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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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       08 May 2016 #21

    linw said: View Post
    Is it possible to maintain progs, settings etc by going from Vista to Win 10 using a kosher retail DVD?
    In this test I went from XP to 10 using all versions in between, meaning that I went from Vista to 10 via both 7 and 8. However, the 8 was only for test purposes, you can skip that; the Windows 7 is necessary as Vista can only be in-place upgraded to Windows 7, not to 8 or 10, and then 7 can be in-place upgraded to 10 skipping 8.

    All compatible software, settings and your personal data will be intact whatever valid install media you use for in-place upgrade.

    Short answer to your question: yes.
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  2. Joined : May 2016
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    Windows
       08 May 2016 #22

    I registered here because I have now an Intel Compute Stick with W10, but am posting because I'm wondering if this method can be used to upgrade a Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit computer to Windows 10, taking advantage of W10 free availability atm.

    If the question is somehow inappropriate because MS only wants to exchange W7/W8 keys for W10, then I apologize in advance. But it seems to me this does help them out in the long run if I upgrade an XP to 10, even w/o buying a key??? Has anyone done this?
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro
       08 May 2016 #23

    maxten said: View Post
    I registered here because I have now an Intel Compute Stick with W10, but am posting because I'm wondering if this method can be used to upgrade a Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit computer to Windows 10, taking advantage of W10 free availability atm.

    If the question is somehow inappropriate because MS only wants to exchange W7/W8 keys for W10, then I apologize in advance. But it seems to me this does help them out in the long run if I upgrade an XP to 10, even w/o buying a key??? Has anyone done this?
    Hi Maxten, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    Answer to your question is a clear and simple yes and no .

    When using the free upgrade offer, valid until end of July, you need an underlying valid, licensed and activated Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, or a valid and legal product key for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

    You can of course use this XP to 10 in-place upgrade method to upgrade but your Windows 10 would be unlicensed and not activated, if either Windows 7 or 8 used in between was not activated.

    Kari
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  4. Joined : May 2016
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    Windows
       08 May 2016 #24

    Kari said: View Post
    When using the free upgrade offer, valid until end of July, you need an underlying valid, licensed and activated Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, or a valid and legal product key for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
    Ha! Of course! Thanks for explaining this "tiny detail"!

    I would still like to hear if others have successfully made this trip, because I would like to try it so I can know BEFORE I INVEST IN A WINDOWS 10 KEY whether my XP machine's hardware is even capable of running W10.

    You have helped me greatly Kari because now too I know that I don't need to rush to test this with my XP PC to beat the "free W10" deadline.

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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro
       08 May 2016 #25

    maxten said: View Post
    I would like to try it so I can know BEFORE I INVEST IN A WINDOWS 10 KEY whether my XP machine's hardware is even capable of running W10.
    One practical although some extra effort demanding way to test it would be to make a complete system image of your current XP, download Windows 10 ISO, create a install media (DVD / flash drive), and boot with it performing a clean install of Windows 10, skipping the product key when it will be asked.

    This way you could at least test your hardware compatibility.

    When tested you could then restore the XP system image.
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  6. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows
       08 May 2016 #26

    Kari said: View Post
    One practical although some extra effort demanding way to test it would be to make a complete system image of your current XP, download Windows 10 ISO, create a install media (DVD / flash drive), and boot with it performing a clean install of Windows 10, skipping the product key when it will be asked.

    This way you could at least test your hardware compatibility.

    When tested you could then restore the XP system image.
    Gosh Kari, I came from the perspective "how to upgrade my XP for free" but now that you've told me that doesn't work, this much easier approach to testing had sorta slipped my mind.

    Two questions and two times I've had to slap my forehead. This is painful, and I'm not doing very well with my first posts here am I!!!!



    Many thanks.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,532
    Windows 10 Pro
       08 May 2016 #27

    maxten said: View Post
    Two questions and two times I've had to slap my forehead.
    Happens to all of us
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