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New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?

Question: New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?

I'm sorry to create a new thread. This topic has been addressed in other threads, but it's hard to make heads or tails "IF" I should, or "IF" I can even do this. Driver compatibility, software, et.

In a nutshell, I want to take a computer with Windows 10 factory install, and install Windows 7.

Again, I know there's tons of variables, but here's the crux:

I can't build a custom machine b/c I want to take advantage of 0% financing from a particular retailer.

I want to buy one of the better Desktop machines I can afford ($700+/- from a National retailer)... (fastest processor I can afford (prob. Intel), most RAM I can afford, most Hard Drive Space I can afford, et.). All of their machines have Windows 10 factory installed of course (a few have win8 -but they aren't as fast, less memory, et).

I've had a new Windows 10 machine for about a week now. I just don't like Windows 10. I've spent far too much time tweaking settings, adding icons, figuring out privacy settings, trying to make Win10 compatible w/ 3rd party programs... on and on. I see its upside, but it's not for me -I guess I'm old school and "know what I like".

**So, given the above scenario... can I take a Clean Windows 7 Install, w/ product Key, install Win 7 and revert a NEW Win 10 machine back to Windows 7? **

I've read so many conflicting data points I figured I'd just ask the question in a new thread. I'm "returning" my current "new" Desktop this week (b/c the Processor isn't what I'd hoped). I figure when I return this new machine I can try an install of Win7 on my new replacement.

I thank anyone in advance for their feedback! THANK YOU! (again, sorry to create a new thread!)

Cornelius

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I'm sorry to create a new thread. This topic has been addressed in other threads, but it's hard to make heads or tails "IF" I should, or "IF" I can even do this. Driver compatibility, software, et.

In a nutshell, I want to take a computer with Windows 10 factory install, and install Windows 7.

Again, I know there's tons of variables, but here's the crux:

I can't build a custom machine b/c I want to take advantage of 0% financing from a particular retailer.

I want to buy one of the better Desktop machines I can afford ($700+/- from a National retailer)... (fastest processor I can afford (prob. Intel), most RAM I can afford, most Hard Drive Space I can afford, et.). All of their machines have Windows 10 factory installed of course (a few have win8 -but they aren't as fast, less memory, et).

I've had a new Windows 10 machine for about a week now. I just don't like Windows 10. I've spent far too much time tweaking settings, adding icons, figuring out privacy settings, trying to make Win10 compatible w/ 3rd party programs... on and on. I see its upside, but it's not for me -I guess I'm old school and "know what I like".

**So, given the above scenario... can I take a Clean Windows 7 Install, w/ product Key, install Win 7 and revert a NEW Win 10 machine back to Windows 7? **

I've read so many conflicting data points I figured I'd just ask the question in a new thread. I'm "returning" my current "ne... Read more

Answer:New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?

So long as the hardware in the computer has support for Windows 7, you shouldn't have any problem installing Windows 7.

This use of the word "revert" is incorrect here. You won't be "reverting", you'll be "downgrading".
If the computer uses UEFI, you'll need to ensure that your Windows 7 install media was created relatively recently, or create your own.\

You'll want to completely wipe the hard drive of all partitions when you go to install windows 7 as windows 7 doesn't use the same recovery partition configuration as Windows 10, and you'll likely not want to waste that space.

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I'm sorry to create a new thread. This topic has been addressed in other threads, but it's hard to make heads or tails "IF" I should, or "IF" I can even do this. Driver compatibility, software, et.

In a nutshell, I want to take a computer with Windows 10 factory install, and install Windows 7.

Again, I know there's tons of variables, but here's the crux:

I can't build a custom machine b/c I want to take advantage of 0% financing from a particular retailer.

I want to buy one of the better Desktop machines I can afford ($700+/- from a National retailer)... (fastest processor I can afford (prob. Intel), most RAM I can afford, most Hard Drive Space I can afford, et.). All of their machines have Windows 10 factory installed of course (a few have win8 -but they aren't as fast, less memory, et).

I've had a new Windows 10 machine for about a week now. I just don't like Windows 10. I've spent far too much time tweaking settings, adding icons, figuring out privacy settings, trying to make Win10 compatible w/ 3rd party programs... on and on. I see its upside, but it's not for me -I guess I'm old school and "know what I like".

**So, given the above scenario... can I take a Clean Windows 7 Install, w/ product Key, install Win 7 and revert a NEW Win 10 machine back to Windows 7? **

I've read so many conflicting data points I figured I'd just ask the question in a new thread. I'm "returning" my current "ne... Read more

Answer:New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?

So long as the hardware in the computer has support for Windows 7, you shouldn't have any problem installing Windows 7.

This use of the word "revert" is incorrect here. You won't be "reverting", you'll be "downgrading".
If the computer uses UEFI, you'll need to ensure that your Windows 7 install media was created relatively recently, or create your own.\

You'll want to completely wipe the hard drive of all partitions when you go to install windows 7 as windows 7 doesn't use the same recovery partition configuration as Windows 10, and you'll likely not want to waste that space.

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I messed up! I and I alone decided to download Win10 on our family laptop and my family hates it. We are not the most tech advanced family, we don't have one account for every individual its only the administrator account,. I managed to figured out how to revert back to Win7 but it says that the files have been deleted. I went online to find a solution but we are very confused. Microsoft has a site to download win7 if you have the product key which we do but because our computer came preinstalled with Win7 64 bit home premium by the manufacture Toshiba inc. we have to contact them. But aren't most computers preinstalled with some operating system? Well Toshiba wants to sell us a disk for over $100 i forget the price. Does anyone have a solution to this problem I have to pay the $100 out of my own pocket for not asking permission first.

Answer:How to revert to win7 after downloading win10?

I'd make a backup of your current windows 10 state, just in case, and try installing from the download.
You'll need to find some drivers for your components, but it shouldn't be hard with google, and if it doesn't work then restore to windows 10 from the backup and then you'd need to buy the disc from Toshiba unless you still have your original recovery disk which should have came with the laptop.

