1.    03 Jun 2015 #1
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    W10 activation with W7 product Key(approperiate way of installation)


    Hi everyone,
    I'm planning to buy SSD drive to my laptop, and i would like to know what is the easiest way of upgrading to new W10.
    The question is whether:
    1. Can i do clean installation of Windows 10 disk when it comes out and activate it with windows 7 Home premium OA product key (with sp1)
    2. I must migrate my actual installation of windows 7 to the new SSD and wait until new upgrade comes out and install it via Windows update to have verified windows activation.
    3. or there is some better way of doing so.

    Also just one side question, i'm running dual boot with Ubuntu, and i would like to know, if upgrade via windows might replace GRUB2 bootloader and do some mess.

    Thanks
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  2.    03 Jun 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michal1243 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I'm planning to buy SSD drive to my laptop, and i would like to know what is the easiest way of upgrading to new W10
    I would probably wait for Win10 to be released, then install from an ISO using the Win7 key.

    You can put your existing drive in an external USB enclosure for easy access to your data.
    Copy your personal data off the previous drive and store that drive in safe place as a backup.

    Programs and applications will have to be installed, but that gives you the opportunity to update the free applications.

    Programs you paid for will require the installation key - so prepare and find those keys!
    You could update the purchased software as well, but that will cost some extra money - most programs are running well under Win10, so I'd hold off buying new software and see if the version I have works well enough.

    I can't answer your question about grub. Other than saying that if you go with a clean install, yes, that function will be lost, but it's easy enough to put back - you've already done it once

    These are my thoughts, other members will offer their advice and counsel. There are lots of ways to accomplish this, plenty of time to decide from the answers given here.
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  3.    03 Jun 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    I would probably wait for Win10 to be released, then install from an ISO using the Win7 key.

    You can put your existing drive in an external USB enclosure for easy access to your data.
    Copy your personal data off the previous drive and store that drive in safe place as a backup.

    Programs and applications will have to be installed, but that gives you the opportunity to update the free applications.

    Programs you paid for will require the installation key - so prepare and find those keys!
    You could update the purchased software as well, but that will cost some extra money - most programs are running well under Win10, so I'd hold off buying new software and see if the version I have works well enough.

    I can't answer your question about grub. Other than saying that if you go with a clean install, yes, that function will be lost, but it's easy enough to put back - you've already done it once

    These are my thoughts, other members will offer their advice and counsel. There are lots of ways to accomplish this, plenty of time to decide from the answers given here.
    If it is possible to activate w10 with w7 key then, everything is fine and strategy is clear that grub was meant in the case i went with upgrade on top of w7 and not clean installation but, now it is irrelevant ) thanks for answer
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  4.    03 Jun 2015 #4
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    Yes, it is possible to activate Win10 with your Win7 key. MS has been busy - here's their new FAQs page for Win10.
    Windows 10 FAQ Tips - Microsoft

    To be on the safe side (things change in the software world) make a system image of your current Win7 installation. I am doing that on the three machines here before I upgrade.

    There are a number of imaging packages, but Windows has one built in
    See: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Help Forums

    If you're satisfied that your thread / question has been answered, please mark it solved ... just a bit of housekeeping.

    Thanks,

    Bill
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  5.    02 Aug 2015 #5
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    Not possible to activate clean W10 using W7 key


    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    Yes, it is possible to activate Win10 with your Win7 key. MS has been busy - here's their new FAQs page for Win10.
    Windows 10 FAQ Tips - Microsoft
    .
    Just to clarify, although it is possible to activate a Win7 or 8 working build, it's not possible to install a clean version of Win 10 using anything but a Win 10 key.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...da18c08?auth=1

    If you attempt to install a clean version of W10 using a Win7 or 8 key, it will not recognise it.

    Also, if you attempt to build a Win7 machine, and don't activate it first, a Win10 build will fail.
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  6.    02 Aug 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthmonkeyX View Post
    Just to clarify, although it is possible to activate a Win7 or 8 working build, it's not possible to install a clean version of Win 10 using anything but a Win 10 key.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...da18c08?auth=1

    If you attempt to install a clean version of W10 using a Win7 or 8 key, it will not recognise it.

    Also, if you attempt to build a Win7 machine, and don't activate it first, a Win10 build will fail.
    It's possible to do a clean install of Win 10 without any key at all.

    If you do an upgrade install on a qualifying OS (7 SP1, 8.1), and choose to keep everything, the Win 10 that results will activate.

    You may then clean install 10 on the same hardware.

    What I haven't heard is whether you could upgrade on an old HD, swap in an SSD, and clean install on it. It's not precisely the same hardware, but I hope that there's a little slack in what the activation servers are set up to permit, just like for the prior versions of Window (XP, Vista, 7, and 8).
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