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How do I reinstall Win 10 after upgrading from Win 7 ????

NobleCrusader 352 55 December 7, 2015 at 04:18 PM
OK, so I bought a new HP Windows 7 PC (thanks, SD!) Smilie

The hard drive came with a Recovery Partition in case Win 7 every needs to be reinstalled. However, I plan on upgrading to the free Windows 10.

So, my question is, what happens if I ever need to reinstall Windows after the upgrade to Win 10?

Does the Win 10 upgrade wipe the Win 7 Recovery Partition? Does it install a Win 10 Recovery Partition?

Basically, what I need to know is, if I ever need to reinstall Win 10, how would I do that? Confused

TIA!

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Quote from NobleCrusader View Post :
OK, so I bought a new HP Windows 7 PC (thanks, SD!) Smilie

The hard drive came with a Recovery Partition in case Win 7 every needs to be reinstalled. However, I plan on upgrading to the free Windows 10.

So, my question is, what happens if I ever need to reinstall Windows after the upgrade to Win 10?

Does the Win 10 upgrade wipe the Win 7 Recovery Partition? Does it install a Win 10 Recovery Partition?

Basically, what I need to know is, if I ever need to reinstall Win 10, how would I do that? Confused

TIA!
You no longer need the 7 partition..once windows 10 activates MS will hold your system info and you will never need a key again. You can reinstall anytime using the media creation tool by MS.
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and you could clone the original drive, install win10 on the clone. Reinstall the original drive and then you could dual boot the computer.

Someone around here would probably think that do that would be unethical, I would ignore that guy if I were you.
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Here is what you MUST do:

Boot up Win 7; upgrade to Win10 - I suggest USB option. This will "convert" your product key to a Win10 - note that there is no going back to Win7 once that's done. Sure you *may* be able to get around it with dual boots and whatnot, but your (now converted) key will not work on a fresh install of Win7.

Here is what I WOULD do:
AFTER you do the above, reformat the whole thing, remove the partitions (including recovery) and install Win10 fresh on the "new" drive.
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
Here is what you MUST do:

Boot up Win 7; upgrade to Win10 - I suggest USB option. This will "convert" your product key to a Win10 - note that there is no going back to Win7 once that's done. Sure you *may* be able to get around it with dual boots and whatnot, but your (now converted) key will not work on a fresh install of Win7.

Here is what I WOULD do:
AFTER you do the above, reformat the whole thing, remove the partitions (including recovery) and install Win10 fresh on the "new" drive.
New downloads of the media creation tool now allow you to use the windows 7/8 key for activation. No need to first install the upgrade as long as you have your win 7 key.

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Someone around here would probably think that do that would be unethical, I would ignore that guy if I were you.[/QUOTE]
It is unethical. Do as you please. There is no reason to keep win7 as a dual boot, that is just silly.
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