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  1.    01 Mar 2017 #1

    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

    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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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       01 Mar 2017 #3

    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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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       01 Mar 2017 #4

    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

    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

    Ankiro said: 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

    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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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       01 Mar 2017 #8

    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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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       01 Mar 2017 #9

    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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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       01 Mar 2017 #10

    Ankiro said: 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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