1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       03 Sep 2015 #1

    Windows 7, upgrade to Windows 10 then clean install dual boot


    OK, I have Windows 7 OEM Version and want to upgrade to Windows 10 After I get Windows 10 Activated through the upgrade can I...

    Clean install Windows 7 (with Original 7 key) and clean install Windows 10 (should automatically activate) to have a dual boot? Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?

    1 more question related to this too.

    I have a different computer that has a OEM-Builders edition of Windows 7. I don't want Windows 10 on it right now as the software I need to run will not run on it but...

    I want to upgrade to Windows 10 just to get the free upgrade and activate then revert back to Windows 7.

    Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?

    Thanks
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 107
    Windows 10
       03 Sep 2015 #2

    Michaelrj9 said: View Post
    Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?
    No. I have installed a dual boot system with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

    Michaelrj9 said: View Post
    Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?
    Yes.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 839
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       03 Sep 2015 #3

    Michaelrj9 said: View Post
    OK, ... can I... Clean install Windows 7 (with Original 7 key) and clean install Windows 10 (should automatically activate) to have a dual boot?
    While you CAN do this, the upgrade license consumes Win7 -- so legally, you can't continue to use both Win7 and Win10.
    Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?
    MS won't block the original Upgrade activation. As to whether or not MS will, in the future, deactivate Win7, the general claim is that MS does not deactivate existing licenses. So, the best guess is that you would be able to continue using both Win7 and Win10.

    Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?Thanks
    No one can tell the future at this point, but my guess is that, since the free Upgrade will no longer be in effect at that point, and the license you obtained was part of that original offer, that Win10 will likely deactivate -- but that is only a guess.
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