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  1. Kol12's Avatar
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    Get Windows 10 with a Win 7 licence.


    Is it still possible to get a free Windows 10 licence with a legitimate Win 7 licence? Somebody I know wants Win 10 put on their notebook. This How to Geek article suggests it is but I'm unsure if it's still current and whether it can be done with the Win 10 1903 installation media...

    You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free With a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Key
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    If you do an upgrade from win7 it should work as long as 7 is activated as far as we are aware it still works
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    My guess is that MS would want as many people using Win10 as possible.

    Let us know how it works out.
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  4. Kol12's Avatar
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    Samuria said: View Post
    If you do an upgrade from win7 it should work as long as 7 is activated as far as we are aware it still works
    Will a clean installation on a new drive work or do you think only an in place upgrade from within the existing Win 7 will make it work? I think they have HDD in the notebook and I've recommended installing Windows 10 on a new SSD...
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    Kol12 said: View Post
    Is it still possible to get a free Windows 10 licence with a legitimate Win 7 licence? Somebody I know wants Win 10 put on their notebook. This How to Geek article suggests it is but I'm unsure if it's still current and whether it can be done with the Win 10 1903 installation media...

    It has always been possible to upgrade an activated W7/8/8.1 to W10. The ability to clean install with a W7/8 key was added in 1607.

    I don't know about the clean install, but a few days ago I was upgrading an XP machine to W10 (in order to use some installed software). This requires an intermediate upgrade to W7 which I activated with a key. That then upgraded successfully to W10 1903 and activated, so I see no reason why the clean install with a W7 key should not also work.
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    Hi,
    Yeah ms added a reminder to win-7 through update system so I'm sure before too long ms will throw a popup message about win-7 eol and maybe upgrade now ... mind you this was included in the security only rollup so the regular rollup you know it's in that time will tell I used the regular rollups not security only rollups.
    Junes is a little buggy to me just weird nothing really bad so far.

    July 9, 2019 - KB4507456 (Security-only update) for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    You have a clean install of Windows 10. You have a Windows 7 product key. Instead of asking the question, why not just take the 30 seconds to try the product key and see if it works?
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    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You have a clean install of Windows 10. You have a Windows 7 product key. Instead of asking the question, why not just take the 30 seconds to try the product key and see if it works?
    If it didn't work they'd be forced to pay $250 for a Win 10 licence. If I could find out before hand if it works it eliminates that uncertainty...
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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    Kol12 said: View Post
    Is it still possible to get a free Windows 10 licence with a legitimate Win 7 licence? Somebody I know wants Win 10 put on their notebook...
    Kol12 said: View Post
    If it didn't work they'd be forced to pay $250 for a Win 10 licence. If I could find out before hand if it works it eliminates that uncertainty...
    Does the notebook have an activated Windows 7 or 8 on it at present? If so, you can upgrade that to an activated Windows 10. Once it says 'activated with a digital licence' you can clean-install Windows 10 without needing a key.

    If it has something older (Vista? XP?) then first you need to check it is capable of running W10, in particular does the CPU support PAE/NX/SSE2 (required for Windows 8 and above).

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-for-windows-8

    Next, if it should be capable of running Windows 10, then you could either install Windows 7 and activate it with your key then upgrade that to W10 (followed by a clean install of 10 once activated) or try the clean install of W10 straight away using the W7 key.


    Whatever you do, if you make a system image before you start with something like Macrium Reflect Free you can put it back to its original state should your upgrade attempts fail.
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    Bree said: View Post
    Does the notebook have an activated Windows 7 or 8 on it at present? If so, you can upgrade that to an activated Windows 10. Once it says 'activated with a digital licence' you can clean-install Windows 10 without needing a key.

    If it has something older (Vista? XP?) then first you need to check it is capable of running W10, in particular does the CPU support PAE/NX/SSE2 (required for Windows 8 and above).

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-for-windows-8

    Next, if it should be capable of running Windows 10, then you could either install Windows 7 and activate it with your key then upgrade that to W10 (followed by a clean install of 10 once activated) or try the clean install of W10 straight away using the W7 key.


    Whatever you do, if you make a system image before you start with something like Macrium Reflect Free you can put it back to its original state should your upgrade attempts fail.
    Thanks Bree, sounds good. It's an hp elite book 8560p with a legitimate Win 7. If a clean install of Win 10 with the Win 7 key doesn't work we can do the upgrade first which should bind the key to the notebook hardware correct?
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