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  1.    24 Oct 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10 pro

    Went from 7 to 8 to 8.1 to 10 now want to go back to 7 and then to 10


    Ok first of all this might not make much sense to many of you but here's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to go back to the original windows from when I purchased my pc.

    I puchased a window 7 home predium pc with a 500GB hard driv eand now most of ths hard drive is filled up with stuff. Plus my apps arn't working to well plus there's some errors with my current windows 10.

    So here's what it is I purchased a window 7 home premium pc a few years back and the same day I purchased a window 8 upgrade and then I upgraded to windows 8.1 and then went to windows 10 pro. Now since the times I upgraded I never removed the previous versions or never went back to 7 before upgrading I don't know if 8 and 8.1 are still saved on my pc taking up space.

    So here's what I want to try and do.

    1. Go back to the way it was when I first purchased the pc. Go back to seven (7).
    2.I want to keep as much as my stuff as possible on my onedrive.
    3.I want to come back to 10 pro.

    Now I want to know if this is possible and how to do it.

    Please give me a few pointers if possible.
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  2.    24 Oct 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,149
    Windows 10 Pro

    It's possible, but you will have to find a Windows 7 install USB/DVD that matches the Windows 7 Product Key you have, which might be next to impossible to do. If the Windows 7 product key you have is the SLP OEM type - you will have to have the original factory restore disks from the manufacturer.

    One of the biggest questions is why won't just a clean install of Windows 10 solve your problem? If you want to be rid of extraneous stuff left over from upgrades, why are you trying to solve that problem by doing another upgrade?
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  3.    24 Oct 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 1
    Dual Boot 10 Pro v1607 10 Pro rs2 build 14971

    A much simpler way to get to windows 10 Pro is to go to Settings>Update & Security>Activation. There will be a "go to store" button. Click on that and you can purchase an upgrade to windows 10 Pro from Microsoft. It was $99.

    The OS will unlock the Pro additions and the activation will automatically change to a Pro license. Then if you want you can clean install 10 Pro to get rid of any clutter. You can create installation media from here https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...-download.html . This way there will not be any problems using one drive, and it is a bit quicker and easier.
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  4.    24 Oct 2015 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,251
    Windows 10 IoT

    One option, if you've already done the free upgrade and activated Windows 10, is to just do a clean install of 10. The version you have now. When asked for a product key, click skip, it will install and activate. If you did the free upgrade and activated, there will be a digital entitlement for that PC on record on the activation server.

    If your wanting all the factory installed Windows 7 programs back, I hope you made recovery media. That's the only way you'll get those back. If you didn't you'll have to order recovery media from the manufacturer. Also 7 Home Premium will only get you Windows 10 Home, not 10 Pro.
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  5.    24 Oct 2015 #5
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2,311
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.674)

    If you already have Windows 10 Pro and is activated, then you can download the ISO from here and burn to disk. For up to 4GB RAM you need the 32-bit version, for more you need the 64-bit version. Serial is the same for both. Backup all your data and then boot with that disk and proceed to install Windows 10. When presented with the available partitions, just delete them all and proceed. Windows Setup will create the necessary partitions automatically. Skip serial and select Windows 10 Pro. Then you can visit manufacturer's site to install any missing driver and download all bundled utilities, if you want them. After installing all the utilities the notebook will be like a newly purchased with the usual bundled software, but without any trace of previous Windows taking up space.
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  6.    24 Oct 2015 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnC View Post
    A much simpler way to get to windows 10 Pro is to go to Settings>Update & Security>Activation. There will be a "go to store" button. Click on that and you can purchase an upgrade to windows 10 Pro from Microsoft. It was $99.

    The OS will unlock the Pro additions and the activation will automatically change to a Pro license. Then if you want you can clean install 10 Pro to get rid of any clutter.
    Why would the OP pay for Windows 10 Pro when they already have a free entitlement to it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnrenee1988 View Post
    So here's what it is I purchased a window 7 home premium pc a few years back and the same day I purchased a window 8 upgrade and then I upgraded to windows 8.1 and then went to windows 10 pro.
    If you want to go back to clean, Windows 10 Pro, all you have to do is create the USB or DVD with Windows 10 Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 Pro, boot your computer from it, select Custom Install, delete all the partitions on the hard drive, then install Windows 10 Pro to the resulting unallocated space. When it asks for a product key, click "skip" or "do this later". EVERYTHING on your computer will be erased, and you will have nothing but clean, vanilla Windows 10.

    Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help
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  7.    24 Oct 2015 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10 pro
    Thread Starter

    The way I have ever worked with my computer is shut down and then f11 key and then factory restore. That way you go back to the original stuff. But now I have windows 10 pro because I purchased a window 8 pro purgrade when I purchased my pc.

    So I did not know I could just put on windows 10 without everything else. I did not mind going back to windows 7 then to windows 10 as long as I could keep the pro windows. But since there's a way to delete everything and go straight to windows 10 pro. That would be awesome.

    But I have never done that before. Please point me in the right direction. And any advice on doing it would be great. Plus I don't have any cd to burn to just a 16gb flash drive. And a qquick question can I have other stuff already on the flash drive other then just the windows 10 pro.
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  8.    24 Oct 2015 #8
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Aurora, Colorado
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    Windows 10 Pro

    What version of Windows are you running now? What has Windows 7 to do with this if your computer came with 8.1?
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  9.    24 Oct 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnrenee1988 View Post
    The way I have ever worked with my computer is shut down and then f11 key and then factory restore. That way you go back to the original stuff. But now I have windows 10 pro because I purchased a window 8 pro purgrade when I purchased my pc.

    So I did not know I could just put on windows 10 without everything else. I did not mind going back to windows 7 then to windows 10 as long as I could keep the pro windows. But since there's a way to delete everything and go straight to windows 10 pro. That would be awesome.

    But I have never done that before. Please point me in the right direction. And any advice on doing it would be great. Plus I don't have any cd to burn to just a 16gb flash drive. And a qquick question can I have other stuff already on the flash drive other then just the windows 10 pro.
    Before you start, it wouldn't hurt to run Showkey plus from this forum and write down the product keys that it finds and what they are for:
    Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

    You can use either a DVD or a flash drive. You can use a flash drive with other stuff on it - but it is a more difficult process. How much stuff is on the flash drive now? If it is less than 8 GB of stuff, this is what I would do:

    1. Copy everything you want to keep off the flash drive to a temporary folder on your hard drive, like "flashdrive" or whatever you want to call it because the media creation tool will erase the flash drive.

    2. Download and run the same bit level (32 or 64 bit) Media Creation Tool that your current Windows install is running:
    Windows 10

    3. Select the second option to "create media for installing on another PC" or something like that, can't remember the exact words.

    4. Select your language, assuming English (US), Windows 10 Pro (NOT single language or N!), and what bit level you want to install, from your computer specs, probably 32 bit - but your processor will support 64 bit. You can download the "both 32 and 64 bit" version and choose during install but it will add about 2 gb to the download.

    5. Click on create USB when you get that option - that takes a little longer than other methods, but is easier.

    6. The media creation tool will erase the USB flash drive and make it into a Windows 10 install flash drive.

    7. After media creation tool is done making the flash drive, you can then add a data folder to it and copy everything back to the flash drive that you want to keep.

    8. Boot the computer from the flash drive. To be able to get to any type of bios menu to pick the flash drive to boot from make sure you click "Restart" from the Windows shutdown menu and not just shutdown. Shutdown with fast startup enabled in Windows 10 will bypass the chance to enter any bios menus when you turn the computer back on.

    9. Once you get into the bios menu that allows you to boot from the USB, and you have booted from it, you will "Install Now", select "custom install", delete every partition that is on the hard drive (this will erase EVERYTHING on your computer - including the ability to do the F11 restore!), then select the resulting unallocated space to install Windows 10 Pro to.

    10. When it asks you to enter a product key (2 - 4 different times), click on "skip" or "do this later". Your Windows 10 Pro should activate automatically based upon your previous upgrade information that was supposed to have been stored on Microsoft Activation Servers.
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  10.    24 Oct 2015 #10
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10 pro
    Thread Starter

    I originally had window seven(7) and then went to 8 pro and then 8.1 and then to 10 pro. I thought if I just do a restart f11 I could restore the desktop to the origanl windows which is winow 7. But I want to have windows 10 pro. The only reason why I'm trying to restore windows is because of the errors I'm having with the apps as well as the sizign issues. For windows and things on my screen. Plus a person from microsoft chat suppport last night said that the location of the patch or something was saved or downloaded to the wrong place so I would need a higher level of support to help fix the problem which I would then have to pay for.

    I figure if I just go back to the original windows then I just come back to the windows 10 pro I would not need to pay for support to help.

    And to answer your question I'm currently running window 10 pro.
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