Windows 10: Can I reinstall Windows 10 for free if I roll back to Windows 7? Solved

  1.    11 Jun 2016 #1

    Can I reinstall Windows 10 for free if I roll back to Windows 7?


    Windows 10 upgrade began installing on my Windows 7 computer before I could stop the process. I had planned to have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Windows 10, but I now have just Windows 10 installed.

    If I downgrade back to Windows 7, can I reinstall the Windows 10 update (after preparing a new partition for it)?

    Also since I've already activated Windows 10, do I still need to install it before July 29?
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  2.    11 Jun 2016 #2

    If you have previously installed Windows 10, and received a digital entitlement, then you can rollback to Windows 7, and reinstall Windows 10 later, even after the July free upgrade offer is over.
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       11 Jun 2016 #3

    Mystere said: View Post
    If you have previously installed Windows 10, and received a digital entitlement, then you can rollback to Windows 7, and reinstall Windows 10 later, even after the July free upgrade offer is over.
    I am not too sure about that.
    If I understand the OP's intention correctly :
    The OP wants to keep the Win 7, and reinstall Win 10 in a separate partition, expecting it to be activated by digital entitlement.

    From what I understand, that is not how it works.
    But then I am likely to understand wrong completely.
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  4.    11 Jun 2016 #4

    Thanks!
    I've since seen that I can install a Windows 10 on a second partition while still in Windows 10 and then downgrade existing partition to Windows 7.

    I don't see why one couldn't keep a legal copy of Windows 7 and get Windows 10 upgrade on same machine... Would be good to have clarification on that issue though.
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       11 Jun 2016 #5

    NaturalEnquirer said: View Post
    Thanks!
    I've since seen that I can install a Windows 10 on a second partition while still in Windows 10 and then downgrade existing partition to Windows 7.

    I don't see why one couldn't keep a legal copy of Windows 7 and get Windows 10 upgrade on same machine... Would be good to have clarification on that issue though.
    Yes. I would like to know that for sure too.
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  6.    11 Jun 2016 #6

    You cannot legally have both Windows 7 and Windows 10 installed on the same machine (assuming 10 is an upgrade from that license of Windows 7).

    You can erase Windows 10 (or make a backup) and reinstall Windows 7, then later erase Windows 7 and reinstall 10 (or restore from backup). You only have one license for installed instances of Windows, and you can use it for either 7 or 10, but not both at the same time, whether it's on the same machine or different machines.

    You need a separate license for both Windows 7 and Windows 10 if you want them both installed at the same time.

    This is a different issue of whether or not your Windows 10 will activate if you re-install it. You are entitled to re-install Windows 10 once it's been activated on the same machine as many times as you like, even after July 29th.
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  7.    11 Jun 2016 #7

    Mystere is exactly correct.
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  8.    11 Jun 2016 #8

    Ok just to be sure I got it right, let me repeat as I understand it:

    Once Windows 10 is activated, I can uninstall and re-install it multiple times forever on same machine.

    Once 30 days have passed, I cannot roll back to Windows 7 without using backup or other recovery software, etc.

    Thanks.
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       11 Jun 2016 #9

    NaturalEnquirer said: View Post
    Ok just to be sure I got it right, let me repeat as I understand it:

    Once Windows 10 is activated, I can uninstall and re-install it multiple times forever on same machine.

    Once 30 days have passed, I cannot roll back to Windows 7 without using backup or other recovery software, etc.

    Thanks.
    Yes to both counts, except a slight addition to the first count.................

    Once Windows 10 is activated, I can uninstall and re-install the same Windows 10 edition multiple times forever on same machine.
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