1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1
       30 Jul 2015 #1

    Will I still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 after a reinstallation?


    Hi,

    Because my current Windows installation seems to have issues that are beyond fixing (http://www.eightforums.com/general-s...tml#post517811), I plan on reinstalling Windows 8.1 though the ISO Installation Media Creation tool.

    However, I have already reserved my upgrade to Windows 10. After reinstalling Windows, will I still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Obviously I'll have the same product key.

    However, if for whatever reason the installation media doesn't work, I intend to wipe everything from my PC and install Windows 7 from my original OEM installation disk. Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 10 from there? Obviously this installation will have a different key to my Windows 8.1 installation. Will I still be able to upgrade for free in this instance?

    Someone else I was talking to about this also advised me to ask about compatibility with UEFI. Obviously, Win10 will want UEFI but 7 will install as MBR? Will this cause problems?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Daniel Burgess; 30 Jul 2015 at 13:48.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1
       30 Jul 2015 #2

    As well as that, will I have to install other updates before I install 10?
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  3. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       30 Jul 2015 #3

    There are already dozens and dozens of questions about this. Please use the search function.

    The "reservation" is only a tool used to perform the upgrade. If you have a legal consumer version of Windows 7/8.x you are eligible to upgrade it as many times as you want on the same hardware.

    If you want to use the automatic upgrade, you will have to install all service packs and patches. You can bypass this by using the Media Creation Tool to download the ISO and install the upgrade from that.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1
       30 Jul 2015 #4

    Mystere said: View Post
    There are already dozens and dozens of questions about this. Please use the search function.
    I'm very sorry. I did look, but obviously not hard enough.

    Mystere said: View Post
    The "reservation" is only a tool used to perform the upgrade. If you have a legal consumer version of Windows 7/8.x you are eligible to upgrade it as many times as you want on the same hardware.

    If you want to use the automatic upgrade, you will have to install all service packs and patches. You can bypass this by using the Media Creation Tool to download the ISO and install the upgrade from that.
    That's great. Thanks very much for taking the time to answer my question.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       30 Jul 2015 #5

    Daniel Burgess said: View Post
    I'm very sorry. I did look, but obviously not hard enough.



    That's great. Thanks very much for taking the time to answer my question.
    Also, Daniel...if you don't have a product key, you can get it by downloading a small utility called "produkey" ; usually downloaded via CNET. When you run this, it'll give you your product key which is all you need in case it asks for it during installation. Good luck.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1
       30 Jul 2015 #6

    Thanks.
    Windows 8.1 has successfully reinstalled itself, and it isn't corrupted - yay - so I'm installing Windows 10 now though the Media Creation tool.

    I didn't get asked for a key, and it says Windows is activated, so everything must be alright. (I did, in fact, get my key from Belarc beforehand, just in case.)
    Thanks anyway.
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