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Upgrading Win7 to Win10 for free ?

Q: Upgrading Win7 to Win10 for free ?

Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free ?

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Preferred Solution: Upgrading Win7 to Win10 for free ?

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A: Upgrading Win7 to Win10 for free ?

hi the free period is over so no not that I know of
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I have 4 PCs; I was able to upgrade 3, but the fourth one the desktop I couldn't upgrade it.
I followed all the workarounds and solution were offered I downloaded the Windows Creation Tool
and still cannot update.
If I upgrade through Windows Update then it stops at ( Check your PC before upgrading )
and if I run it through the Windows tool it doesn't run at all !!
What should I do?

A:Upgrading from win7 to win10

any hope to fix this issue
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I'm thinking of upgrading from Windows to Windows but I have a few questions regarding the process and result Essentially my questions revolve around if I should be expecting that all my settings applications and documents remain identical after the upgrade process What sort of changes other Questions Upgrading: -> Win10 Win7 About then a change in the UI and other OS related ness should I be expecting Would I need to reinstall any of my applications I have some older applications where I don't have the install Adobe CS older video games These applications are located across different partitions C is my main D is for games E is for other applications Do my application settings Photoshop games get carried over after upgrading What should i backup and what will get replaced I will be backing up My Documents and fonts Will my Windows settings desktop wallpaper startup list files in recycling bin get carried over to Windows I currently have GB free on my main partition This partition has Windows and my most used applications Will upgrading to Windows replace the files inside my Windows folder Will the Windows folder automatically get deleted Will Windows create a backup copy of my Windows folder so I can revert if needed If so will it be using the space in my main partition What is the application compatibility for Windows like I think the oldest applications I have are from about -ish Will that be fine

A:Questions About Upgrading: Win7 -> Win10

1) Maybe.
2) Mostly.
3) Probably.
4.) If you install 10 as an upgrade, a windows.old directory will be created, allowing you to revert to 7. That is only good for 30 days, though.
5) Varies.

Two recommendations:

1) Don't upgrade to Windows 10 if you have critical applications for which you lack installation media.
2) If you upgrade anyway, image your Windows 7 installation first. (I haven't used it personally, but Macrium Reflect Free is popular.) That will save you a lot of trouble if the upgrade goes wrong. Especially if you have no means of clean installing 7.
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I'm trying to beat the MSoft clock that runs out on 7/29 for the free upgrade to Win10. Wouldn't you know it, of all the hiccups I would get is the error saying "Can't update from Win 7 Server, or Enterprise to Win10. See Admin." Well, I AM THE ADMIN!! AAARRGGHH!! So, what's the quickest way to get around this conundrum? I DON'T have 7 days.


A:Upgrading From Win7 Entprise to Win10

Microsoft never offered to upgrade Enterprise for free.
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I'm trying to beat the MSoft clock that runs out on 7/29 for the free upgrade to Win10. Wouldn't you know it, of all the hiccups I would get is the error saying "Can't update from Win 7 Server, or Enterprise to Win10. See Admin." Well, I AM THE ADMIN!! AAARRGGHH!! So, what's the quickest way to get around this conundrum? I DON'T have 7 days.


A:Upgrading From Win7 Enterprise to Win10

Microsoft never offered to upgrade Enterprise for free.
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I would describe my Win7 system as 95% healthy, not 100%, but it runs more or less as I want it to.
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In preparation for this, I just created a disk image of my Win7 system, just in case things go horribly wrong on the upgrade.
Is it advisable to go to the trouble to repair Win7 (at which point I could create a 2nd disk image for safekeeping), before upgrading to Win10?
Or will Win10 just install in pristine condition, even though Win7 ISN'T in pristine condition?

A:Should I repair Win7 before upgrading to Win10?

What exactly do you mean by "not 100%,"...?
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I have a Win-7 Pro laptop. I have a duplicate of the system drive for backup purposes.
If I were to accept the update to Win 10, would I be able to use Win-7 (restored from the duplicate drive), or would the fact of updating the OS mark my existing Win-7 license invalid (somewhere inside MS' servers), and the system will start barking some time soon that it is not "genuine", etc.?

(Sorry, if this topic exists buried somewhere: I tried to search for it but couldn't find.)

A:Will upgrading to Win10 deactivate Win7 license?

And about 10 minutes after posting this question, I finally found the thread that answers my question:
7 to 10, back to 7, eventually to 10.

Unfortunately, in this forum, it is impossible do delete your own thread.
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I am trying to solve my upgrading issue without buying Windows 10 Home, but have not succeeded in finding the solution yet. Anyone with experiences or good ideas?