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I had to assist a customer of mine today who had allowed his Win7 system to upgrade to Win10
The PC was suffering frequent total lockups with no obvious cause - other than the upgrade.
There were no event log clues or crash dumps - so hunt the bug or downgrade back to Win7 ??
 
I downgraded him back to Win7 and used GRC Never10 to keep him there.
Fixed a few corrupted applications and all was well
 
Except for one thing - the Task Scheduler had masses of corrupted task error messages
Apparently the revert from Win10 back to Win7 is known to cause this problem
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/80e4f83d-1529-4405-b8e3-d1d636f8b71c
 
I found a special utility that repairs the Win7 Task Scheduler Library
https://repairtasks.codeplex.com/
The reviews look really good - might be worth a look if you encounter this issue 
 
Doug Collins - Computer Support Engineer - London UK

Answer:Task Scheduler trashed after you revert to Win7 from Win10

Hi DougCuk,
 
Yes,I've used it and it certainly does what it says on the tin.
 
As a side note my machine was faster before the repair so had to go into task scheduler to stop/disable some tasks
 
But other than that a beautifully written utility.
 
Hedge     

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

Answer:Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?

The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums

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I am in W7 because I became stuck after an unsuccessful restore from image. I know the error code, but I am unsure of why it failed. I am trying to get back to W10 and my head is exploding - as it is day 5.

External HD works, but I can't find my backups (pst file from 6/17). That is one path to recovery through a recovery of files.
As I can't find my Outlook data, I cannot figure out my next step. After I had an image recovery failure on Tuesday, I cannot locate that image in my computer or on my external HD. I can't see it - hidden or un-hidden. Where is the WindowsBackupImage from my C drive? When I open Backup & Restore, it shows 0 files and 90GB of a system image.
When I woke up, my goal was to recover using Restore from Image via .vhd file.

Because I cannot visually eyeball any of the data that should be in multiple folders/files, I am upset.
Backups are always sent to HD. Backups done daily and images weekly. Without having had a HD failure, I should have data backups between 6/2 and 6/17. Images from 6/17, 6/10, and 6/3 unless the earlier were overwritten.
I had a lot of room on HD...

Seagate thinks MS did something with W10 updates. He is sure my data is somewhere. So am I. How could it be corrupted, yet leave an image along with photos, texts, docs, Word, PDF, .pst files?

MS online support not knowledgeable enough with Seagate's hunch. If computer became corrupted, it was between installing 3 clean W10 OS and then resorting to a ... Read more

Answer:In between Win10 and Factory Default Win7

UPDATE TO POST.

I just found the backup image in HD, but Recovery Mode in Win7 won't find it - that I know with certainty as I tried it with a tech on the phone. How do I get this backup image to Win 7 using Advanced Tools?

Thank you.

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I am in W7 because I became stuck after an unsuccessful restore from image. I know the error code, but I am unsure of why it failed. I am trying to get back to W10 and my head is exploding - as it is day 5.

External HD works, but I can't find my backups (pst file from 6/17). That is one path to recovery through a recovery of files.
As I can't find my Outlook data, I cannot figure out my next step. After I had an image recovery failure on Tuesday, I cannot locate that image in my computer or on my external HD. I can't see it - hidden or un-hidden. Where is the WindowsBackupImage from my C drive? When I open Backup & Restore, it shows 0 files and 90GB of a system image.
When I woke up, my goal was to recover using Restore from Image via .vhd file.

Because I cannot visually eyeball any of the data that should be in multiple folders/files, I am upset.
Backups are always sent to HD. Backups done daily and images weekly. Without having had a HD failure, I should have data backups between 6/2 and 6/17. Images from 6/17, 6/10, and 6/3 unless the earlier were overwritten.
I had a lot of room on HD...

Seagate thinks MS did something with W10 updates. He is sure my data is somewhere. So am I. How could it be corrupted, yet leave an image along with photos, texts, docs, Word, PDF, .pst files?

MS online support not knowledgeable enough with Seagate's hunch. If computer became corrupted, it was between installing 3 clean W10 OS and then resorting to a ... Read more

Answer:In between Win10 and Factory Default Win7

UPDATE TO POST.

I just found the backup image in HD, but Recovery Mode in Win7 won't find it - that I know with certainty as I tried it with a tech on the phone. How do I get this backup image to Win 7 using Advanced Tools?

Thank you.

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Over a year ago i have changed to windows 10 (not aware that my laptop is not suitable for this)
It worked fine untill Microsoft started the Windows10 anniversary upgrade 1607.
each time this will result in unbootable system and in need of external recovery to window 10 version 1511.
blocking updates is not simple in Windows10.
I would like to revert to window 7.
The harddisk is error free and there are 4 partitons available:
Partition 1: System 399MB
Cannot use this to parttion install official windows7 from microsoft
Partition 2: Windows 232MB Primair
Partition 3: 786MB OEM reseverd
Partition 4: Data 232MB Primair

pressing 0 at startup does not reset to the original sw

Help appreciated,

greetings

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After upgrading to Windows 10 I want to go back but after the 30 days are up, unable to do so from Windows 10 directly. Any insight on how to restore the factory image on a 1st generation x1 Carbon (X1C 2013)?  (type 3460 & type 3448) The original factory SSD drive (windows 7) is installed with the restore partition - any attempts to get it do somehting useful have failed . A discussion with Lenovo support ended with an offer to ship a DVD- no word on where to put a DVD in a X1C...I guess they expect me to purchase an external DVD drive...unclear if that work 

Answer:X1 Carbon 1st gen - restore factory image (trying to go back to Win7 from win10 - after 30 day perio

Good day.
 
There are a number of reports that upgrading to Win10 renders the on-disk recovery system non-functional.
 
In order to use recovery DVDs as offered by Support would require the use of an external USB drive. I've used this method on a number of my ThinkPads that don't have an in-built optical drive. Always successfully resulting in a factory OOB state.
 
Regards.

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I have been having so many problems with the Windows 10 installation I'm thinking about going back to Win7 until MS works out all the bugs in Win10.

