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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       27 Jul 2015 #1

    How do I install W10 to a SATA drive


    When I download my free version of Windows 10, I want to install it to my 128gb SATA drive which is now labeled Drive S, and keep my current installation of Win 7 Ultimate on drive C in case I want to revert back to Win 7.

    How do I install Win 10 on my SATA drive, change it to become the bootable drive, and retain Win 7 on drive C? Also, if I decide to revert back to Win 7, what process do I go through to revert back to the old Drive C?

    Thanks for your help.
    Ed Wood
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  2. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,934
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       27 Jul 2015 #2

    Hi.. welcome to the fourms..

    The procedure is going to be that you have to perform the upgrade over a qualifying OS(Win7 SP1/Win8.1) and then at some point MS will supply an ISO to perform a clean install(Not sure on how that will happen yet).

    And making a backup copy of your current OS set up will be the best way to make sure you can roll back. IMO.

    HTH
    Jeff
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 839
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       27 Jul 2015 #3

    Your
    free version of Windows 10
    is only "free" if you use it to upgrade Win 7 to Win10 -- and when you do that, you can't legally continue to use Win7 -- since they would then both share the same license.

    If you want to install Win10 separately from Win7 and NOT do the upgrade, you will have to purchase a license for Win10.
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  4. Joined : Mar 2015
    New Mexico
    Posts : 990
    Windows 10 Pro,
       27 Jul 2015 #4

    Exactly. One Windows license, one Windows OS.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       27 Jul 2015 #5

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    Your is only "free" if you use it to upgrade Win 7 to Win10 -- and when you do that, you can't legally continue to use Win7 -- since they would then both share the same license.

    If you want to install Win10 separately from Win7 and NOT do the upgrade, you will have to purchase a license for Win10.
    I am not planning to use my Registered and Activated copy of Win 7 at the same time as Win 10 (they will be on the same box). I only want to be able to "roll back" to Win 7 if I don't like Win 10 without having to reformat and reinstall everything.

    Regards,
    Ed
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       27 Jul 2015 #6

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    Your is only "free" if you use it to upgrade Win 7 to Win10 -- and when you do that, you can't legally continue to use Win7 -- since they would then both share the same license.

    If you want to install Win10 separately from Win7 and NOT do the upgrade, you will have to purchase a license for Win10.
    I understand that. I received the invitation from MS to upgrade to Win 10 for free. I am waiting on the instructions to download the upgrade. However, if I do not like Win 10, I want to be able to "roll back" to Win 7 without having to reformat and reinstall all of my software including Win 7!

    Regards,
    Ed
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 1,373
    Win 10 14393.51
       27 Jul 2015 #7

    Ed Wood said: View Post
    I understand that. I received the invitation from MS to upgrade to Win 10 for free. I am waiting on the instructions to download the upgrade. However, if I do not like Win 10, I want to be able to "roll back" to Win 7 without having to reformat and reinstall all of my software including Win 7!

    Regards,
    Ed
    Then, I suggest imaging the Win7 installation and restoring from the image if you wish. It's good to have an imaging/backup capability, and external drives to do so are inexpensive.

    I use Acronis True Image. I can restore 8.1 from a 64GB USB3 flash drive in less than 10 minutes. (I don't recall the size of the image, but it's not a minimal installation.) I'd really rather not clean install 8.1 again: there's more than a gigabyte of updates needed to bring it up-to-date (which may include updates for Office 2010).

    My mode of doing Insider upgrades has been: do the upgrade online. Prepare an .iso from the .esd. Restore 8.1 to the boot drive. Mount the .iso and upgrade 8.1 to the latest Win 10 build. (Once I have the .iso, the rest of the process takes about a half hour.)
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 839
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       27 Jul 2015 #8

    However, if I do not like Win 10, I want to be able to "roll back" to Win 7 without having to reformat and reinstall all of my software including Win 7!
    Theoretically, if you upgrade to Win10 from Win7, it saves the Win7 stuff such that you can "restore" it.

    But, a "safer" way to do this is to image off Win7 using something like Macrium Reflect, then do the Win10 update. Any time after that, you can restore Win7 to its saved state from the MR backup.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 6,954
    All kinds
       28 Jul 2015 #9

    You'll have 30 days to roll back to W7 (theoretically without loss of license, programs and files) if not satisfied and didn't delete windows.old folder.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       28 Jul 2015 #10

    Thanks, you guys, for all of your help and suggestions. I have Acronis True Image, but have been unsuccessful in the past in doing a good restore. I will try again. I will also take a look at Macrium Reflect as well.

    Regards,
    Ed Wood
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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