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Windows 10......Making the move.....Advice please

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by hardtarget, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. hardtarget


    Joined: Feb 1, 2004

    Posts: 385

    Location: UK

    Hi folks, been out the loop for a long time and recently like some people still on Windows 7 had a reminder from Microsoft that they won't be supporting the OS after January 2020 :(

    I want to keep this old system with Windows 7. How would I be best going about this as I keep hearing its free and then see its not. I dont want to purchase the OS off some dodgy site. Also dont want anyone getting into trouble linking other sites and prices, just how you would go about it purchasing Windows 10. I might be old school, but I prefer the disks and license, would USB stick and license be the norm now?
  2. ED209


    Joined: Nov 5, 2014

    Posts: 5,997

    I have not tired this but you could download windows 10 and run the installer once it’s downloaded and it should then upgrade to w10.

    If you search google for windows 10 creation tool it will take you to the site and you can create a Bootable Usb stick or download the iso file.

    Once installed you can then do a clean install of w10 rather than a in place upgrade but make sure it’s activated first.

    I take it your windows 7 is oem? (Came on a pre built system and not retail)
  3. sideways14a

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 31, 2017

    Posts: 1,775

    Windows 10 can be had for not a lot of £££s - well the key can be - the OS itself is a simple download from MS.

    Speaking of windows 7 upgrades, i have nearly 200 of them to do at my work soon before the end of the support period... well the lads will have to do them... i aint lol.
  4. pc-guy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 29, 2005

    Posts: 1,030

    plenty keys to be purchased from volume sellers with not a lot of money. if you want to upgrade from W7 be sure to buy a key that is upgrade otherwise you will need to wipe and install W10 fresh
  5. stockhausen


    Joined: Jul 30, 2006

    Posts: 10,390

    You can still "upgrade" a Windows 7 system to Windows 10 - free, gratis and for nothing - download the Windows 10 installation media from https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

    I have in the past few weeks done this on two systems. For what it is worth, in both cases I ran the upgrade on Windows 7 system disks; in one case on a copy of a pre-existing system, in the other case on a fresh Windows 7 installation. I have not tried a clean install of Windows 10 using the Windows 7 key but there are suggestions that it will work.

    One caveat is that if you have an "old" configuration you may well find that it is slower on Windows 10 than it was on Windows 7 - you need to spend time getting rid of all the junk that Microsoft dumps onto your system - this is a harder job than the upgrade :(
  6. EssexBoy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 13, 2013

    Posts: 1,169

    Location: Essex/East London

    I got mine for £1.52 will see how long it lasts :D
  7. hyperseven


    Joined: May 1, 2013

    Posts: 6,696

    Location: M28

    Since you can't get an ltsb/c build I highly recommend you install sledgehammer to take control of your updates.
  8. Billy 2 Sips


    Joined: Jul 18, 2006

    Posts: 551

    I have done this a couple of weeks ago on and it works fine.
  9. Street


    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,548

    Location: Liverpool

    I've done quite a few like this recently and it's worked every time, just skip the part in the installer where it asks for a key and enter it in the actual OS when it's installed.
  10. Guest2


    Joined: May 6, 2009

    Posts: 13,879

    I have windows 7 professional now. If i update to windows 10 using the in place upgrade free method, will this update to windows 10 professional?
    Also, can updates be turned off/postponed on windows 10? Ive ran no updates at all on windows 7 for at least 4 years and had no problems at all
  11. digitaldreams


    Joined: Jul 5, 2007

    Posts: 297

    I'm thinking the same, upgrade (NOT CLEAN INSTALL) my current Win7 pro to avoid re-installing a heap of software, game saves etc.

    I have heard Win10 can be slower and has more privacy issues. What are the advantages if any ? (other than lack of win7 drivers for new devices). Any upgrades failed ??
  12. DB_SamX


    Joined: Feb 17, 2006

    Posts: 7,821

    Location: Winchester

    Just to be clear, I've got a small ssd with windows 7 retail too full to do anything.

    I want a new 1tb SSd with fresh windows 10. i could install windows 10, using the "Windows 10 installation media" upgrade tool, but just use my windows 7 key?

    I guess if it fail, I can just buy a new windows 10 oem license key?
  13. GilesGuthrie


    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 93

    Location: Edinburgh, UK

    The upgrade process still works. I did it myself a few weeks ago. You shouldn't need to spend any money, and you end up with a W10 version that is the equivalent level to what you had on W7.

    If you buy a new SSD, use Macrium Reflect (https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree) to clone your old W7 drive onto the new one, then run the upgrade. Macrium is free, and it works.
  14. Billy 2 Sips


    Joined: Jul 18, 2006

    Posts: 551

    Yes I did exactly that.

    I upgraded the ssd in my nuc and did a fresh install of windows 10, popped in my Win7 retail key that’s nearly 10 years old during the install. Then signed in with my Microsoft account and it was converted to a digital licence.
  15. DB_SamX


    Joined: Feb 17, 2006

    Posts: 7,821

    Location: Winchester

    Thanks both. Will grab a new ssd in black friday sales, that cloning software and get going.