My PC came with 8.1 and updated to Win 10. Win10 was fine until the last major update when everything went h--- in a hand-basket. Update reset everything to defaults, installed apps I'd uninstalled.

Question: Can I remove the HD with win10 and put it on the shelf until MS gets it running. I want to install a bare HD and install a valid genuine Windows 7 OS on the bare drive. Is there anything I need to know before I give this a try? I know I'll have to reinstall all programs and all missing win7 updates...

Will I be able to install the Win 10 HD at a later date, install updates and be back up and running under Window 10 user accounts?

Answer:Install Win7 to replace OEM win8.1 w/Win10 install

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Since you're talking about a separate win-7 installation on the machine your plan is sound and exactly how you should do it

You might in your bios have to disable fast start and possibly secure boot but otherwise you shouldn't have any problems installing win-7 fresh
You might have to gather drivers if this is a laptop but a desktop would have no issues windows updates will provide most
If you review device manager and see if any unknown device listings are there just post about them same goes for installation of win-7 issues.

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As the title says. I have tried all the tools provided by windows which pass, no errors in the logs. I have also tried to manually install Sp1. The 2 things I have not tried yet are uninstalling all the updates ever installed or a fresh install of Win7 which seems ridiculous so I can then do a fresh install of Win10.
Any ways around the prerequisite of SP1? This is a legit copy of windows.

Answer:Wish i could install Win10 but unable to get Win7 Sp1 update to install.

No there isn't. Sounds like your current Windows installation isn't in a great state. Have you got plenty of free space?

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I have Win7 Pro installed. Like everyone else I have been getting prompts to upgrade to Win10. But now, having downloaded (but not installed) some security updates, it asks me to Get Started with Win10 upgrade. There is an option to click "Show all updates". This shows a list of security updates which I have to select individually. When I press OK, it takes me back to the screen which indicates that when I press Get Started, it is going to upgrade to Win10. I don't want to do this so does this mean I can no longer install Win7 security updates?

Answer:Win7 Updates without Win10 install

The Win 10 upgrade should show up in your list of security updates. To prevent it from showing again and being installed you should right click on it and then click on Hide this Update. You can then continue with the rest of the Win 7 updates.

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I have a brand new oem win7 that has never been installed (bought from newegg).

Can i install win10 from usb and use the win7 key without ever installing win7?

Or do I have to install win7, upgrade to 10 and then do a clean win10 install?
 

Answer:Can I install win10 clean using my win7 key?

Yes, you can install Windows 10 with your 7 key these days. Just create a Windows 10 USB using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and you're good to go.
 

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Hello,

I haven't installed Win 10 since it was introduced and from reading and hearing from others who have done it, it seems that there are still some issues that people are facing with this new OS, and I currently only want to install Win 10 so my laptop gets registered at Microsoft.

I am wondering whether it is possible to install Win 10 along with the existing Win 7 on my laptop, can Win 10 be for first time installed without removing the existing one? I have already seen your tutorial on dual installation, but my concern is will the license be registered?

I searched both Google and at your site but didn't found the answer I was looking for, I apologize if It has already been answered.

Answer:Possible to install Win10 along with Win7 for first time?

Hi.... Welcome to Ten Forum .... What you're asking can't be done without first upgrading to 10. What I would do if I were you I would get a usb external hard drive. I would copy and paste everything you need from your laptop onto the external hard drive, once that is done I would do a Factory Restore of your laptop back to the way it was when you first got it. Afterwards, I would re load all the software and data back again onto the laptop, get all the windows updates. And remove all the garbages that the manufacturer put on your laptop that you don't need . So afterwards you have your self a CLEAN system . Once everything is loaded back again, I would download Macrium Reflect free version ( link below for it ) ... And make a full back up image of your laptop ( The whole drive must be selected ) Once that is done I would upgrade to windows 10. Once its been upgraded check to be sure its activated. Once windows 10 is activated you can either stay with windows 10 or go back to Windows 7. If you go back to 7 you can always go back to 10 whenever you want now, as long as the life of the laptop lives. Personally, I would stay with 10 and afterwards I would reformat the hard drive and do a clean installation of windows 10 . If you decide to do a clean install just make sure you still have your data stuff from your external usb hard drive intact to reload . Remember you can always go back to 7 with the back up image. I would even try to load the backup image un... Read more

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Hello,

I haven't installed Win 10 since it was introduced and from reading and hearing from others who have done it, it seems that there are still some issues that people are facing with this new OS, and I currently only want to install Win 10 so my laptop gets registered at Microsoft.

I am wondering whether it is possible to install Win 10 along with the existing Win 7 on my laptop, can Win 10 be for first time installed without removing the existing one? I have already seen your tutorial on dual installation, but my concern is will the license be registered?

I searched both Google and at your site but didn't found the answer I was looking for, I apologize if It has already been answered.

Answer:Possible to install Win10 along with Win7 for first time?

Hi.... Welcome to Ten Forum .... What you're asking can't be done without first upgrading to 10. What I would do if I were you I would get a usb external hard drive. I would copy and paste everything you need from your laptop onto the external hard drive, once that is done I would do a Factory Restore of your laptop back to the way it was when you first got it. Afterwards, I would re load all the software and data back again onto the laptop, get all the windows updates. And remove all the garbages that the manufacturer put on your laptop that you don't need . So afterwards you have your self a CLEAN system . Once everything is loaded back again, I would download Macrium Reflect free version ( link below for it ) ... And make a full back up image of your laptop ( The whole drive must be selected ) Once that is done I would upgrade to windows 10. Once its been upgraded check to be sure its activated. Once windows 10 is activated you can either stay with windows 10 or go back to Windows 7. If you go back to 7 you can always go back to 10 whenever you want now, as long as the life of the laptop lives. Personally, I would stay with 10 and afterwards I would reformat the hard drive and do a clean installation of windows 10 . If you decide to do a clean install just make sure you still have your data stuff from your external usb hard drive intact to reload . Remember you can always go back to 7 with the back up image. I would even try to load the backup image un... Read more

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I did a dual install with win10 and win7 - after installation of win10 went and ran win7 and nearly all my executable icons had a security shield on them. I wanted to keep my win7 install with all my stuff on - just me.
Why did win10 do this and how do I remove them?
Have googled for 3 or 4 days now and some say this and some say that but nothing that but nothing appears to work - just don' like them.
UAC as been on and off dozens of times - no luck and reboots evermore etc.
They are on separate disks so win10 had no right to touch my win7 of 5yrs old.
It seems ok but one never knows I just want rid.
All the best
Denis B

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Win7 has not updated in months, not since I downloaded the free Win10, but never let it install. I would like to update Win7, but each time I try, it tries to install Win10. It lists about 97 updates I need but it always starts with downloading Win10. I don't want to install Win10 at this time. Is there a way to update Win7 without installing Win10?

