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    • verybigchris
    • By verybigchris 22nd May 19, 8:10 AM
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    Options for re-installing windows
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    • 22nd May 19, 8:10 AM
    Options for re-installing windows 22nd May 19 at 8:10 AM
    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 Jones
    • By Neil Jones 22nd May 19, 8:26 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 8:26 AM
    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.
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 22nd May 19, 8:33 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 8:33 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 8:33 AM
    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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    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 22nd May 19, 9:32 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 9:32 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 9:32 AM
    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 '
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    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.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 22nd May 19, 10:08 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 10:08 AM
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    • 22nd May 19, 10:08 AM
    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.
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 22nd May 19, 12:46 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 12:46 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 12:46 PM
    Why would it not work ?
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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 22nd May 19, 1:05 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 1:05 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 1:05 PM
    Why would it not work ?
    Originally posted by AndyPix
    Have no idea. Just giving alternatives should it not.
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 22nd May 19, 1:30 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 1:30 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 1:30 PM
    Sorry, a bit behind here, so Microsoft are allowing all (valid) W7 licensed computers to be upgraded to W10 at zero cost?
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 22nd May 19, 1:31 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 1:31 PM
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    • 22nd May 19, 1:31 PM
    Sorry, a bit behind here, so Microsoft are allowing all (valid) W7 licensed computers to be upgraded to W10 at zero cost?
    Originally posted by grumpycrab

    Yep.... you've got it.

    The plan is to get everyone to move over, by hook or by crook..
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    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?
    Originally posted by verybigchris
    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.
    Last edited by Tarambor; 22-05-2019 at 6:15 PM.
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