W7 or W10
April 1, 2019 at 5:17 pm #32300
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
October 11, 2019 at 10:24 pm #37338
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.
October 12, 2019 at 12:24 am #37341
- This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by Mark Turner.
TipponKeymaster@tipponForumite Points: 2,438
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 >.<October 12, 2019 at 12:47 am #37343
That will work. Since the W10 creators update it accepts W7 retail keysOctober 12, 2019 at 12:56 am #37345
It is only when you try to transfer your retail licence to a new machine that you have to ring MS 😁October 12, 2019 at 1:56 am #37347
I installed 10 on an 8 laptop yesterday and it activated automatically. Not sure how or why, but it worked.October 12, 2019 at 9:00 am #37351
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 🙄October 12, 2019 at 9:13 am #37352
Oh yes, that will transfer the licence to the new hardware and invalidate the old 😆October 12, 2019 at 9:23 am #37353
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’.October 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm #37357
I don’t know but Microsoft really do want everyone on W10.October 12, 2019 at 8:17 pm #37370
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.October 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm #37371
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.October 12, 2019 at 9:48 pm #37373
Not surprised Mark. MS will have the hardware registered, like it or notOctober 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm #37375
@Graham a free upgrade is always good even though the keys are cheap on the bayOctober 12, 2019 at 9:56 pm #37376
Seems to be the mobo serial number that does the trickOctober 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm #37378
And that will be found by the SMBIOS I already have a bee in my bonnet about 😁October 15, 2019 at 11:55 pm #37442
JayCeeDeeParticipant@jayceedeeForumite Points: 2,968
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!”October 16, 2019 at 8:05 am #37444
Ed PParticipant@edpsForumite Points: 6,379
Tippon don’t forget there are some cpu/gpu gotchas which make Win10 impossible for machines in the Vista and earlier era.October 16, 2019 at 3:23 pm #37446
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 ?October 18, 2019 at 12:56 am #37485
TipponKeymaster@tipponForumite Points: 2,438
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.October 18, 2019 at 12:24 pm #37495
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