How to upgrade from W7/8.1 without going through the complete upgrade process

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  1. -Jim-

    -Jim- MDL Member

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    #1961 -Jim-, Dec 1, 2018
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    I decided to download from MS the image they supply as I assume (correctly or incorrectly) that it should be more current than my most present image mentioned above. I'm using Rufus 3.3 to create a bootable Thumb Drive. The SSD and CPU arrived so I think I've got all the bits to give this a try. Thanks for the assist.

    I decided to update this post for continuity, rather than quote myself. For some reason the Win 8 Pro Keys did not work, but I remembered I'd bought a Win 7 Pro OEM Builder disk ages ago (July 6, 2011 ) when I was building another RIg which was long ago retired. I dug through my storage and found it. That Key worked perfectly. Thanks for the assist.
     
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  2. whitestar_999

    whitestar_999 MDL Senior Member

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    If both OS are on different hdd then one only needs to select the hdd at boot.
     
  3. Yen

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    That's actually right. (And the way I prefer).

    But when the w10 installation recognizes a w7 OS on the other drive, it installs a windows bootloader menu on the new (w10) drive. Therefore the new (w10) drive can have permanent boot priority.
    From its boot menu you can choose which OS to boot as well.....
     
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  4. ganumor

    ganumor MDL Novice

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    All done. Dual boot working fine.
    Many thanks.:eek:
     
  5. acacrni

    acacrni MDL Novice

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    Planing to buy laptop without windows. Can you tell me what is best way to activate? I planned to upgrade from W7 with DAZ.. is it still working? or I need to take some special steps..
     
  6. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    You'll be lucky if Windows 7 is even able to boot on a new computer... problems like outdated sATA and USB drivers are the biggest roadblocks, unless you can find working drivers and integrate them into the installation.
    The best solution should be this:
    Check more info in the first post.
     
  7. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    fresh install w10 and use s1ave77 tool
     
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  8. rpo

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    Alternate solution : install Windows 8.1, activate it with a KMS tool, upgrade to Windows 10 windows 10 (build 10586). You will get HWID activation and can clean install.
     
  9. acacrni

    acacrni MDL Novice

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    Thank you guys, I will try to install Windows 7, if not I have old laptop, maybe I can transfer license.
     
  10. valery84

    valery84 MDL Novice

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    Can you explain what is this tool?
    Thank You
     
  11. Saurav

    Saurav MDL Addicted

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    Discussion of that tool is not allowed on MDL.
     
  12. spiderman_pink

    spiderman_pink MDL Member

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    this method still works?

    sorry i'm not well versed in win 8.1. so you need to install win 8.1 pro/enterprise i assume?
     
  13. rpo

    rpo MDL Addicted

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    AFAIK this method should still work. Install the version of W8 you like.
     
  14. mtr123

    mtr123 MDL Novice

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    Fresh install W10 pro or LTS B/C, and get one of the online keys published in the other Forum.
     
  15. chinobino

    chinobino MDL Member

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    I just used that method on a brand new Kabylake-R Lenovo Laptop that came with Windows 10 Home.

    I installed Windows 8.1 Update 3, installed my genuine Retail Windows 8 Serial then used gatherosstate.exe to make the GenuineTicket.xml which I used to activate Windows 10 Pro after in-place upgrade.

    It activated as soon as I connected to the internet.
     
  16. joluboga

    joluboga MDL Member

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    You could have just used your genuine Retail Windows 8 Serial directly during the Windows 10 installation, and it would have been activated the same.
     
  17. chinobino

    chinobino MDL Member

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    I tried that first and it didn't work.
     
  18. sdgusman

    sdgusman MDL Novice

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    Hello all,

    I was just asked to upgrade the Mrs. pc to windows 10.

    She has windows 7 home installed, OEM. Reading post #1, looks like that process should work.

    Does anyone know if her product key printed on the back of the desktop will work...or should i just jump in with the process in post #1.

    thanks.

    cheers,
    Gus in Vegas
     
  19. joluboga

    joluboga MDL Member

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    The win7 key will work fine.