A:Upgrading from win7 Enterprise to Win10 Home


This thread is from June last year but I should think the position remains the same.


Some Windows editions are not eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade. These include Windows RT/RT 8.1, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise. The Enterprise editions are geared toward large organizations, which typically have their own licensing agreements with Microsoft.

Which edition of Windows 10 will you get for free? - CNET

Looks like you may be out of luck.
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A:Win 10 boot disk error after upgrading from Win7 to Win10

First question. What exactly is on the flash drive? Is it just the ISO file itself (one file), or is it the extracted contents of the ISO file (a Windows setup folder structure, with a setup.exe file in the root folder)?

Second, is the flash drive formatted as FAT32?
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I think I started the download about 2 hours ago, but its still at the same screen that says starting download. Is this normal?

A:I am upgrading from Win7 to Win10 but it seems stuck at starting download?

Doing an actual live in-place upgrade from 7 to Windows 10 using the Windows Update method (where it downloads everything necessary to do the upgrade and not using an ISO with local files or the Media Creation Tool) will take some time. If necessary, cancel or stop the process, log out, reboot, and try again if you feel it's taking an inordinate amount of time - actual live in-place upgrades will be slower than one done with local installation files.

It's just how it goes, slowly and relatively surely. If you feel it's taking way way too long, use the Media Creation Tool, get the ISO, burn it or put the contents on a USB stick (using the tool itself) and then do the upgrade from that media which will go much faster (given you can actually download the necessary files, of course).
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A:Upgrading to Win10 from Win7; fails every time with 0xc1900101-0x30018

System File Checker indicates that there are some corrupt system files, but this is way above my head so i wouldn't know how to correct them.

i will post the log here when i can.
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A:Can i upgrade from WIN7 to WIN10 "for free" ?

Hi Welcome to Windows Central! Give this a look. I have no experience with this, so you're on your own!
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Part5 = swap (extended)
This setup worked good.

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A:Upgrading to Win10 Pro

Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro - Windows 10 Forums
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A:Upgrading to Win10 Pro

Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro - Windows 10 Forums
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A:win10 not upgrading

mukul786 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Enterprise Editions are intended ONLY to be used by commercial operations -- hence the name Enterprise.  The only LEGAL way to acquire and install Enterprise editions is through a company, which typically makes those available to their employees through Home Use Programs  (HUP) those companies have negotiated with Microsoft. Those same companies, because of the HUP terms, are required to then support those users in terms of upgrades. If, in fact, you have an Enterprise edition, the ONLY way you can upgrade it is through the company that furnished you that software in the first place. Enterprise Editions are not available for consumer purchase. So, there is nothing WE can do regarding Upgrading your Windows.
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A:Anyone else not upgrading to Win10?

MS is sending upgrade notices in several waves apparently depending on things like driver availability and whether or not you participated in the Beta. I got tired of waiting and seeing all those "Windows 10 update failed" messages in Windows Update (I think these might indicate that Windows Update was downloading the install file bits at a time) so I manually downloaded and installed the upgrade.
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A:upgrading to Win10

you are supposed to be able to upgrade with a clean install and enter the W7 Key , according to the new media tool
However, i would probably want to make sure w7 is fully updated before installing W10
maybe make a recovery dvd on one of the pcs - so you can restore the PC back to factory settings and try
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A:Will upgrading a CPU only in Win10 OEM deactivate key?

So long as the motherboard isn't should still be fine. But OEM windows is extra finicky
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A:Upgrading a Pavilion a450n to win10

Hi @littlefrog66,Thanks for becoming a member of the HP Support Forums. I understand you are have questions about upgrading. I will be glad to help you.Please post the full product number and operating system in use on your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information.How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?Is the Windows Version on My Computer 32-bit or 64-bit? Please get back to me and I will help.
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Everything works fine on my Win8.1 laptop with Classic Shell installed, with everything as I want it.

When I eventually update to Win10 will the layout I currently have change in any way, including Classic Shell layout and settings?

Will I be able to start Firefox with the last saved session (I should be able to as I use the 'session manager' plugin)?


A:When upgrading to Win10, will I lose the layout I have?

That is a definite maybe!

In most cases everything should be the same except for software that is not compatible with Windows 10 or pirated software which Windows 10 will delete.

The best way to upgrade to Windows 10 is to create an image backup of your existing setup to an external hard drive using a program like Macrium Reflect Free. Then if anything goes wrong you can restore back to where you started in 20 minutes or so.

