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  1.    04 Jul 2016 #400
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    Win7

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    It's not a problem.
    I had the same question a while ago, see Post #60
    Thank you, NavyLCDR and DavidE!
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  2.    04 Jul 2016 #401
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    Windows 10 Pro Edition Build 15063.13

    Hi All,
    This may sound like a stupid question, but I really need an answer anyway. So far anyway..I haven't seen any mention of while file type ( FAT32-default OR NTFS ) that the USB drive should be. Could someone PLEASE clarify this for me ?
    Thanks,
    David
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  3.    04 Jul 2016 #402
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Davy49 View Post
    I haven't seen any mention of while file type ( FAT32-default OR NTFS ) that the USB drive should be. Could someone PLEASE clarify this for me ?
    Thanks,
    David
    Are you asking about a Windows 10 installation USB flash drive? FAT32 works best and more universally for that.
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  4.    04 Jul 2016 #403
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    Hi - does anyone know if this method will work after the july 31 cut off - if i was to export my licence of my activated win 7 and store it safe then say in 12 months do a clean install of win 10 could i then use this method to activate?

    Thanks
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  5.    04 Jul 2016 #404
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    Windows 10 Pro

    No. The free upgrade ends July 29.
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  6.    21 Jul 2016 #405
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

    I just read through all 41 pages of this thread along with several other postings.

    It looks like I can upgrade to Windows 10 using the gatherossstate.exe method or do a clean install & just use my Windows 7 key. After reading this thread, some postings more thoroughly than others, Iím not sure what the advantage is of using the gatherossstate.exe method. Why would I not want to do a clean install & just use the Windows 7 Key?

    One of my friends did a 7 to 10 upgrade as part of the normal Windows 7 update process. He had some problems with Win10 & was able to restore back to Win7. I understand you can rollback to Win7 within 31 days.

    If you do a clean install how do you get access to this restore option because there is nothing to restore back to?
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  7.    21 Jul 2016 #406
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike100 View Post
    After reading this thread, some postings more thoroughly than others, I’m not sure what the advantage is of using the gatherossstate.exe method. Why would I not want to do a clean install & just use the Windows 7 Key?
    If your Windows 7 product key is blocked from automatic online activation for some reason, then manually entering it to activate Windows 10 will fail. Your only recourse then is to call Microsoft and beg them to activate your Windows 10 for you or to temporarily install Windows 7 on the computer, activate it over the phone, then use the gatherosstate.exe metod anyway to activate the Windows 10. It takes less than one minute to capture the genuineticket.xml file from your Windows 7 so why not do it just for backup purposes if entering the Windows 7 product key manually fails?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike100 View Post
    If you do a clean install how do you get access to this restore option because there is nothing to restore back to?
    If you do a clean install of Windows 10 you won't have the built-in option to revert back to Windows 7. The only way to go back to Windows 7 would be to restore a backup image of Windows 7 you made before the clean install of Windows 10, or do a clean install of Windows 7.
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  8.    21 Jul 2016 #407
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    If you do a clean install of Windows 10 you won't have the built-in option to revert back to Windows 7. The only way to go back to Windows 7 would be to restore a backup image of Windows 7 you made before the clean install of Windows 10, or do a clean install of Windows 7.
    I'd end up with Win7 on the original HDD and Win10 on a new HDD/SSD. Will Microsoft automatically pickup on the fact that if I've gone back to re-installing the Win7 HDD that that's one I want my license locked into?

    If I swap between the two HDDs for a few days to see how my programs work will that confuse Microsoft's database?
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  9.    21 Jul 2016 #408
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike100 View Post
    I'd end up with Win7 on the original HDD and Win10 on a new HDD/SSD. Will Microsoft automatically pickup on the fact that if I've gone back to re-installing the Win7 HDD that that's one I want my license locked into?

    If I swap between the two HDDs for a few days to see how my programs work will that confuse Microsoft's database?
    You can swap between the two as much as you want, you just can't legally have them both (versions of Windows) installed in the computer at the same time.
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  10.    21 Jul 2016 #409
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    You can swap between the two as much as you want, you just can't legally have them both (versions of Windows) installed in the computer at the same time.
    I understand that & wasn't sure if I could swap back & forth "forever". Then I saw this article which says "If you upgraded your current PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, your Windows 7 license expired 31 days after the upgrade."
    You can dual-boot Windows 7 with Windows 10, but there's a catch | PCWorld

    If I upgraded via normal Windows Updates & rolled back to Win7 I could see where Microsoft would know what I did. Everything stays on the same HDD.

    If I do a clean install on another HDD but then decide to put back the original Win 7 HDD, will Microsoft be aware of that? IOW there's a break in continuity because the upgrade process has left that original drive. I cannot just click on "Restore" to let the whole system know what is going on. I'm concerned since there would not be a "Restore" function that something will not register properly. Does my explanation make sense?
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