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So as I understood it, as of last fall, Windows 10 was supposed to accept Win 7/8 keys for clean installs.

I was upgrading a family member's laptop - put in a new SSD, did a new install with win10 USB media, but activation wouldn't validate the OEM 7 key. Called Microsoft, they said I had to run the in-place upgrade from 7 to validate the license with MS. Which I thought was the thing they said we don't need to do anymore...?

So I did the 10 update on the old drive, put the SSD back in, did a clean install, all validated fine.

Was this an OEM key issue, or can you still not actually do a "clean" Win10 install with a 7/8 key?
How exactly was the fall update supposed to change the process?
 

Answer:Win10 clean install with Win7 OEM key not working

You should be able to use a Windows 7/8.x key with a clean install using version 1511 or greater. I've done it and it's worked for me.
 

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I have a Dell workstation (xeon mpu) with dual 1 TB HDDs... Win 7 pro is installed on one drive, and the other is blank, newly formated...
I want to be able to boot off either drive... the win 7 HDD, or off the Win 10 HDD. I realize I may have to deal with BIOS boot sequence for now, and later change both drives to Win 10 pro...

When I boot from DVD with Win 10 Pro OEM version, It cannot find either drive... the box is blank... it will see external USB HDDs, but not my SAS drives...

What am I missing?

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I'm planning to install Windows 7 and Windows 10 dual-boot on my laptop. I have deleted all partition and now my HDD is all unallocated. Now I wonder which OS should I install first. As you know, System reserved of Windows 10 is about 300MB and Windows 7 is just 100 MB, so I don't know how Win 10 uses that partition if I install Win 7 first. I also see on tenforums the thread about Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7, with Win 7 first. So which is better, Win 10 first or Win 7 first?I also post this thread on sevenforums Which OS should I install first dual boot Win10/Win7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
sorry if it's duplicated, just want to get more advice.

Answer:Which OS should I install first dual boot Win10/Win7

ntd252 said:

I'm planning to install Windows 7 and Windows 10 dual-boot on my laptop. I have deleted all partition and now my HDD is all unallocated. Now I wonder which OS should I install first. As you know, System reserved of Windows 10 is about 300MB and Windows 7 is just 100 MB, so I don't know how Win 10 uses that partition if I install Win 7 first. I also see on tenforums the thread about Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7, with Win 7 first. So which is better, Win 10 first or Win 7 first?I also post this thread on sevenforums Which OS should I install first dual boot Win10/Win7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
sorry if it's duplicated, just want to get more advice.



Hi there. I started dual booting when on 7 then loaded 8 previews, which went well. Then onto 8.1 duel booting with 10 Insider previews that also went well.

I think the first thing to consider and ask is it a UEFI system?

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HP Laptop (2005 ish) had vista installed, I slapped win 7 pro 64 on it (forget if upgrade or fresh)
Then I tried win 10 on it.
- IT INSTALLED REALLY QUICK AND EASY-

So then I flattened the drive put win 7 back on and windows update caused me problems. Also the Blue tooth driver wouldnt work. hmmph

tried to win10 upgrade it again online.

2x attempts... hangs at 99% on the install portion. (left it going overnight)

Can't figure out whats the issue. Guess I'll try a fresh install from a iso or something.

This laptop is my 'tv server/storage' HP DV6 pavillion (1134)

1. I know it can work...
2. I know it doesnt work....

I know it must be me...

Stay tuned... I have caddies ssd's and 2 laptops and a desktop. hehe and a usb key from toshiba with a win 10 full factory reinstall ...for a toshiba not a HP...lol

might load a driver for my bong compiler. :

Answer:Win7-Win10 upgrade - install hangs at 99%

I find Win10 buggy and takes up a lot of disk space on my 32 gbs.capacity Acer One 10 laptop.

Always updating whenver I try to close or reboot my laptop.

I would stick with Windows 7 and not upgrade it.
It more reliable and easier to use.

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HiWhats the best procedure to reinstall Win10, if you took the free upgrade from Win7? i'm now on the Win10 Creators edition, but changing everything over this weekend, new mobo, gpu ........ and so on. What's the procedure seeing that this is completely new hardware... Where's the best place to get the ISO ? also what happens when it asks me to enter in a serial key? Just skip and login using my microsoft account that knows i have an lic associated to my Microsoft sign-on ?Thanks

Answer:Win10 Upgraded from Win7 - new build need to re-install O/S

The free digital license that you got for W10 on the old motherboard is not transferable so it will not be possible to use your Microsoft account and hope that it will automatically activate.

The official route is to buy a new W10 OS, however, there are reports that the free upgrade from W7 and W8 is still working so you might want to give that a try.

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I deleted the win7.old folder is there another way to install win7 by removing win10 and still keep the files, since it's saying it will completely delete win10 and files and folders but I want to keep the files I have there

Answer:How to install win7 over win10 without files getting deleted

Install Macrium Reflect Free and make an image of what you have now to an external hard drive. After you erase the hard drive and re-install Windows 7, you can install Macrium Reflect Free again, mount the image file you saved, and retrieve you documents and other data from it.

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Upgraded WIN7 to WIN10:will a Reformat return WIN7 or WIN10?

