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  1.    02 Mar 2017 #11
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    Watford
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    Windows 10 Home 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Welcome to TenForums @Ankiro

    Yes, you can install Windows 10 without a key. Click 'I don't have one' when asked. It will install, but a few options are disabled until activated. You can't set the wallpaper and the desktop will have a watermark to say 'not activated'. You should still get the updates. You can purchase a key and activate it later if you find it works for you.

    Windows 7 is more restrictive, apparently. After a 30 day trial you'll no longer get updates.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-a7603611d1f3
    You can extend the 30 day trial up to three times with the command slmgr -rearm in an elevated command session.
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  2.    02 Mar 2017 #12
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,342
    Windows 10 Pro

    Just to be clear, there is no 30-day limited trial on Windows 10 Home or Pro. I've always had a product key for Windows 7, so I don't know about it :-)
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  3.    02 Mar 2017 #13
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,386
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Exactly, but you can use it for 30 days before you have to activate it, and as mentioned that can be extended.

    And I suppose if you joined the Insider Program now, you could run W10.

    Brink would know more on that.
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  4.    04 Mar 2017 #14
    Join Date : Jan 2017
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    10Pro/7Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Ankiro View Post
    Ok, anyway I think that I have more chance that windows 10 will find the right drivers for my old hardware instead of windows 7. Isn't it?
    yes thats correct
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  5.    04 Mar 2017 #15
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by asusG View Post
    yes thats correct
    Totally incorrect, W7 has a better chance of having drivers for older hardware then Windows 10, Windows 10 is newer.
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  6.    04 Mar 2017 #16
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    Exactly, but you can use it for 30 days before you have to activate it, and as mentioned that can be extended.

    And I suppose if you joined the Insider Program now, you could run W10.

    Brink would know more on that.
    This is wrong.

    1) Windows 10 does not really have a trial mode as such. You either run it activated or unactivated. If unactivated, it is fully functioning except you cannot personalise pc. There is presently no expiry date. I do not advocate this really as you never know if an update could introduce an expiry date.

    2) Insider versions need activation in same way as normal versions. Free activated versions only applied to original Technical Preview users who remain up to date.
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  7.    04 Mar 2017 #17
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Windows10

    In the end, it is simply easier to install Windows 10. Installing Windows 7 can be a real PITA. First chakenge is getting an iso as MS site only allows you to get it if you have a retail licence. There is a way to do it from link on this site - not at pc at moment to find link. Then contending with the updates etc which are temperamental but allegedly easier now, coupled with expiry dates anyway.

    So try 10 first as it is easier and you can take your time to activate it.
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  8.    04 Mar 2017 #18
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,386
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Exactly why I said Shawn would know more on that.

    The 1st sentence was about W7.

    And I said "I suppose" and "You could" never said "You can"

    And if you can run 10 unactivated to test it out, I would certainly call that a trial period. (we all know it`s not actually called a Trial period, you can call it whatever you want.)

    Therefor confirming the fact that the OP does not need a key to "try out" 7 or 10
    Last edited by AddRAM; 04 Mar 2017 at 04:25.
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  9.    04 Mar 2017 #19
    Join Date : Jun 2014
    UK
    Posts : 1,050
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86

    I always found the Enterprise trial editions were useful for evaluating compatibility and so on.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/eval...-10-enterprise

    I have run (and have been running) W10 32 bit on an old Acer Aspire laptop (10.5 yrs old, AMD Turion +2Gb RAM) and its OK if a little 'disk thrashy' for no apparent reasons. Video drivers were the biggest stumbling block and curiously a wireless card driver that the initial installs deems suitable. That's another story though. You will only know by trying.
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  10.    04 Mar 2017 #20
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Windows10

    uh
    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    Exactly why I said Shawn would know more on that.

    The 1st sentence was about W7.

    And I said "I suppose" and "You could" never said "You can"

    And if you can run 10 unactivated to test it out, I would certainly call that a trial period. (we all know it`s not actually called a Trial period, you can call it whatever you want.)

    Therefor confirming the fact that the OP does not need a key to "try out" 7 or 10
    Actually nowhere does Windows 10 download site refer to a trial. Semantics at the end of the day.
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