I'd recommend uninstalling Classic Shell before the upgrade then reinstall the latest version after the upgrade completes.
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A:Is it worth upgrading to Win10 from Win8.1?

You have about 30 days to switch back if you don't like it, which is a good thing.

Firstly - You may lose your data due to unforeseen errors. It's a rare occurrence, but you don't want to be a statistic.

Secondly - In a lighter vein, Windows 10 is the biggest Junkware in the world. Be careful when you try to remove Potentially Unwanted Programs, Windows 10 doesn't get removed.

Thirdly - Are you aware that Microsoft wants Windows 10 to aggressively collect as much data about you as possible? This is no different from what Google and others do, obviously, but the exploits and their data collection policies are alarming. If you're privacy conscious, you may want to tweak a few settings during the installation. If you're paranoid about a company's data collection policies - Use a Guide to reduce privacy risk.

It also depends on what kind of computer you have, really. Is it a touchscreen? Are most of your important software Windows 10 compatible?

Everyone on here can give you great advice - better than mine, frankly. They'll list all the pros and cons more accurately, but it really depends on how you feel about using it. Are you comfortable with it? Do you like the smoothness and the interface and the settings? You have to decide it yourself within a month. Nobody can decide better than you yourself, no matter what we say, really.

Like it or hate it, Windows 10 is a good product despite its many exploits, bugs, data policies and flaws.
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BIG thank you.
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You just have to tell a little lie and say you use "assistive technology".

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A:Helix 1gen worth upgrading to win10?

Welcome to Lenovo Community.
I upgraded my Helix Gen 1 to Windows 10 recently. I have had no problems except that I had to reinstall my old Dell printer. (That was no surprise because it was made for XP.) No issues now though. Beforehand I made sure all of the Lenovo drivers for Helix Gen 1 were updated.  I decided not to update the BIOS to the next version because it had already been updated one version after I got the Helix. All computers are configured differently by the owner, but in my case everything went smoothly. Good luck!
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A:Does Upgrading to Win10 from WU have clean install option?

There is a special procedure for doing a clean install without having to go through the upgrade process. Is this what you are looking for?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First
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A:Important CAUTION on upgrading to Win10 if you are using HP Printers!!

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A:Upgrading pre-installed Win8.1 to Win10 after July

Not that I know of.
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A:Can I do a clean install of Win8.1 after upgrading to Win10?

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A:who and why is anyone going for the free Win10 upgrade ?

Lots of Windows 10 news here ... Windows 10 News - Windows 10 Forums
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A:Free Win10 upgrade

I know someone with a Vista (Business) PC and he received a free upgrade notice to Win10. Is this correct and if so does it just mean that the OS will be installed without saving apps and files?Click to expand...

The free upgrade applies to qualified computers that are running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1.

It does NOT apply to computers that are running Windows Vista.

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A:Cloning disk on two Laptops, avoiding win10 upgrading twice.

I would not recommend a clone of any OS onto a different system as even seemingly identical systems may have slight variations in the components used that are enough to cause issues.

There is an option to perform multiple installs or upgrades using downloaded media The Media Creation tool is available from microsoft

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

If you had a lot of systems to install I might be useful to use an image system and use sysprep to customize the image but for just two systems I think the Media Creation Tool is best

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@Derek My problem was a dark display of the webcam image only, not the entire computer display. Problem is solved and thanks for your response.
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A:Upgrading from Win7 home to Win7 professional

It is best to format and do a clean install. You will be much better off than using an easier method. All that bloat will be gone.
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Hi there

Oh Dear

Why don't some people EVER LISTEN to sensible advice on these Forums

Why on earth didn't you IMAGE you W7 system before doing any upgrades etc --things like MACRIUM are FREE.

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Bonjour moi j avais le m?m? problemme
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Hi gauravdj,

Welcome to the 7forums

Please read BSOD Posting Instructions
The second parameter indicates improper termination or defective cabling on SCSI devices or that two devices are trying to use the same IRQ. Please check your cabling for any problems, preferrable is replacement of the cabling for the time of troubleshooting to see if that may help.
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Diagnostics Test


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Disk Check - Windows 7 Help Forums
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Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Did you ever successfully restore the machine to Windows 7?

If you selected to clean the drive, did you do this through Windows 10? This would have left the Windows 10 OS files on the drive, granted that it completed successfully.

Have you tried to create a bootable Windows 10 USB and boot to it?

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A:Hunting malware - Win7, 8.1 or Win10?

NekoJonez said:

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Thanks in advance guys.Click to expand...

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