Can I download Windows 10 and save it to install at a later date?


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    Can I download Windows 10 and save it to install at a later date?


    I am reluctant to give up my Windows 7professional and install Windows 10 and yet I fear that upgrade support for my current OS will eventually end. Is it possible to download and save Windows 10 and then install it next month or next year? I probably waited too long to ask this, but if an answer is available I will be grateful. Thank you for the answer.
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    Windows 10 must be installed and activated before the deadline, Friday 29th (for me it's today!). If installed later you have to pay for license.
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    Thank you


    That is the answer I expected, but I had my fingers crossed. I guess I have to decide in the next 24 hours.

    Thank you for the prompt reply
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  4. Kari's Avatar
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    This is speculation but most of us geeks deeply involved in Windows think that this scenario works:

    Windows 10 activation is called digital entitlement. Whenever later on you have to reinstall from scratch, clean install, you will not need any product key; Windows activation servers recognize the hardware signature and as long as hardware has not changed, it will be automatically activated.

    Therefore, according to everything MS has told us, this works:



    Notice that we will only know for 100% sure if this really works starting from Saturday when first geeks try this.

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    pjb346 said:
    I am reluctant to give up my Windows 7professional and install Windows 10 and yet I fear that upgrade support for my current OS will eventually end. Is it possible to download and save Windows 10 and then install it next month or next year? I probably waited too long to ask this, but if an answer is available I will be grateful. Thank you for the answer.
    You could download a backup imaging software like Macrium Reflect Free, image your Windows 7 installation with that, then after doing that upgrade it to Windows 10. That'll activate it for you. Then you can just restore your Windows 7 from the backup you made, and you'll be back to where you were and entitled to upgrade to Windows 10 at a future date.
    Last edited by Gort; 28 Jul 2016 at 20:47. Reason: Added link
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