Thanks very much guys for all the well meaning help. I am really Gratified for your info & efforts. Really am!!
OK, so without a $M key-code (right now, that is) an ISO download is currently ineffective to be able to install a win10 OS. So If I take my chances, and download anyway in the hope His Highness Gates Just over the hill here in Seattle, Washington, becomes kind & considerate to us lower income beings several years from now, how much space will this ISO take-up in my wee little HD.
I'd rather save it to a dvd for safe keeping, and that.
Your thoughts are very well appreciated guys. tid bits are also very welcome. Thanks much, Jim
The ISO file will take about 4 GB for you to store.
this. However, technically speaking, there must be a way to activate the free W10 digital entitlement without proceeding to the upgrade, using your current W7 license data.
Of course it goes against MS' goal which is to get actual upgrades before july 29th, since almost everybody would have his digital entitlement without having necessarily upgraded...
However check this, as it seems MS offers another way to get your digital entitlement without upgrading, as long as you're installing W10 v1511 or later. Still to be done before it's too late, though...
Yes, before July 29th you can clean install Windows 10 and activate it for free by manually entering a Windows 7 product key, except for OEM:SLP product keys. You need a product key from a COA sticker or a retail product key.
Direct updates on OEM devices like laptops and tablets should go without problems even if the initial upgrades should come out buggy. Once the Digital Entitlement is seen to a fresh clean copy of 10 going on shouldn't run into any activation problems afterwards while the guide for a clean install without upgrade first might be an option for some to consider. Seeing a full image made first however will always be the first recommendation for anyone making an OS change.
Btw, not that's it's overly important, but I just noticed that MS seems to have abandoned the term "Digital entitlement" in favor of "Digital license"...