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  1. labeeman's Avatar
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    Mint 20.1
       #11

    Not install W10. The best way to do this is to install W10 on a spare drive that way you have a way to go back to what you have now is just install the drive back.
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  2. Posts : 1,091
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #12

    You may want to use a virtual machine instead of wiping out one of your other OS's.

    This will show you how, it's for windows 8 but it will work for the tech preview as well,

    VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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  3. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #13

    I think I am just going to wait on this one. Do yall think 10 will be free for 8.1 users? Free for 7 users? I don't know. But, it's possible since they offered the Tech Preview for it. But, do yall think it will be free for 8.1 users is my main question?
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  4. gregrocker's Avatar
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       #14

    Shrink your Windows 8 or Windows 7 partition in Disk Mgmt, boot the Win10 media to do a https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html.

    Be sure to choose the Unallocated Space you shrank to install upon. Then click Next.

    This should configure a Dual Boot, but if not install EasyBCD to add the missing OS to a Dual Boot menu. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)
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  5. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,099
    Windows 10 IoT
       #15

    gregrocker said:
    Shrink your Windows 8 or Windows 7 partition in Disk Mgmt, boot the Win10 media to do a https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html.

    Be sure to choose the Unallocated Space you shrank to install upon. Then click Next.

    This should configure a Dual Boot, but if not install EasyBCD to add the missing OS to a Dual Boot menu. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)
    Both OS's will be usable but I'm thinking it still might break the factory reset function.
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  6. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #16

    One way to do it is to buy a second hard drive and swap it for the one that's currently in use. That keeps the current install safe and gives you a blank drive to install 10 too. Just put the drive you take out in the antistatic bag the new one came in. If you don't like 10 then you just swap the drives back again. Then buy an external drive enclosure for your extra drive and use it for external storage and backup.
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  7. gregrocker's Avatar
    Posts : 281
       #17

    alphanumeric said:
    Both OS's will be usable but I'm thinking it still might break the factory reset function.
    If you want to preserve Factory Recovery be sure make your Factory Recovery disks first. Use Acer eRecovery application to restore your system or create recovery media

    But remember that Recovery is to the inferior Factory Install. So I'd strongly consider a Clean Reinstall instead.
    Last edited by gregrocker; 17 Oct 2014 at 13:10.
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  8. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #18

    gregrocker said:
    If you want to preserve Factory Recovery be sure make your Factory Recovery disks first. Use Acer eRecovery application to restore your system or create recovery media

    But remember that Recovery is to the inferior Factory Install. So I'd strongly consider a Clean Reinstall instead.
    I agree, but you and I have easy access to clean official install media. Some are not so lucky, unfortunately. I nuked the factory OEM installs on both of my laptops, shortly after getting them, for clean installs.
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  10. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #20

    That first link will not accept OEM keys by the way. So it won't work for anybody with a factory OEM install, even if they know their product code. Don't get me wrong, those links may help someone out, I just want to save someone the hassle of figuring out what their product code is only to find out it doesn't work for that download.
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