Last minute questions before i start clean install

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  1. Posts : 37
    W10 Pro 19043.1466
       #1

    Last minute questions before i start clean install


    Thanks to this great forum I have been gathering a heap of information for a new W10 Install to replace my existing W7 Pro – which I am about to start. I shall be going for W10 Home edition.

    I now have a Bootable USB version of W10 Home via MCT, purchased an OEM ‘unused’ W10 Home key, created and saved a system image of existing C Drive on an external drive, disconnected all drives other than C drive, disabled Anti-Virus software, and disconnected all peripherals except Mouse and Keyboard.

    I think this should be it but can anyone think of anything I have missed ?

    Finally two questions. I have seen references to disabling Fast Boot and then enabling after W10 is up and running. Should I do this ? What about UEFI or Legacy – my mobo is an ASUS Z97 currently running EUFI – do I need to do anything or do I leave it as is ?

    Thanks guys, MWombat
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  2. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #2

    I would leave it in uefi mode.
    As For Fast boot its a dealer's choice.
    That is for some it works great, for others like me I have had nothing but trouble with it.
    Truly if you don't need really fast startups and hybrid shutdowns I would turn it off.
    I've never really cared if windows takes a couple of minutes to boot or 20 seconds.
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  3. Posts : 17,431
    Windows 11 Pro
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    So...instead of upgrading the Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 pro, you are going to install and use a Windows 10 Home OEM version of Windows 10 for personal use which violates the license agreement for OEM system builders edition? That makes no sense whatsoever......
    https://devicepartner.microsoft.com/...r-personal-use

    Guess it comes with also driving on the left side of the road..... ....but you do have better beer.
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  4. Posts : 37
    W10 Pro 19043.1466
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks guys,
    Re Navy's post - I really dont understand much about 'violations'.
    All I know is that everywhere I travel I see long established reputable builders/dealers selling W10 [home and professional] packaged as a DVD plus the OEM key necessary to activate without any accompanied hardware.
    All I am proposing to do is install a fresh copy of W10 Home, downloaded to a bootable USB via MCT, to totally overwrite my existing W7 Pro.
    It will then be a once only activation using the OEM key.
    MWombat.
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  5. Posts : 17,431
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    MWombat said:
    Thanks guys,
    Re Navy's post - I really dont understand much about 'violations'.
    All I know is that everywhere I travel I see long established reputable builders/dealers selling W10 [home and professional] packaged as a DVD plus the OEM key necessary to activate without any accompanied hardware.
    All I am proposing to do is install a fresh copy of W10 Home, downloaded to a bootable USB via MCT, to totally overwrite my existing W7 Pro.
    It will then be a once only activation using the OEM key.
    MWombat.
    It just doesn't make any sense that you would buy Windows 10 Home OEM when you could have gotten Windows 10 Pro for free.
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  6. Posts : 36,217
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Here's how to install Win 10 (Pro) using your Win 7 Pro key (assuming your Win 7 installation is no longer needed):

    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

    You didn't need to buy a key, and Win 10 iso's are freely downloadable.
    (Microsoft Media Creation tool for the current build).

    Further, OEM installations are tied to the hardware they are installed on. E.g. replacing the MBO invalidates activation. A retail key allows you to move the installation to new hardware, or change what you have.

    (Disk changes don't count).
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  7. Posts : 17,431
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    dalchina said:
    Here's how to install Win 10 using your Win 7 Pro key (assuming your Win 7 installation is no longer needed):

    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

    You didn't need to buy a key, and Win 10 iso's are freely downloadable.
    (Microsoft Media Creation tool for the current build).

    Further, OEM installations are tied to the hardware they are installed on. E.g. replacing the MBO invalidates activation. A retail key allows you to move the installation to new hardware, or change what you have.

    (Disk changes don't count).
    And, not to mention, it violates the OEM license agreement to use Windows 10 OEM for personal use. But the upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 would not violate any license agreement.
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  8. Posts : 37
    W10 Pro 19043.1466
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thanks All,
    Whenever I post I seem to re-open issues that I thought I already understood !
    Looks like I maybe wrong !
    Are you saying then that I can still use my existing W7 Pro OEM key to activate a clean install of W10 Pro - that is a current version downloaded and USB prepared via MCT ?
    My confusion is that I am sure I have read in several places that the W7 to W10 so called 'free' upgrade was no longer supported by MS. I did not want to take that route only to find my attempt to activate was rejected.
    Thanks,
    MWombat
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  9. Posts : 36,217
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Not if it's OEM and different hardware. As I commented above, hardware changes other than disk changes without loss of activation are only supported by retail licenses.

    If it's the same machine, and compatible with Win 10, then use the same license.

    Anything I've heard about free upgrades is that they still happen. No guarantees though.
    Last edited by dalchina; 06 Aug 2019 at 03:21.
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  10. Posts : 17,431
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    I just upgraded Windows 8 Pro to 10 Pro for free on a machine that never had Windows 10 before just last week. There is no reason why an upgrade from Windows 7 would be any different.
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