Windows 10: Can I reformat using Win7 cd after upgrade if I want; Multiple times.


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       01 Aug 2015 #1

    Can I reformat using Win7 cd after upgrade if I want; Multiple times.


    I was going to try the upgrade. But am really not sure if I should. I run a simulator with many many peripherals connected to it. So if things don't work. Or I just want to reformat my disk in the case of detecting spyware or similar problems.

    Can I totally re-format using my Original Win7 Ultimate Disk without some worry of activation issues?

    Also, then If I wanted to, could I re-upgrade again to Win10?

    Is there a limit on how many times I could do this?
    I'm a format Fanboi and reverting back to the original o/s is something i'm not going to do.
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  2. Posts : 5,007
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       01 Aug 2015 #2

    Yes, you can revert to Windows 7 at any time.

    Once you complete the upgrade to Windows 10 and activate then you can reinstall Windows 10 any time you want. You just can't have Windows 7 and Windows 10 at the same time.
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate
    Thread Starter
       01 Aug 2015 #3

    That's not exactly what I'm asking. I do not want to "revert"... this seems a very messy option imo.

    Does my win7 License become Null & Void after the upgrade?

    I don't want to be stuck in limbo land with activation issues if I just want to fresh clean install off my original Win7 CD. And if I wanted to stay on Win7 if something does not work. I would rather format than "revert".
    I'm worried that if I become an "up-grader" I'll be stuck in some loop hole.

    I'm not that interested in a duel boot scenario with the same key. I understand that's not possible.
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate
    Thread Starter
       01 Aug 2015 #4

    Do any Reps from microsoft troll these forums?
    I need a decent answer to my questions. I would have thought this is the best place to ask.............
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  5. Posts : 67
    Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
       01 Aug 2015 #5

    If you are worried about something going wrong with the upgrade that will put you in "limbo", I'd make an image of the existing installation so I'd know I could restore it if I got in bad jam. Any attempted upgrade carries some risk.

    As far as "reformat" goes, you can reformat any drive at any time with any of a variety of tools--with or without using Windows.
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  6.    01 Aug 2015 #6

    Woodzy said: View Post
    Do any Reps from microsoft troll these forums?
    I need a decent answer to my questions. I would have thought this is the best place to ask.............
    If you're looking for direct Microsoft support, I've never seen it here. I suppose that you can find it on the MS supported forums:

    Microsoft Community

    Your Win 7 key is not invalidated.

    It may be physically possible to use it to dual boot 7 and the 10 upgrade. You're not supposed to do that, but I'm not sure whether Microsoft enforces that at all.
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  7.    01 Aug 2015 #7

    Woodzy said: View Post
    Can I totally re-format using my Original Win7 Ultimate Disk without some worry of activation issues?
    Also, then If I wanted to, could I re-upgrade again to Win10?
    Is there a limit on how many times I could do this?
    Yes. (on the same computer)
    Yes. (free before July 29th 2016 - after that you can upgrade the same way and you'll have 180 days to buy a key.)
    No.
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  8. Posts : 5,007
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       01 Aug 2015 #8

    Answers to all your questions can be found here I think: Solved Frequently Asked Questions about the Windows 10 Free upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
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