Windows 10: Inadvertently downgraded from Win10 to Win7 by using System Recovery
Inadvertently downgraded from Win10 to Win7 by using System Recovery
I was part of the of the pre-release Win10 testing force. As part of this effort I had the pre-release Win10 installation, and upon release I took advantage of the temporary free upgrade to Win10 official release. If I recall correctly, I had to upgrade the Win7 Home Premium 64 bit install to Win8, then finally to Win10.
Subsequently, I gave the machine to my mother and forgot about it. I've just come to visit her and she was complaining about pop-ups that I found to be a particularly determined and stubborn infection. I don't know what it was/is, just that it was very intrusive and I was unable to get rid of it. Frustrated and forgetting the upgrade history of the machine, I performed a system recovery. Unexpectedly, It removed all trace of Win10 and recovered to Win7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit.
I have tried several ways to return it to Win10, but they each just loop endlessly and no progress is made, even after letting the processes run for a day.
Is there any way to get the Win10 install back on the machine? (hopefully without buying a new license) - the original upgrade was done for free and I don't remember if I had to create any install disks, etc. during that process.
Thank you in advance and please let me know if i can provide additional information.
I would do a clean install (removing the partition(s) off c thereby starting completely fresh. You shouldn't need to worry about your activation as it should remember it.
Your question gets asked two or three times per day on this forum lately. See post #2 here:
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