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    Hi all.

    Been away for a while enjoying the comforts of the NHS. Recently I was reading an article that implied it was still possible to upgrade from W7 to W20 for FREE but there was a window of only a few weeks.

    Is this really possible and if so how do I go about it?

    I have four PCs running W7 and two still running XP (blame SWMBO).

    It would also appear that W10 is plagued with update problems and I do not want any hassle at my age.

    My plan was to go over to a basic Linux distro since I really could manage with that now if push came to shove. But if I can upgrade to W10 then it might be better to grab it whilst I can.

    So perhaps I could seek out the opinions of this excellent body of experts

    Should I jump and if so how do I go about it.

    Its easy when you know how

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  • #37338

    Mark Turner
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    Tippon

    Would it not be better to do a win 10 upgrade as mentioned above and see if it automatically registers which seems to work ” I did the daughters boyfriends old win 8.1 machine last week upgraded it said 10 was registered then did a clean install you could upgrade see if it registers then back up what you need then do a clean install ” you will find out if the 7 key installed on the laptop works that way.

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    #37341

    Tippon
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    If I was doing a straight upgrade, then yeah, but I’ve bought her an SSD too. The original plan was to do a clean install onto the SSD with a cheap ebay key, then let her get used to Win 10 slowly. I had the first key refuse to activate, so the seller sent a new one, and that wouldn’t activate either. I’m hoping that it’s something to do with the laptop previously being upgraded from Vista to 7, and using the 7 key will let the 10 upgrade go through.

    It’s been about a month so far and I still can’t get her to tell me what she wants transferred >.<

    #37343

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    That will work. Since the W10 creators update it accepts W7 retail keys

     

    #37345

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    It is only when you try to transfer your retail licence to a new machine that you have to ring MS 😁

    #37347

    The Duke
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    I installed 10 on an 8 laptop yesterday and it activated automatically. Not sure how or why, but it worked.

    #37351

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    Well thats the thing. MS will have had the hardware registered under W8. So far they are still letting people who had 7 or 8 machines upgrade to W10.

    If you build a new machine and have a windows retail licence you will still need to call MS 🙄

    #37352

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    Oh yes, that will transfer the licence to the new hardware and invalidate the old 😆

    #37353

    The Duke
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    Is the windows assistance loop hole still avalible? I used that a ton of times a few years back. As I class reliance on spell checker as ‘assistance’.

    #37357

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    I don’t know but Microsoft really do want everyone on W10.

    #37370

    The Duke
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    Of corse they do, and so should the whole Internet. As older compromised Windows is a theat to all. Well all pc users.

    Android has to be running the most traffic on the net now.

    #37371

    Mark Turner
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    I did a win 8 laptop today my brother has had it stashed away for a few years did the upgrade it registered straight away. Followed that by a clean install and all is fine. I’ve not had a lot of dealings with 8 then I get 2 in a week both upgraded and registered straight away.

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    Not surprised Mark. MS will have the hardware registered, like it or not

    #37375

    Mark Turner
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    @Graham a free upgrade is always good even though the keys are cheap on the bay

    #37376

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    Seems to be the mobo serial number that does the trick

    #37378

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    And that will be found by the SMBIOS I already have a bee in my bonnet about 😁

    #37442

    JayCeeDee
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    Interesting new option from MS – the opportunity in future to re-install W10 off the cloud. It just came in to my Windows Insider Inbox  – thought I’d opted out of that!!

     

    “A faster, easier way to reset your PC.
    Running into trouble and need to re-install Windows? Instead of creating a USB stick with installation media, you can now download Windows directly from the cloud. No USB required!”

     

    #37444

    Ed P
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    Tippon don’t forget there are some cpu/gpu gotchas which make Win10 impossible for machines in the Vista and earlier era.

    #37446

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    Thats not actually totally new JCD. For quite a while now the Media Creation Tool has had an option to create installation media or to just reinstall Windows from the latest online immage, odd ah ?

    #37485

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    Tippon don’t forget there are some cpu/gpu gotchas which make Win10 impossible for machines in the Vista and earlier era.

    Wouldn’t that stop it from installing rather than activating though? It’s installed correctly, other than I think two drivers, but it wouldn’t activate with a 10 key.

    #37495

    Ed P
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    Wouldn’t that stop it from installing rather than activating though?

    Sounds a reasonable guess unless the drivers are part of the WIM system, or similar.

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