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  1.    05 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 pro

    Upgrading from windows 8.1 pro to windows 10 pro


    Hi ,
    I have just bought Toshiba portege Z20t which comes with pre-installed windows 8.1 pro and the right operating system now is windows 7 pro downgraded from window 8.1 pro ,
    my question is I want to upgrade to windows 10 but to make this first I have to install the coming windows 8.1 pro DVD recovery of toshiba company on my laptop ,
    Can I bypass this by direct installation of windows 10 pro from usb boot or windows 8.1 pro from usb too,
    as I will need to buy an external dvd to boot from the 3 DVD recovery that came with the device.
    I mean the programs that comes with the recovery dvds of windows 8 from toshiba will still be working on Windows 10 pro after upgrading ?
    Or just skip the recovery and proceed with usb boot ?
    Thank you
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  2.    05 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,971
    Windows10

    I advise you run showkeyplus to extract your Windows 7 key if you do not know it, rhen clean install Windows 10 pro using a usb flash drive created using media creation tool. It will activate with Windows 7 pro key.
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  3.    05 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 1,393
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15

    If it came with Windows 8.1 Pro from new, there's a good chance the Windows 8.1 Pro product key will be on the motherboard (and I think Windows 10 would automatically activate from that).
    ShowKey should reveal all.
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  4.    05 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 pro
    Thread Starter

    Thank you all , I already extracted the key of windows 8.1 pro from bios but I mean will I get any extra benefit if I installed windows 8.1 from DVD recovery using the 3 dvds came with laptop from toshiba company than I used clean installation by USB booted with windows 10 pro ?? I mean the programs or patches that come with the original DVDs is there difference ?
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  5.    05 Jun 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,403
    Windows 10 Pro

    Most people prefer to have a clean install of Windows without all the extra stuff the manufacturer throws in. When I get a new computer, I make an image of the hard drive by booting into Macrium Reflect. Then I play with the factory software for about 10 minutes, wipe the entire hard drive and start over with a clean load of vanilla Windows downloaded from Microsoft.
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  6.    05 Jun 2017 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 29,039
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by omaer97 View Post
    Thank you all , I already extracted the key of windows 8.1 pro from bios but I mean will I get any extra benefit if I installed windows 8.1 from DVD recovery using the 3 dvds came with laptop from toshiba company than I used clean installation by USB booted with windows 10 pro ?? I mean the programs or patches that come with the original DVDs is there difference ?
    When you clean install Windows 10, those DVD's will be basically worth nothing. They are 8.1 specific and contain the OEM's custom version of 8.1 and all the OEM's freebie bloatware.
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  7.    05 Jun 2017 #7
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 pro
    Thread Starter

    Thank you all , so do you recommend certain program to make copy of all images found on my laptop SSD before I erase them ?
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  8.    05 Jun 2017 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 29,039
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by omaer97 View Post
    Thank you all , so do you recommend certain program to make copy of all images found on my laptop SSD before I erase them ?
    Macrium Reflect Free | Macrium Software
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  9.    05 Jun 2017 #9
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 8,784
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    Sometimes there are problems upgrading. For example the free space in the partition could be insufficient. There could be incompatible software/applications that need to be uninstalled before the upgrade. The clean install of windows 10 (deleting the partitions, formating the drive, etc. eliminates these potential delays or incompatibility problems. They may never occur but most often you have to attempt the upgrade to see if there are problems.
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  10.    05 Jun 2017 #10
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 pro
    Thread Starter

    So clean installation is better ?
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