I am still not sure if i like WIN10.
 

Answer:Upgraded WIN7 to WIN10:will a Reformat return WIN7 or WIN10?

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I'm going to replace the motherboard on my home-built computer. My computer is currently running Win10 x64 upgraded during the free "upgrade to Win10" period.

I know I can download the Win10 ISO (USB version) to do the install.
What will I need to "activate" Win10 once the new MB is installed?

Should I install and activate Win7 first, then upgrade to Win10?
Or
Do I just need my old Win7 product registration code?

If so, do I need the "specific activation code" I used on this computer for the original Win7 install for this computer? I have four computers upgraded to Win10 (during the free upgrade period), so somewhere are four Win7 product/activation codes in my office.

Answer:Replacing MB, what do I need to install Win10 (my previous Win7 disk)?

You will need to buy an new copy as it's a new system so it won't activate you could try an install and ring Ms see if they will do it but being a new job it's not likely

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I've received conflicting info on this point, so I thought I would ask the experts here:
Will the Windows 10 "free" upgrade follow any redirects I have added to my Win7 Home Premium installation?

When I installed Win7 on my 250GB SSD, I used an XML script to relocate the Profiles Directory and Program Data folders from my SSD to my hard drive. This saved space on the SSD and simplified future program installs, since they followed these redirections. However, I am concerned that the Win10 upgrade may not do so. Thoughts?

On a related note, I also use OneDrive for multiple users -- a different login for each Windows user account. I understand that Win10 is tightly integrated with OneDrive, but is limited to accessing one login.
Must I use just a single OneDrive login across the entire machine (i.e., all Windows user accounts)? Or does each account get to login to its own storage on OneDrive?

Thanks, in advance, for any enlightenment.

Answer:Will Win10 upgrade install follow Win7 redirects?

Originally Posted by RiverCityTen


I've received conflicting info on this point, so I thought I would ask the experts here:
Will the Windows 10 "free" upgrade follow any redirects I have added to my Win7 Home Premium installation?

When I installed Win7 on my 250GB SSD, I used an XML script to relocate the Profiles Directory and Program Data folders from my SSD to my hard drive. This saved space on the SSD and simplified future program installs, since they followed these redirections. However, I am concerned that the Win10 upgrade may not do so. Thoughts?

On a related note, I also use OneDrive for multiple users -- a different login for each Windows user account. I understand that Win10 is tightly integrated with OneDrive, but is limited to accessing one login.
Must I use just a single OneDrive login across the entire machine (i.e., all Windows user accounts)? Or does each account get to login to its own storage on OneDrive?

Thanks, in advance, for any enlightenment.



Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

I have sometimes seen in the past, problems with relocated user directories. You can try the upgrade, and if it fails, set the pointers back to default (you don't have to actually move the data).

Each user account can have an MS login. Or, you can have local accounts, and only sign into MS apps as required. That's what I do.

Since you have a W7 machine, you might want to read this post:

Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Page 16 - Windo... Read more

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I'm going to replace the motherboard on my home-built computer. My computer is currently running Win10 x64 upgraded during the free "upgrade to Win10" period.

I know I can download the Win10 ISO (USB version) to do the install.
What will I need to "activate" Win10 once the new MB is installed?

Should I install and activate Win7 first, then upgrade to Win10?
Or
Do I just need my old Win7 product registration code?

If so, do I need the "specific activation code" I used on this computer for the original Win7 install for this computer? I have four computers upgraded to Win10 (during the free upgrade period), so somewhere are four Win7 product/activation codes in my office.

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I've received conflicting info on this point, so I thought I would ask the experts here:
Will the Windows 10 "free" upgrade follow any redirects I have added to my Win7 Home Premium installation?

When I installed Win7 on my 250GB SSD, I used an XML script to relocate the Profiles Directory and Program Data folders from my SSD to my hard drive. This saved space on the SSD and simplified future program installs, since they followed these redirections. However, I am concerned that the Win10 upgrade may not do so. Thoughts?

On a related note, I also use OneDrive for multiple users -- a different login for each Windows user account. I understand that Win10 is tightly integrated with OneDrive, but is limited to accessing one login.
Must I use just a single OneDrive login across the entire machine (i.e., all Windows user accounts)? Or does each account get to login to its own storage on OneDrive?

Thanks, in advance, for any enlightenment.

Answer:Will Win10 upgrade install follow Win7 redirects?

RiverCityTen said:

I've received conflicting info on this point, so I thought I would ask the experts here:
Will the Windows 10 "free" upgrade follow any redirects I have added to my Win7 Home Premium installation?

When I installed Win7 on my 250GB SSD, I used an XML script to relocate the Profiles Directory and Program Data folders from my SSD to my hard drive. This saved space on the SSD and simplified future program installs, since they followed these redirections. However, I am concerned that the Win10 upgrade may not do so. Thoughts?

On a related note, I also use OneDrive for multiple users -- a different login for each Windows user account. I understand that Win10 is tightly integrated with OneDrive, but is limited to accessing one login.
Must I use just a single OneDrive login across the entire machine (i.e., all Windows user accounts)? Or does each account get to login to its own storage on OneDrive?

Thanks, in advance, for any enlightenment.



Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

I have sometimes seen in the past, problems with relocated user directories. You can try the upgrade, and if it fails, set the pointers back to default (you don't have to actually move the data).

Each user account can have an MS login. Or, you can have local accounts, and only sign into MS apps as required. That's what I do.

Since you have a W7 machine, you might want to read this post:

Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Page 16 - Windows 10 Forums

Good lu... Read more

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I am considering upgrading my 18 month old Samsung RC710 Windows 7 laptop with 4 GB memory to Windows 8. The laptop has Acronis True image installed with regular images being created.
I have created a fresh Acronis image of ‘C’ as well as a Windows 7 image and also created a Repair Windows 64bit DVD. Both in the event of failed Win8 installation or a desire to revert back to Windows 7.
I welcome any thoughts on my reasoning?
My understanding that the current £24.99 offer of upgrade to Windows 8 does not include the ability for a DVD function or am I not reading this correctly? Also what are the implications of this?
What are the possible pitfalls in the upgrade as I wish to be prepared?

