Win 7 -> 10 Do you actually need to install the Win 10 bits to reserve your copy?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Stars, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. Stars

    Stars MDL Novice

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    Win 7 home/pro to Win 10 home/pro.

    Do I actually need to install Win10 within the next year to get MS to store my hardwares ID so that I in e.g. 2 years can clean install win 10 on a new blank HD?

    Or what part of the upgrade process stores my hardware ID with MS?

    Thx all
     
  2. kokosmann

    kokosmann MDL Novice

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    You got it exactly right.

    You need to upgrade once, so that a specific hardware ID can be created for your machine and is then saved on MS servers.

    After that, you can directly format your drive and install a fresh copy without entering a key. After rebooting, your machine is instantly and permanently activated.
     
  3. Stars

    Stars MDL Novice

    Apr 27, 2014
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    thx was fearing that but was hoping I didn't have to really install it and then roll back right after that but that is the only way then.
     
  4. Bezalel

    Bezalel MDL Member

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    If you want to keep your current OS for now, get a spare hard disk and install your current OS on it and than upgrade to Windows 10. Rolling back to a previous OS is always a risky procedure.
     
  5. GotItBro

    GotItBro MDL Novice

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    I think after a year they will remove the functionality to update to Windows 10 from Windows Update. So, you have the chance to update till 29th July, 2016.