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Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade. Do I lose my OS?

Ispend2much 507 167 May 8, 2016 at 09:57 AM
My present desktop PC is an i3-2100, 8GB memory. I built it about 4 years ago. I don't game. I have a full retail version of Windows 7, which should be good until 2020.

If I update my PC from win7 to win10 and in a year or two my PC breaks, or I buy new parts (mobo, cpu, memory), do I lose the rights to my OS? Will I at least be able to install Windows 7? Or am I screwed because I chose this "free" upgrade (before MS raises it to $120 in July).

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I am pretty sure the answer is you will lose your OS if it's a "home" edition, not sure about professional/ultimate
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You can downgrade back to windows 7/8
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-u...221?auth=1

If you upgrade to windows 10 and downgrade, you should also preserve your right to reinstall a free copy of windows 10.
http://www.techrepublic.com/artic...reinstall/
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However all newer processors (Skylake has some compatibility on models) will require windows 10. http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/16...rs-skylake
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However all newer processors (Skylake has some compatibility on models) will require windows 10. http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/16...rs-skylake
Well that's one way to prevent companies from clutching old OS versions for dear life.
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Well that's one way to prevent companies from clutching old OS versions for dear life.
There is a list of approved Skylake machines from OEM's that will still run windows 7 until W7 is out of life in 2020. The Dell Optiplex 3040 is one and what I have been buying.
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I just found this article. I guess I will do an update, then a rollback. Thanks MS for making it so difficult.

http://www.howtogeek.com/253901/g...-prep-now/
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Quote from Ispend2much View Post :
I just found this article. I guess I will do an update, then a rollback. Thanks MS for making it so difficult.

http://www.howtogeek.com/253901/g...-prep-now/
Windows 7 is only supported until 2020, Retail licenses are superposed to be tied to one piece of hardware not migrated. You didn't state what you do with your PC but I would think about just upgrading to 10 and leaving it. No need to roll back unless you have a software incompatibility.
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Windows 7 is only supported until 2020, Retail licenses are superposed to be tied to one piece of hardware not migrated. You didn't state what you do with your PC but I would think about just upgrading to 10 and leaving it. No need to roll back unless you have a software incompatibility.
Agree with this. I think you are overthinking the upgrade - just upgrade to Win10 and play with it for a month - if you don't like it you can alway 'roll back to Win 7- LINK [microsoft.com]:

"If it's been less than a month since you upgraded to Windows 10, you can go back to your previous version of Windows by going to Settings > Update & security > Recovery and selecting either Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1. This won't affect your personal files, but it will remove any apps you installed after the upgrade to Windows 10. Learn more.

If it's been more than a month, this option won't be available in Settings and you'll need to use a different recovery option."
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Retail licenses are superposed to be tied to one piece of hardware not migrated.
That's an OEM license. A retail license should be able to be installed on as many computers as you want as long as it's only on one at a time (although in reality Microsoft will limit the number of activations before you have to call in to activate).

Moving a Windows 10 upgrade between computers is still YMMV (we won't know how Microsoft responds until after they start charging). But with a retail license, you should definitely be able to put Windows 7 on a new computer as long as you aren't using that license (either 7 or 10) on another computer.
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...just upgrade to Win10 and play with it for a month - if you don't like it you can alway 'roll back to Win 7-
Be absolutely certain that you make a full image backup before you do the Win 10 upgrade. Many have found out the hard way that the "roll back" often fails and leaves you with a non-operative sytem. Mad
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As long as you haven't made any major hardware changes, you will keep your Windows 10 OS. They register your PC with Windows Update. If you do a fresh install of Windows 10 later, it will still install and activate. Regardless, starting with Windows 10 version 1511, you can install and activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7/8/8.1 key.
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