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house kitten 6,899 November 12, 2015 at 08:52 AM More Newegg Deals
I just bought a used TP on ebay for a great price. It came with windows 10 installed but has a code for win 7 in battery compartment. It also has office 2013 installed and apparently activated. Also has adobe software. I may want to go back to 7 so am wondering what my first step should be? Back it up as it is so if I got to 7 and hate it I can reinstall 10? I also know that win 10 is tied to hardware so will I be able to come back to 10 at a later date?


Yikes, just found out from buyer it was purchased from pawn shop... Oh well, great system.
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I think you only get a set amount of time after the 10 upgrade to roll back to 7 or 8 depending on where you came from. The code used for the 7 or 8 activation is stored in the bios of the machine and upon registration with Microsoft after upgrading, it becomes a 10 code.

Short story, unless it is within a couple of months of the install you are stuck with 10. Your key for 7 is now a 10 activation key as far as I understand.
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I think you only get a set amount of time after the 10 upgrade to roll back to 7 or 8 depending on where you came from. The code used for the 7 or 8 activation is stored in the bios of the machine and upon registration with Microsoft after upgrading, it becomes a 10 code.

Short story, unless it is within a couple of months of the install you are stuck with 10. Your key for 7 is now a 10 activation key as far as I understand.
It's 30 days to roll back. If OP has to reinstall I would take an image first so you can go back to W10 with the software licenses they don't have. Personally I have not found the key retrieval programs to be very helpful on recent versions of windows so I would have a hard time trusting that route. I would also think the chance the machine could have pirated office and adobe software is rather high.

Personally I would want to blow the OS away anyways and start over for trust and security reason. You have no idea what is running on that machine or what was run on it. The only way to trust it is to start from zero and build it yourself (Reformat)
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It's 30 days to roll back. If OP has to reinstall I would take an image first so you can go back to W10 with the software licenses they don't have. Personally I have not found the key retrieval programs to be very helpful on recent versions of windows so I would have a hard time trusting that route. I would also think the chance the machine could have pirated office and adobe software is rather high.

Personally I would want to blow the OS away anyways and start over for trust and security reason. You have no idea what is running on that machine or what was run on it. The only way to trust it is to start from zero and build it yourself (Reformat)
I can do that. What would I use a win 10 key? What is a good imaging program to use?
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I can do that. What would I use a win 10 key? What is a good imaging program to use?
W10 key should be tied to the bios so you shouldn't have to do anything for most OEM machines as far as I know. I would look at Clonezilla or EaseUS if they support W10.
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I would stick with Win10 - the more you use it, the more you will like it over Win7 (especially Cortana)

To find your product keys should you roll back: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-u...614?auth=1
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