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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
I've been donated two desktop PCs with wiped hard drives. Both have Windows 7 licence stickers on the side. I understand I should be able to reinstall W7 using the correct iso, but ideally I'd rather have W10.

What are my options? Can I install W10 directly, do I have to install W7 and upgrade, or am I stuck on W7?

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  • Neil_JonesNeil_Jones Forumite
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    If the machines have had windows 10 on them in the past then the digital licences will still be valid. However you will not know this until you try to install 10 and then do the activation because it will fail if there is no licence or if its the wrong version.

    You can always build them with 7 and then upgrade them to 10.
  • AndyPixAndyPix Forumite
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    You can download windows 10 no problem and activate it with the windows 7 licence key that you have .


    Start here : https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10


    Click on ' download tool now '
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  • stragglebodstragglebod Forumite
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    AndyPix wrote: »
    You can download windows 10 no problem and activate it with the windows 7 licence key that you have .


    Start here : https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10


    Click on ' download tool now '
    This. You don't need to have ever installed Windows 10 (or indeed 7) on the computer before.


    I've done this to install Windows 10 on Chromebook using an old Windows 7 license.
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    If non of the above work for you, you can run a quick install of Windows 7(no need to look for Drivers etc) and use the gatherosstate method to activate a clean install of Windows 10.
  • AndyPixAndyPix Forumite
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    Why would it not work ?
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  • EveryWhereEveryWhere
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    AndyPix wrote: »
    Why would it not work ?

    Have no idea. Just giving alternatives should it not.
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    Sorry, a bit behind here, so Microsoft are allowing all (valid) W7 licensed computers to be upgraded to W10 at zero cost?
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  • EveryWhereEveryWhere
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    grumpycrab wrote: »
    Sorry, a bit behind here, so Microsoft are allowing all (valid) W7 licensed computers to be upgraded to W10 at zero cost?


    Yep.... you've got it.

    The plan is to get everyone to move over, by hook or by crook..
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    edited 22 May 2019 at 7:15PM
    I've been donated two desktop PCs with wiped hard drives. Both have Windows 7 licence stickers on the side. I understand I should be able to reinstall W7 using the correct iso, but ideally I'd rather have W10.

    What are my options? Can I install W10 directly, do I have to install W7 and upgrade, or am I stuck on W7?

    Download the Windows 10 installation ISO from Microsoft, create an installation disc. Install Windows 10 using the licence key for Windows 7 and you're good to go. Did this just last week so can confirm its still working. Basically Microsoft want everyone on Windows 10, Windows 7 is heading for a decade old, has more holes than swiss cheese and it costs them money to continue supporting it/securing it and they get no revenue for it any more. Their webpage for creating installation media didn't even ask me for a CD key like it used to do in the past.
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