Install Win10 to Activate Then Reinstall Win7, Question

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by syga, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. syga

    syga MDL Novice

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    #1 syga, Feb 12, 2016
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    Hello,

    I have a fairly new PC that I build last year. I'm using Win7 ultimate. Everything works perfectly.

    Windows 7 support from microsoft is ending Jan 2020 and I'm hoping my pc will last longer than that.

    I've tried Win10 on a different machine, didn't really like it, but I know I need to upgrade sometime, and I want to take advantage of the free Win10 activation offer before it expires this summer.

    So, I was thinking of doing this:

    Make a disc image of my current setup with Win7.
    Upgrade to Win10, keep it for a week, let it activate so my system information is stored by microsoft.
    Reinstall Win7 through the disc image.
    Install Win10 in a few years.

    My question is, do you think that this would work?
    How long does microsoft keep my Win10 activation information?

    Thanks.
     
  2. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    I think that if windows 10 is activated on your machine it will last life time as far as we know for now but it is an different story if you change hardware in the future then you will lose your activation happend to me once ;)
     
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  3. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

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    Why not just install Win 10 onto a separate HDD ? Leave your Win 7 drive alone.

    Get a spare drive, load Win 7 onto it, activate it how ever you choose, do the Win 10 upgrade, then do a fresh install of 10 making sure your fully activated. Run it to get used to it, then when it bores you put your original Win 7 drive back in.

    Job done.
     
  4. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    Why not just dual boot, that way you can keep win 10 updated:D
     
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  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    You could do this now, take a win 10 Multiple Edition MSDN iso and do this:

    And leave it there till you want to use it (then follow Yen's instructions).
     
  6. WaltC

    WaltC MDL Addicted

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