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  1.    27 Apr 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Upgrade


    Hi,

    I currently use Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and upgraded to Windows 10, and my question is will it be possible to do a fresh install of Windows 10 using my Windows 7 key without installing with the Windows 7 CD?

    I hope so as it takes ages to install Windows 7 and all the patches/updates.

    Thanks for any reply.
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  2.    27 Apr 2015 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    That information has not been provided by Microsoft yet, but I would bet on yes. If they don't provide the information on how to do this, someone here will figure it out
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  3.    27 Apr 2015 #3

    Thanks, great website by the way.
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  4.    27 Apr 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 941
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    Did you upgrade OVER Win7? If so, then Win7 is gone.

    What MIGHT happen is that MS will allow a clean install if you then are able to provide a valid activation key for Win7, even though you don't actually have Win7 still installed.

    But, this is just guessing and no one really knows at this point.
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  5.    27 Apr 2015 #5
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,661
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by kuyenmotdivad View Post
    Hi,

    I currently use Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and upgraded to Windows 10, and my question is will it be possible to do a fresh install of Windows 10 using my Windows 7 key without installing with the Windows 7 CD?

    I hope so as it takes ages to install Windows 7 and all the patches/updates.

    Thanks for any reply.
    You don't need your Win 7 key. Win 10 is still on preview stage and free for everyone to install and use until Oct 2015. You can install it as many times as you want.

    You can download the ISO file from here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...so-update-1503
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  6.    28 Apr 2015 #6
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    I think he is talking about a Clean install of Windows 10 once it's released.
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  7.    28 Apr 2015 #7

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I think he is talking about a Clean install of Windows 10 once it's released.
    Yep, hoping they allow a fresh install - if you have a valid Win 7 or 8 key. (Hoping)
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  8.    09 May 2015 #8
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by kuyenmotdivad View Post
    ...I hope so as it takes ages to install Windows 7 and all the patches/updates.

    Thanks for any reply.
    You should have done a backup before doing the upgrade to Win 10 - that way, you are covered either way. If the Win 10 Gold installer requires a valid OS install, you can just use the image to reinstall Win 7. And you won't need to install any updates, a virgin Win 7 should suffice.

    From what i've read from MS insiders on various forums, the prevailing belief is you will be able to upgrade/clean install using either the valid Win 7/8 license as proof of being legit, eligible for a free cop[y of Win 10.
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  9.    10 May 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,647
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Even if backup was not made and only upgrade is only option if you still have original keys for W7/8 you can always download a vanilla windows and upgrade over that.
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  10.    10 May 2015 #10
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    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    The answer to my next question is probably on this forum somewhere, but I feel lazy today and don't feel like rummaging thru it all. When we upgrade to 10 from 7 or 8.1, installed at the time or not, will we lose the product key for previous version? In other words, once upgraded to 10, is the old version product key still valid?
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