Answer:Upgrade from Win7 to Win8 and revert back to Win7 problems if any

Jock1e.
Had seen your posts and was one of the reasons for my posting this.

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Hi.
I just did a fresh install of Win7 Ultimate SP1 on my PC, since the previous install was all crooked and had problems with viruses.
Now, I would like to keep Win7 just as a temporary tool, since all I want to get is the Win10 Upgrade tool and get the new release.
Since I don't want to install all 230+ Updates before getting the Upgrader (GWX), I'd like to ask which updates I mandatorily have to install in order to get the Upgrader. Microsoft's page regarding the update (KB3035583) does not tell me that I need some updates beforehand.

Any Ideas?

Answer:Which updates to install on fresh Win7 to get Win10 Upgrade tool?

You still need at least all the Security updates
See this thread for the listing of ones related to the Win 10 upgrade offer
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...ows-7-8-a.html

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After searching through multiple threads I am seeing assistance at all levels on what to do when errors and BSODs occur during or after installing Win10. This is relative to ISO or upgrades, all inclusive. As I have NOT installed Win10 on any of our systems yet, I am seeking advise as well as narrowing down the main points of "preparing to upgrade," not necessarily troubleshooting a problem after the fact.

To-Do List (Prior to Download or Install of Win10)

1. Return your Over-Clocked system to it's base specs. (Memory, CPU, and Video)
2. Uninstall dedicated video drivers/software suites and return to On-Board VGA, single-monitor state (if available)
3. Leave all Home/WorkGroups, Remove shared services/drives, remove USB devices not needed (Flash, Cameras, HUBs, Printers, etc)
4. Move your system to your LAN via Cat5e+ cable (turn off laptop Wi-Fi)
5. Uninstall 3rd party Anti-virus software suites
6. Good Option: Backup your current OS/system to prevent bad roll-backs. 7. Reboot your system one last time to verify stability and confirm all residual uninstalls
8. Shutdown all other systems on your given network after steps 1-5 have been completed for all relevant systems
9. Work each system upgrades one-at-a-time, prior to creating your new WorkGroup/HomeGroup (this is more specific to network managed services and shared devices in an office environment. Not specific to home users.)

To-Do List (After Install)

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Answer:Win7 to Win10 Tips & Tricks (Install Prep Guide)

If I had to do all that prep work to have a successful upgrade you can bet I would never consider upgrading!

I'm sure most users would feel the same.

The thing you missed that's probably most important in my mind is to do a backup before starting the upgrade.

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Hi I followed the sysprep tutorial and managed to download a windows 10 pro image before microsoft changed the link back to the image creation tool so I would have an install.wim file as apposed to the install.esd which normally comes with the image tool.

I upgraded the PC from Win7 Pro to Windows 10 using the get windows 10 free upgrade I logged in and checked the activation - Win10 Pro activated with digital entitlement all good.

I then followed the tutorial to sysprep a new image via hyper-v installed all the software I wanted removed most of the windows apps etc.

I rebooted after setting up the answer file everything was fine it restarted in sysprep mode I clicked ok to the sysprep rebooted and created a user Admin, I created a new normal user changed the user policies set the startmenu and exported the xml file used policy edit to set same for all users everything was as it should be I used a tool to create the default user based on the one I had just setup.

to test everything I added another user but had to do this via the admin tools computer management as the add user in control panel would not load. The new user had all the same settings everything worked just fine so I deleted the two normal user accounts and created an image ready to deploy.

I loaded relect and deleted the PC's current partitions and then loaded the image I had created the system restarted I logged in as admin wentto check activation and it said it had failed and the PC did not have a digital ... Read more

Answer:Upgraded PC win7 to win10 tried to install image activation not valid?

First, are you using build 10586 of Windows 10? Second, did you try changing the product key to your Windows 7 product key on the activation screen under Settings, Updates & Security?

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Hi I followed the sysprep tutorial and managed to download a windows 10 pro image before microsoft changed the link back to the image creation tool so I would have an install.wim file as apposed to the install.esd which normally comes with the image tool.

I upgraded the PC from Win7 Pro to Windows 10 using the get windows 10 free upgrade I logged in and checked the activation - Win10 Pro activated with digital entitlement all good.

I then followed the tutorial to sysprep a new image via hyper-v installed all the software I wanted removed most of the windows apps etc.

I rebooted after setting up the answer file everything was fine it restarted in sysprep mode I clicked ok to the sysprep rebooted and created a user Admin, I created a new normal user changed the user policies set the startmenu and exported the xml file used policy edit to set same for all users everything was as it should be I used a tool to create the default user based on the one I had just setup.

to test everything I added another user but had to do this via the admin tools computer management as the add user in control panel would not load. The new user had all the same settings everything worked just fine so I deleted the two normal user accounts and created an image ready to deploy.

I loaded relect and deleted the PC's current partitions and then loaded the image I had created the system restarted I logged in as admin wentto check activation and it said it had failed and the PC did not have a digital ... Read more

Answer:Upgraded PC win7 to win10 tried to install image activation not valid?

First, are you using build 10586 of Windows 10? Second, did you try changing the product key to your Windows 7 product key on the activation screen under Settings, Updates & Security?

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Hey HardForum,

I'm still running my rig from early 2011 (see sig) and had planned on upgrading near the end of 2016. I admit I haven't given much thought to which version of Windows to run, except that I had no intention of running Windows 8.

But I heard that Kaby Lake motherboards might somehow... not allow Windows 7 to run? Is that accurate?

And honestly I'm a little concerned with running Windows 10 in terms of it being compatible. I've still got one or two programs that I have to run on Windows XP on my old machine. I see reviews of games on Steam that express excitement at which games run well on Windows 10.

So, in short... in terms of older software and games, how much of a headache would I get from Windows 10 instead of Windows 7? The software I can run on old laptops, but if I build a new rig which would be used perhaps 50% for gaming, I don't want to suddenly cut down the library of games I can run by half by picking Windows10 instead of Windows7.

