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  1.    01 Mar 2017 #1
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    Windows 10/7 trial


    Hello guys I have an old pc with windows XP. I would like to install windows 10 or windows 7 but I want to check if it has some hardware compatibility issue before to buy a license. So I would like to know if is possible to install windows 10 and/or windows 7 without a cd-key for a trial.
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  2.    01 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,414
    Windows 10 Pro

    Windows 10, yes. Just click the link during install that says "I don't have a product key". Here's where to get Windows 10:

    Windows 10 ISO Download
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  3.    01 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    You can get an WIndows 10 Upgrade Compatibility checking program to get a good idea.
    Some choices here:
    windows 10 compatibility test at DuckDuckGo

    Windows 7
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...ils.aspx?id=20
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  4.    01 Mar 2017 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    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
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  5.    01 Mar 2017 #5
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, and If I discover that windows 10 isn't compatible, can I do the same thing with windows 7?
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  6.    01 Mar 2017 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Ankiro View Post
    Thanks, and If I discover that windows 10 isn't compatible, can I do the same thing with windows 7?
    I don't believe so, I think you have to enter the product key to start the install process.
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  7.    01 Mar 2017 #7
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    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?
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  8.    01 Mar 2017 #8
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    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    You'd be surprised what Windows 10 can run on...

    This is written on an x86 Windows 10 1607 14393 running on my print/fax server, an 11 year old (BIOS 23 May 2006) Acer Travelmate 2420, with a Celeron M processor maxed out with 2 GB RAM, on a 24 GB partition.
    Giving up on Windows!
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  9.    01 Mar 2017 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    You do not have to enter a key during any Windows install, you have 30 days, and even that can be extended.

    Run the upgrade advisors that Berton has posted.
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  10.    01 Mar 2017 #10
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    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?
    No, just the opposite.
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