OS from one PC to another PC to get Windows 10

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  1. lostsoul65's Avatar
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    OS from one PC to another PC to get Windows 10


    I have a full version of Windows 7 on one Computer and I need to put it on another Computer so what would be the best way to do this? The reason why is if you have the full version of Windows 7 you can upgrade it to Windows 10 for free.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Are you wanting to move the Windows from one computer to the other, or are you wanting two different installations of Windows at the same time? Two different installations of Windows at the same time requires you to purchase a second license.
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  3. Joan Archer's Avatar
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    What will you be leaving on the computer where you are taking Windows 7 from, don't forget you can only have installed on one machine and I believe when you upgrade to Windows 10 it uses the licence from 7 so you cannot use the same copy on another machine.

    I could be wrong but I'm sure someone with more knowledge will tell you whether you can do what you want to do with your copy of Windows 7.
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    The Windows 7 license is not affected by the upgrade to Windows 10. However, there is still only one license for Windows which still limits it to being legally installed on only one device at a time.
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    Right, the OEM version is supposed to stay with the computer it was first installed on/came with but the Retail version can be used on a Replacement computer but not both at the same time. I've not had problems with either type in Upgrading to Win10.
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    lostsoul65 said:
    I have a full version of Windows 7 on one Computer and I need to put it on another Computer so what would be the best way to do this? The reason why is if you have the full version of Windows 7 you can upgrade it to Windows 10 for free.
    Your statement is not true, you do not need any operating system installed at all to install Windows 10, either you buy a W10 key, or use a W7 key to activate W10, after you`ve installed W10.

    A W7 Home key to activate W10 Home or a W7 Pro key to activate W10 Pro.

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  7. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
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    If you want to keep all applications and user data from your old PC to the new PC (but not both at the same time), then you can try connecting your hard disk to the new PC and see if it loads Windows 10. In order to succeed The new PC must have similar hardware (from one generation of Intel/AMD to another, the closer the better. Mixing Intel with AMD will most likely result in BSOD). Of course you will have to activate Windows again and by doing that you will bind the license to the new PC and cannot use it on the old PC anymore. Assuming you manage to load Windows 10 on the new PC and activate it, you then need to update all drivers to match the hardware of the new PC. This is a bit tricky as any incompatibility masked by a generic driver might cause a BSOD when using the official (Intel or whatever) driver. To play safe I recommend to clone your current disk on a new disk and connect that to the new PC. If Windows load successfully, update all drivers. If after restart everything is OK, activate Windows and keep the new disk. I would keep the first disk as a backup.
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  8. AddRAM's Avatar
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    You have to tell us EXACTLY what it is you are trying to accomplish here. (get W10 free without doing it the proper and legal way) ????

    Just because you have a full version (no clue what you mean by a full version) windows is windows. Either Retail or OEM.

    It Doesn`t mean you can just move it from 1 PC to another just to get a Digital W10 License on that PC for free.
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  9. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
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    I think it is perfectly clear that you cannot legally use the same license of Windows at two different computers. It doesn't matter if you upgrade one of them to Windows 10. So I hope the OP wants to transfer his current Windows installation to a new PC to avoid reinstalling everything from scratch and that he will then discard of the old PC. This is legal, for details of how to do it see my earlier reply. If you do what I suggest and you get BSOD because of some incompatibility, all you can do is install Windows 10 without format and then copy all your data from Windows.old folder Of course you will need to reinstall all your programs though.
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  10. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    Joan Archer said:
    What will you be leaving on the computer where you are taking Windows 7 from, don't forget you can only have installed on one machine and I believe when you upgrade to Windows 10 it uses the licence from 7 so you cannot use the same copy on another machine.

    I could be wrong but I'm sure someone with more knowledge will tell you whether you can do what you want to do with your copy of Windows 7.
    As long as the OP does not run the copy on the same two machines, they can use the license on the other to do the install of Windows 10.
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