Cheers
 

Answer:New Computer - Win7 or Win10?

I haven't heard that it won't actually allow Windows 7 to run. It's just that they're not going to continue pushing microcode updates and supporting new processor features on older versions of Windows. They also won't provide tech support if you can't get it to work, etc. People have blown Microsoft's statement on the matter out of proportion... I mean, it's not like they're still updating MS-DOS or older versions of Windows, but they still work on new computers (albeit in a limited way due to lack of available drivers). There's a possibility that you wouldn't be able to use some newer motherboard features, but that's about it.

That said, I would actually go with Windows 10 for gaming because it's going to support DirectX12, and you're probably going to start seeing games take advantage of it by December. It won't be backported to older versions of Windows. That's really your biggest limitation right there.

I've been able to get every game that worked on Windows 7 to work on Windows 10 with enough tweaking and playing with compatibility settings. There are a few that won't run on anything past XP, but that's generally because they don't play nice with the WOW64 subsystem (and even these usually work on 32-bit versions of 7 and 10). I mean, maybe I've been really lucky, but I haven't encountered a lot of games that just won't work at all on Windows 10 that did ... Read more

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HI,

I just want to know if I can still bring back the factory setting of my notebook after I clean install a win7. Will I be able to bring it back to vista? If not, I also happen to have a backup dvds for vista because the tech guy from where I bought the notebook told me to do so. Thanks

Answer:Restore Factory Settings after Clean Install for Win7

If you have the space, why not dual boot with Vista??

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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In a few days I will receive a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon with Win8 installed. And separately I will receive an OEM Win7. Win7 is certainly what I intend to use, and I had originally thought I would wipe out Win8 and install Win7. But now I am wondering if I can somehow preserve Win8 for occasional use. (I would have ordered the machine with Win7 but this is a refurbished machine.)

Is there guidance on this anywhere? Some of the threads I've found seem to be particular to specific manufacturers. And some get into some very low level stuff. I would rather not have to understand UEFI. (I'm sure it would be interesting, I just have other things to do with my time.) And, although I do it sometimes, and will if I have to, I do not like diddling with BIOS settings.

I know that factory installed operating systems generally can't be moved to other machines. And I fear that the factory installed Win8 that I will receive may not even tolerate being installed, e.g., in a smaller partition or under something like VMware (another complication I'd like to avoid).

I'll be looking into VMware because I know it's a very flexible solution. But in this situation I value simplicity over flexibility.

Thanks, Bob

Answer:How to Install Win7 Along Side Factory Installed Win8?

Hi Bob, Well come to the forum, this tutorial will help you:Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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I looked in the search engine to see if this topic had been covered but didn't find anything. And, to be honest, I don't know if I should be here in the Win10section or the 8.1 area.

Anyway, I upgraded to Win10 some time ago and there's just too many problems with it, so I want to go back to 8.1 How do I do that, please and thank you?

You'll find all the info about my PCs to the left at My System.....

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Can I install Win10 over a non-booting, but legal copy of Win7, to retain the registered programs installed?
The disk does not boot, but the files are accessible. Perhaps booting and installing on the disc from a Win10 ISO? Assume that I have copied the old HD to a new one to negate the problem of a possible/probable bad sector in the boot or recovery areas.

Answer:Can I install Win10 over a non-booting copy of Win7, to retain the programs installed?

Nope, you need it bootable. Windows can upgrade only when setup us launched from a running Windows. If you boot from the media, you can only clean install.

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I'm going to have to buy a new computer. It already has Win10 installed. I have the purchased Win7 install disk. Can I install Win7 on the new one and use it (Win7) as the primary boot program? And if so, how should I go about it?

Answer:Installing Win7 on a Win10 computer

Hello Robert mate you need to let us know what that new machineis because there was a post just recent where a fellow had a 10 installed Lenovo machine which would not support 7. I myself bought an Asus ROG laptop a while back and luckily the downgrade 7 I had them put on worked but only after I had to update the BIOS to enable 7 drivers to be installed.
So lets know what the machine is and we can have a look .

You could possibly Google it yourself for that matter something along the lines of will my ******** abd1123 machine support 7. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to install 7 on 10 machines because of driver issues for example.

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I own a Gateway NV52 that I purchased almost a year ago. Last month, I installed Windows 7 64-bit on it since I missed having Best Buy do the free upgrade. After the install, I re-downloaded and re-installed my old programs and somewhere during the process, the laptop keep freezing - just a black screen. It tended to happen when I plugged in my wireless mouse.

After trying to fix the issue for Win7, I gave up and re-installed Vista 64 from the Gateway recovery disks. After this fresh install, my USB mouse still seemed to be the issue, so I stopped using it. It seems to not be the problem, however, since it freezes randomly while in the middle of working in programs or idle and nowhere near transitioning to screen saver.

I've run antivirus and antispyware software and come up empty. I'm unsure what to do next, since Gateway tech support seems to be stumped as well. Are there any options I should check before breaking down and shipping this out?

Any help would be appreciated greatly.

Answer:Vista freezes after factory reinstall and removal of Win7 install

Hello Dakarien,
Did you re-install the chipset drivers, sound drivers, and video drivers after the install of Vista ?. The chipset drivers will be on the MB CD/DVD disk.
Just to eliminate any software try this clean boot.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Go to Event Viewer and check for any clues there.
Go to Device Manger and look for any yellow triangles. (warning triangles).

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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Hello everyone, I am sorry if this is a common question or one that requires little research, I tried it on my own but was not able to do it.
I have a rather old (but expensive) music editing software (Pro Tools LE 8) and I have always liked working with it a lot. The problem is that it is from before 2010 or something like that and it doesn't run on Windows 8, so it probably won't run on Windows 10 either.
Now my Computer still runs Windows 7, but I want to upgrade to 10, I have only held back because I didn't want to lose the ability to run Pro Tools. I have heard that there is a possibility of creating a seperate part of the hard drive that sort of runs Windows 7, but the rest runs Windows 10. I tried that with Virtual Box but didn't have any success to get the thing to run (mainly because the machine would not boot from the location I selected). I am not super computer literate and tried to follow tutorials but they would not really work for me.
Is there a simple solution or could anyone give me a rough dumbed down version of what I have to do?
Thank you very much in advance.

