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  1.    01 Sep 2015 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That's just a quick, not very detailed question and answer. I still say it refers to the rollback feature, which won't work after 30 days. You can still reinstall your previous OS. Why would Microsoft block doing that? There is nothing to be gained by doing it? All your going to do is piss people off and generate negative press. People need a backup incase Windows 10 has issues on that hardware or they just don't like it.
    Also, they'd probably have to make a code change to the Windows 7/8.x activation processes, for no gain.

    Also, on this Microsoft page:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/w...covery-options
    Go back to your previous version of Windows

    For a month after you upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll be able to go back to your previous version of Windows from Settings > Update & security > Recovery. This will keep your personal files, but it’ll remove apps and drivers installed after the upgrade, as well as any changes you made to settings.

    {SNIP}

    If go back isn't available

    • Check to see if you can restore your PC to factory settings. This will reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC and remove personal files, apps and drivers that you've installed, and any changes you've made to settings. Go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get started and look for Restore factory settings.
    • If you created a recovery drive before upgrading to Windows 10, you might be able to use it to restore factory settings (even if the option isn’t showing up in Settings). For more information, see Use a recovery drive to reinstall Windows.
    • If you have installation media and a product key for your previous version of Windows, you can use them to go back. Get the details in Using installation media to reinstall Windows.
    The 'if go back isn't available' section is by implication if you want to go back after 30 days.
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  2.    01 Sep 2015 #12
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Microsoft can't block Windows 7 OEM-SLP activations anyway. Those factory installs don't activate online and use a common OEM key. The worst they can do is flag them all as non genuine. They won't do that because not everybody with those installs may have done the free upgrade. It's a no win situation for Microsoft no matter how you look at it, if they were to block you from going back.
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  3.    01 Sep 2015 #13
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    Raleigh, NC, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    The reliability of a good system partition backup beats the risks of Windows rollback any day, IMO. The last thing I did on each of my computers before I upgraded to 10 was a Macrium Reflect backup. They are all still there, ready to restore anytime if needed.
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  4.    01 Sep 2015 #14
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    Florida
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    W10 FCU & W10 Insider

    Confusing again?? it states "30 days after the upgrade was performed". So if I wait until Jan 1, 2016 and upgrade, I have 30 days after that?
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  5.    01 Sep 2015 #15
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    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by meebers View Post
    Confusing again?? it states "30 days after the upgrade was performed". So if I wait until Jan 1, 2016 and upgrade, I have 30 days after that?
    Yes,, that's from my understanding.
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  6.    01 Sep 2015 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by meebers View Post
    Confusing again?? it states "30 days after the upgrade was performed". So if I wait until Jan 1, 2016 and upgrade, I have 30 days after that?
    Yes. When you do the free upgrade an image of your old install is saved in Windows.old. After 30 days, a scheduled disk cleanup deletes it. Once its deleted you can't do a rollback because the rollback feature uses the Windows .old to do it. The 30 day time limit is from the date you actually do the upgrade.
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  7.    03 Sep 2015 #17

    Hi there

    Total FUD / Mis-information in this thread.

    you can ALWAYS revert back to a previous OS provided you took a backup image BEFORE you performed the upgrade - and it will have EXACTLY the same state that it had when you took the image (i.e activated etc).

    How many times have people on these forums TOLD people to take regular backups -- there's a load of FREE programs out there as well as cheap ROBUST commercial ones. Anybody who DOESN'T take backups deserves all the trouble they get into.

    Taking a backup is SIMPLE, EASY and QUICK --should be second nature to anybody even LOOKING at a computer --never mind about actually USING one.

    Take the backup of your W10 version too so if you want to try it again later you'll be able to without any fuss.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8.    03 Sep 2015 #18
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    New Mexico
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    Windows 10 Pro,

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Total FUD / Mis-information in this thread.

    you can ALWAYS revert back to a previous OS provided you took a backup image BEFORE you performed the upgrade - and it will have EXACTLY the same state that it had when you took the image (i.e activated etc).

    How many times have people on these forums TOLD people to take regular backups -- there's a load of FREE programs out there as well as cheap ROBUST commercial ones. Anybody who DOESN'T take backups deserves all the trouble they get into.

    Taking a backup is SIMPLE, EASY and QUICK --should be second nature to anybody even LOOKING at a computer --never mind about actually USING one.

    Take the backup of your W10 version too so if you want to try it again later you'll be able to without any fuss.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    If you have been reading the thread, that is exactly what we have been saying.
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  9.    03 Sep 2015 #19
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    10 Pro

    Interestingly if you buy 10 Pro you have automatic downgrade rights to either 7 or 8.1 Pro as long as they are supported according to the EULA.

    7. Downgrade Rights. If you acquired a device from a manufacturer or installer with a Professional version of Windows preinstalled on it, you may use either a Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional version, but only for so long as Microsoft provides support for that earlier version as set forth in (aka.ms/windowslifecycle). This agreement applies to your use of the earlier versions. If the earlier version includes different components, any terms for those components in the agreement that comes with the earlier version apply to your use of such components. Neither the manufacturer or installer, nor Microsoft, is obligated to supply earlier versions to you. You must obtain the earlier version separately, for which you may be charged a fee. At any time, you may replace an earlier version with the version you originally acquired.
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  10.    03 Sep 2015 #20

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That's just a quick, not very detailed question and answer. I still say it refers to the rollback feature, which won't work after 30 days. You can still reinstall your previous OS. Why would Microsoft block doing that? There is nothing to be gained by doing it? All your going to do is piss people off and generate negative press. People need a backup incase Windows 10 has issues on that hardware or they just don't like it.
    The rollback is an option inside of Windows that uses the Windows.old file to go back to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. They don't block but i believe the Windows.old goes away after 30 days (It's a huge file). After the 30 days you just have to use the System restore disks that you should of created for the OS you upgraded.
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