Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on a new SSD

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  1. Posts : 7
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    Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on a new SSD


    Hello,
    I've been running Windows 7 since 2014 on a computer and I didn't want to go to Windows 10 at the time of the free upgrade.

    I recently saw that the upgrade is still doable.

    I'm now considering upgrading my PC hardware with a new SSD drive which would have no Windows installation.

    If I understood correctly what I've read on the subject, I would have to install Windows 7 on the new SSD and then upgrade it to Windows 10.

    Of course, I would not use Windows 7 on my current SSD anymore, I would wipe it and use it for storage.

    Is that all correct ?

    Thank !
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    You should be able to do a clean install and enter the win7 key when asked is it an OEM key or retail?
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 7
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    If I remember correctly, I got this key though Microsoft MSDN when I was a student.
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  4. Samuria's Avatar
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    Put new drive in and remove the other do a clean install and see what happens it should realy activate with a 7 key if the worse happens you still have the old drive to boot from
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  5. Posts : 7
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    Thread Starter
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    Yeah I'll do that, thanks, I have to order the computer parts now !

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    Samuria said:
    Put new drive in and remove the other do a clean install and see what happens it should realy activate with a 7 key if the worse happens you still have the old drive to boot from
    I think I read your message a bit too fast !

    So youíre saying I donít need to install Win 7 on the SSD and that I should be able to put Win 10 right away with the Win 7 key ?
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  6. bobkn's Avatar
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    It may be safest to install Win10 as an upgarde over your current Win7. That will establish a digital license with Microsoft. Once you have done that, you can install the new SSD and do a clean install of Win10 on it. It will then activate using the digital license.

    That'll be a bit tedious, but I think it'll work.

    MSDN Win 7 key? I hope not. It may not be valid anymore.
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  7. Posts : 7
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    bobkn said:
    It may be safest to install Win10 as an upgarde over your current Win7. That will establish a digital license with Microsoft. Once you have done that, you can install the new SSD and do a clean install of Win10 on it. It will then activate using the digital license.

    That'll be a bit tedious, but I think it'll work.
    Tidious indeed ... Whatever works !

    bobkn said:
    MSDN Win 7 key? I hope not. It may not be valid anymore.
    Yeah I got that key in 2014. Windows 7 never complained and I'm still using it daily. I hope it will ok because I don't really want to buy a new license ...
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  8. bobkn's Avatar
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    Croustibat said:
    Tidious indeed ... Whatever works !


    Yeah I got that key in 2014. Windows 7 never complained and I'm still using it daily. I hope it will ok because I don't really want to buy a new license ...
    If there is a problem with the license, it may only show up when you try to use it to activate a new Windows install. I believe that MS does not reach out to deactivate Windows on activated PCs, even if MS has blacklisted the license.
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  9. Steve C's Avatar
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    bobkn said:
    It may be safest to install Win10 as an upgarde over your current Win7. That will establish a digital license with Microsoft. Once you have done that, you can install the new SSD and do a clean install of Win10 on it. It will then activate using the digital license.

    That'll be a bit tedious, but I think it'll work.

    MSDN Win 7 key? I hope not. It may not be valid anymore.
    That's what I would do. Update the existing Win7 on the HDD. Then image or clone the updated Win 10 installation from the HDD to the new SSD - e.g. using Macrium Reflect Free. You can then consider doing a clean install of Win 10 on the SSD.
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  10. Posts : 7
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    Steve C said:
    That's what I would do. Update the existing Win7 on the HDD. Then image or clone the updated Win 10 installation from the HDD to the new SSD - e.g. using Macrium Reflect Free. You can then consider doing a clean install of Win 10 on the SSD.
    Thank you, that makes sense ! I will do a fresh install with new SSD because I'm changing the motherboard / CPU.
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