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  1. TV2
    Posts : 2,221
    W10 Pro 22H2
       #11

    Just to be clear, if you install Windows 10 directly onto a clean hard drive from the USB on a system that has never had an activated Windows 10 on it, you will need to deal with getting it activated and/or buying a license.

    If you have a license for Windows 7 and you want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free then you need to run the Windows 10 installation starting from the activated Windows 7 desktop.
    That means you would need to install Windows 7, get it activated, then install Windows 10 from the USB stick made from the Media Creation Tool.
    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    You may still be able to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 license, but since Windows 7 has reached end of life there are lots of us who wonder how long that will remain true. But note that this method requires you to find and backup a folder from your Windows 7 installation, so it will not be an option in your case.
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First
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  2. Posts : 7,598
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #12

    Months ago, I used GParted to delete all Linux Mint partitions and then clean-installed Windows 10 via Win10XPE. The data partition remained unchanged.
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  3. Posts : 14,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.2965
       #13

    If your computer had a pre-installed Windows 7 then it also had
    1 A means of reinstalling Windows 7 [such as a factory restore partition or an OEM's installation disk], AND
    2 A Certificate of authenticity, fixed to the computer, which contains a Windows 7 Product key with which to activate Windows 7.

    Either of these can form the basis for your Windows 10 installation.

    Denis
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  4. Posts : 5,294
    Windows 7 HP - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #14

    Why do you want to install Win 7 then Win 10?
    Did the computer once had Win 10?

    Once you make a Win 10 boot able installation disk, boot from it, go to install, advanced, delete ALL partitions till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.
    - If you had Win 10, skip to enter the key.
    - If it never had Win 10, when asked, enter the Win 7 key.
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  5. Posts : 7,598
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #15

    The OP has not said whether s/he has a product key.
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  6. TV2
    Posts : 2,221
    W10 Pro 22H2
       #16

    In post #9 the OP says: "So I want to grab the update from win 7 to 10."

    I just wanted to be sure they were aware of the activation issue ahead of time to avoid unneeded disappointment.
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  7. Posts : 73
    win 10
    Thread Starter
       #17

    I didn't want to put win 7 on it I knew it was done being supported and planed on updating when I got it back. I thought I was getting it with 7 still on it, I quickly discovered it was gone.
    So in looking at Win 10, I have to get some memory if I hope to load it.
    Can someone suggest some mid-priced memory, I have to order it the places near me don't carry it anymore, Office Max, Best Buy.
    HP Pavilion 2000-219DX
    Is this all the info needed, I only have a total of 4G now. Huge thanks to everyone.😊
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  8. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #18

    Wow, you lend out your PC and someone does that to it, did you have a talk with them about it ?

    How can this happen ?
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  9. Posts : 18,274
    Windows 11 Pro
       #19

    fleet420 said:
    I didn't want to put win 7 on it I knew it was done being supported and planed on updating when I got it back. I thought I was getting it with 7 still on it, I quickly discovered it was gone.
    So in looking at Win 10, I have to get some memory if I hope to load it.
    Can someone suggest some mid-priced memory, I have to order it the places near me don't carry it anymore, Office Max, Best Buy.
    HP Pavilion 2000-219DX
    Is this all the info needed, I only have a total of 4G now. Huge thanks to everyone.��
    Why do you think you need more than 4GB of RAM for Windows 10?
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  10. Posts : 14,006
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #20

    Why buy RAM locally? Much better prices if you buy it off the internet. Amazon, Crucial, Ebay even.
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