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OK, I have resisted upgrading my older machines from Win 7 to Win 10 because it is such a POS and MS spyware. That being said, since it is out of support come Jan, I figure it is time to start upgrading one at a time. Can someone here who is familiar with the process confirm that the procedure to upgrade an existing machine for free (not a clean install as I want to preserve as much data\apps as possible) is to download the Windows 10 ISO file\Windows media Creation Tool from:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../windows10

and then do an upgrade? Will there be any license activation issues doing such? Do media\file shares\sharing get carried over properly?


Thanks.

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was free before via windows update and also free if you rolled back the time to meet that date requirement, but not sure if it still works. throwing this in there in case it still does

was to upgrade, not reinstall
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Mine says free for life updates to 10. Run Win 10 update program see what it says.
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I upgraded a Windows 7 laptop two weeks ago to 10 without issues. It was a pre-installed os originally. There was no problem with using that as the key using the media creation tool. I wasn't doing save data option because I had to deal with a dead hard drive, so I was doing a fresh install on a new hard drive. Only things you need to pay attention to is when you are creating the ISO are 64-bit or x86 (it defaults to what you are using to create it, but there is an option for having both when you create the iso).
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Yah its much better to do a clean install. I refurb laptops and clean install Win 10; and register using the Win 7 keys. Even with oems I have never failed to authenticate as Genuine.
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Take an image backup and try it? Can't confirm this will work 100% still.
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I believe the only "free" way is to do a clean install and then use your key. Upgrades in place don't work anymore.
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It works fine. I just upgraded 7 systems for a customer last month. Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../windows10 and follow the directions. You don't have to do a clean install (unless you want to), it will upgrade right over Win 7. You'll end up with a validated copy of Windows 10 Pro after the upgrade. You'll have 10 days to do a rollback if you need to. It saves your Win 7 files at C:\Windows.old for this purpose.

As LiquidRetro said, always! DO A BACKUP FIRST. That way, if it decides to barf in the middle of the upgrade, you can easily get back to where you started. So far, all of the systems that I've upgraded have done so without a problem, but it's always better to err on the side of caution. Smilie
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