Windows 10: Can I download Windows 10 and save it to install at a later date?
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.
Finnish but not finished
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.
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
Finnish but not finished
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.
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.
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