Windows 10 FREE upgrade, but LATER?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by pir8skin, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. pir8skin

    pir8skin MDL Novice

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    I'm currently running a legal copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, which is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10. I'm not ready to update to 10 yet, but may want to at a later date. Here is my question... Is there any way that I can create a windows 10 ISO that will be activated and can be used after the free upgrade offer expires?

    Thanks,
    Pir8skin
     
  2. john123x

    john123x MDL Member

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    #3 john123x, Nov 27, 2015
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    Image backup windows 7, then upgrade to windows 10, activate it, then image backup windows 10, then restore windows 7 from image backup.

    This method is more reliable than praying microsoft still keeps your activation data when you decide to upgrade
     
  3. pir8skin

    pir8skin MDL Novice

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    Great, glad to hear it can be done. Thank you both for you replies. much appreciated.
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    If you have a legal copy of windows ultimate (which is amazing according to the retail price it had ;)) than windows 10 will always be free for you, since 10586 is released it will accept retail 7 and 8.x keys.
     
  5. Gharlane00

    Gharlane00 MDL Addicted

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    That is probably not true. 10586 recognizes that your Windows 7 key is properly formatted and will continue with the installation but that does not mean that the Microsoft activation server will accept it after the install checks to see if it is legal. If MS turns off free upgrades next year then anyone that waited is screwed.
     
  6. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    thats why nobody should wait. get an activated copy of 10 before July 2016 on the hardware you will be using then. Once the upgrade offer expires all the HWID's collected during the free win10 upgrade WILL be honored.

    @ Enthousiast yeah Windows 7 Ultimate $320 in 2009 makes me :death:
     
  7. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    It's one of the benefits 10586 brought, it accepts win 7 retail keys, abbodi has posted somewhere wich sort of keys are accepted and which are not. If i remember correctly, oem (systembuilder not slic2.x) keys and retail keys (storebought) will be accepted, slic2.1 bioskeys will not be accepted.
     
  8. foo3495

    foo3495 MDL Member

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    i did a fresh install of w10 on a customer laptop and put the w7 key in from underneath at the start of install, activated ok.
     
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  9. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Please can you clear up what you mean?
     
  10. GOD666

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    My suggested method will work too (it has been documented by Microsoft). On the plus side you also will not be dependent on 3rd party imaging software.

    But to each their own (your way can work too).
     
  12. Gharlane00

    Gharlane00 MDL Addicted

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    Still don't really understand why people are unwilling to upgrade to 10. Seems like insisting that your black and white TV is good enough when someone is offering you a 55 inch flat screen for free.
     
  13. EFA11

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    because some see that 55 inch tv and it has a big hole in the center of it :D
     
  14. Mavericks Choice

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    I too am wary of anything for free!!!
     
  15. ttmax

    ttmax MDL Member

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    #16 ttmax, Nov 29, 2015
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    The easiest way to do what you want is to use gatherosstate.exe program (from a win10 install cd).

    All is explained here (you run up to step 2.2) : How to upgrade from W7/8.1 without going through the complete upgrade process

    Then later on you'll be able to restart the process from step 2.3 , and install an activated Windows 10.
     
  16. Frogzy

    Frogzy MDL Novice

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    The gatherosstate.exe... "process" has it's benefits but won't help the OP after mid next year as it works in conjunction with the same microsoft server activation that will be turned off.
    It may be of benefit to them now if they were to create the GenuineTicket.xml on their current Win7 install & then on a different HDD do a fresh Win10 install & use the GenuineTicket.xml to make it genuine & activate it. They would then have a Win10 activation tied to their machine & their Win7 install would remain untouched.
    This assumes they have a spare HDD lying arround
     
  17. Gharlane00

    Gharlane00 MDL Addicted

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    A similar "hole" exists in your old tv. you just never knew or cared
     
  18. GOD666

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    Stability and compatibility comes to mind.

    Nvidia hasn't worked out all their bugs in Windows 10 or Microsoft hasn't (one or the other). I get random blue screens when streaming video in my browser (has happen in media player too, but mostly within the browser). I've Google search and the results suggest either driver issue or hardware. As the hardware works perfectly in both Windows 8.1 and Linux, I know the issue is driver related to Windows 10.
     
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