the backup of windows 7 files gets deleted) but someone has stated on another forum that if you don't roll back within 30 days, that after this you don't have a licence to run windows 7 OEM any more, and this applies to any clone or image backup that you may wish to install of windows 7 OEM.

    I was under the impression that you could revert to windows 7 OEM at any time even after the 30 days are up, and you could reinstall an image of windows 7 OEM and everything would be ok.

    I know that I will probably like windows 10 and only reason I would want to go back to windows 7 would be of software compatibility issues.

    This thing about not having the licence to run windows 7 OEM after 30 days certainly muddies the water for me.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks a lot,
    Joe
    Joe,

    Its one of those deals and things, its up to you and your choice Windows 10 at this moment is still buggy and will take a year or two to get resolved and then Windows 10 will be a good Operating System, just like Windows 7 is and was.

    " Hope I helped in one way or the other in your concerns and situation "
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
How to Add Windows Update back to Control Panel in Windows 10 Is the above link still available? When I click on it I get a page that says: Crashed, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons: ...
Hi, I'm in a bit of a unique situation at the moment. I have grub because I required linux for about a month and decided to use it to dual boot it with Windows 10. I deleted linux, but I still have grub. I also (unknowingly) deleted my backup of...
Read more: How to roll back from Windows 10 Preview to Windows Phone 8.1 | Windows Central See tutorial here: Windows Phone Recovery Tool - Recover from Windows 10 for Phones - Windows 10 Forums
Back to Windows 7 in Chillout Room
I have removed most of my subscribed threads. If Microsoft allows a way for windows 7 64 to be downgrade to Windows 10 32 bit, then I may get, otherwise it is going to cost me. Yes, I know the operating system is free. I would either...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:05.
Find Us