1. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       06 Oct 2016 #1

    Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?


    Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

    HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
    HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
    HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

    Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

    1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

    2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Oct 2016 #2

    The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

    If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
    Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       06 Oct 2016 #3

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    ..... HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it ......
    Ooops, sorry about forum violations. Minefield alert... guess I'm one of the folks who didn't read the EULA properly!

    I think I'm safe in asking, though: if someone were minded to ditch Win10, and just have Win7 on their PC... thus simply rolling the clock back to how things were a few months ago... then presumably that's within both the letter and the spirit of the law?

    (And here I mean both MS EULA law and also 10Forum regulations.)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,211
    Windows 10 IoT
       07 Oct 2016 #4

    Yes, you can ditch (remove) 10 and go back to 7. You'll need install media and a valid product code. If you have factory recovery media you can use that to restore the original 7 OEM install. If not use the key on the COA sticker.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?
I'm sorry to create a new thread. This topic has been addressed in other threads, but it's hard to make heads or tails "IF" I should, or "IF" I can even do this. Driver compatibility, software, et. In a nutshell, I want to take a computer...
Installation and Setup
Solved Windows 10 upgrade - block the clean install option
Hello W10Forums; We are thinking about releasing the Windows 10 upgrade into the wild on the machines of our customers. However, since we are using specific management software e.t.c., we do not wish the users to perform a clean install of...
Windows Updates and Activation
Does Upgrading to Win10 from WU have clean install option?
That's basically my question. I'm planning to upgrade my Win7 laptop to Win10 next week and I'd like to know if there is an option for clean install (Delete all files, fresh windows settings, old windows moved to "windows.old" folder) from Windows...
Installation and Setup
Solved I cant revert to Win 7. Option is not in the System/Security screen
Windows 10 has messed up a lot of things that I just don't want to deal with. I'm just a little home user for fun and games and googling and I don't see where 10 is anything more than different. I'm supposed to have 30 days to restore 7 if I...
General Support
Partitioning trouble after upgrade, clean install and revert back
Hello Recently upgraded to w10 from w8.1 via the upgrade option, then proceeded to make a USB boot with w10 and performed a clean install. However, something is fishy with my system and w10 so for now i want to revert back to w8.1 via a clean...
Installation and Setup
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:57.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 10 Forums