1.    02 Aug 2017 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2017
    Posts : 1
    Windows XP

    XP to 10


    I have an official free Windows 10 on my laptop.
    I have just bought 2 8TB drives which are not recognised by my XP offline desktop so I have to upgrade.
    Since I already have Windows 10 from Microsoft on my laptop, is it possible also to install it on my desktop without charge?
    If so, how do I do that, given that the desktop has no internet access?
    Many thanks.
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  2.    02 Aug 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 3,921
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    Going from WinXP to Win10 is problematic, will undoubtedly need to check for drivers for the motherboard and the year-long free part only applied to Win7 w/SP1 and Win8.1, officially ended July 29/Aug 2, 2016. Without Internet access you wouldn't be able to automatically activate Win10 but should be given a phone number to call. I have successfully Upgraded WinXP to Win7 then got Win10 installed but there were driver issues, mostly with onboard video adapters and I plugged in PCIe X16 cards to solve the issue. Same issues will apply to computers that ran Vista but again, I have one I first Upgraded to Win7 before getting Win10 on it [in fact it is going to a client next week]. Some older computers had issues with large HDDs, even those external USB models, may be BIOS issues.
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  3.    02 Aug 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 187
    Win 7 8 and 10

    Quote Originally Posted by JW01 View Post
    I have an official free Windows 10 on my laptop.
    Since I already have Windows 10 from Microsoft on my laptop, is it possible also to install it on my desktop without charge?
    Many thanks.
    Simple answer NO. You must purchase it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 

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