Answer:Running one program on Win7 on a Win10 Computer?

Have you tried contacting the people who sell/produce the product? Surely they will have some information as to whether it will run in Win 10
Maybe do some research into Dual Booting? This might help you start off, perhaps
I'm sure someone will be along soon, with more experience and knowledge than I can offer ;)

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I have a computer that is running Insider Preview 10.014971 Build 1471.

I have a New Computer which I will run the Insider Program on!

How to I revert my old computer back to Win 10 from the preview version as above.

I want to give the old computer to another member of the family.

Tully
That Old Fart
The Oldest Member of Win 10 Forum (87)

Answer:Revert back to Win10 from Insider Preview

The only way to go back is to erase the insider preview and do a clean install of version 1607.

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I have a computer that is running Insider Preview 10.014971 Build 1471.

I have a New Computer which I will run the Insider Program on!

How to I revert my old computer back to Win 10 from the preview version as above.

I want to give the old computer to another member of the family.

Tully
That Old Fart
The Oldest Member of Win 10 Forum (87)

Answer:Revert back to Win10 from Insider Preview

The only way to go back is to erase the insider preview and do a clean install of version 1607.

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About 6 months ago the screen started freezing. Then after about 30 seconds a message would appear on screen.... 'No Signal'

Would switch off and restart after a short pause and most times PC would run OK. The problem is random and happens in any app. The PC can operate OK for several hours without a problem.Or it may happen within a few minutes of startup.

As I thought that it was most likely related to the Win 7 software. I upgraded to Win 10.. 2 days ago, without any problems and the desktop seemed to run faster.

However the same problem is occurring again. Could this be a hardware problem?

With Win 10 there is no message about the unexpected shutdown ,when rebooting
 

Answer:Computer Freezing with win7 and win10..hardware or software?

It could be hardware related but not guaranteed, if you had done a completely clean installation of Windows 10 rather than an upgrade it could help to confirm that or not.

However, lets see what we can find out

Firstly, please provide details of the PC in question. Is it a prebuilt system like a HP, Dell etc if so please provide the exact make and model (include the 7 digit Dell Service Tag if its a Dell).
If its a self / custom build please provide exact make and model of the motherboard, CPU, RAM, graphics card, power supply, hard drives etc. the more info the better.
 

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Is it possible to still revert a PC to the original factory condition using the factory restore partition after Windows 10 has been installed or does the installation of WIN 10 prevent that? None of the other options to do a restore back to the original WIN 7 (as purchased new) are available to me.

Answer:Revert to factory condition after installation of WIN 10

It would depend if you still had original recoivery partition, and could access it.

Post an image of your disk partitions and model of pc etc.

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I have Spyware on my PC and am not sure how to get rid of it.

HiJackThis:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:46:00 PM, on 11/19/2011
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16869)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Game Booster\gbtray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Users\Zack2\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://homepage.emachines.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACEW&l=0409&m=et1831&r=173602102206p0465v1h5r44m1s455
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://homepage.emachines.com/rdr.aspx?b=ACEW&l=0409&m=et1831&r=173602102206p0465v1h5r44m1s455
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
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Answer:How to revert PC back to factory settings?

Not patient.
 

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Is it possible to still revert a PC to the original factory condition using the factory restore partition after Windows 10 has been installed or does the installation of WIN 10 prevent that? None of the other options to do a restore back to the original WIN 7 (as purchased new) are available to me.

Answer:Revert to factory condition after installation of WIN 10

It would depend if you still had original recoivery partition, and could access it.

Post an image of your disk partitions and model of pc etc.

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Is it possible to still revert a PC to the original factory condition using the factory restore partition after Windows 10 has been installed or does the installation of WIN 10 prevent that? None of the other options to do a restore back to the original WIN 7 (as purchased new) are available to me.

Answer:Revert to factory condition after installation of WIN 10

It would depend if you still had original recoivery partition, and could access it.

Post an image of your disk partitions and model of pc etc.

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A while back my ASUS GT 640 stopped working after a BIOS-update. A year has passed, and I've seen several others with the same issues. Still, there's no BIOS-updates that mention a fix, and I still can't get any of the three PCI-e cards I've tried to work. So, I wanted to try flashing my BIOS back to the factory default one, as that worked just fine for 6-7 months. However, where do I download these old BIOS packages? And is there any information on how to flash them manually? That is, unless I can download an ISO image.

Answer:How do you revert a M92p to the factory BIOS?

All the downloaded BIOS updates should still be on your hard drive in separate directories named for the BIOS version. Running the Setup file should install that BIOS into flash.   It won't get you back to the original one, but oldest will get you to the next update.  

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I was initially thinking of buying a Win10 Home key, but I realized I still have a Win7 Pro key I purchased that I have never upgraded to Win10 and is not currently in use.
Two questionsCan I use the Win7 key to activate Win10 (or is that no longer an option)Will Win10 Home turn into Win10 Pro (assuming I can still use key)

Answer:Built new computer, running unactivated Win10 Home, have Win7 Pro key

I think using the W7 key is out.
I would imagine that you could use the W10H and then pay to upgrade to pro.
I'm not 100% though. Hopefully, somebody will come along who is more knowledgeable on this.

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I have three computers (two are running Windows 7 and one is running Windows 10). I am trying to share files between the three machines. From both windows 7 machines, I can access all three machines. However, I cannot access either windows 7 machine from my windows 10 machine.
I can see the share name as shown below:

However, when I click on the sharename, I get error messages:

The only firewall I have is the windows firewall (same on each machine).
Any ideas on how I can get the file access to work on Windows 10?

Answer:trouble accessing Win7 computer using NETWORK in Explorer from Win10

When I have experienced a simIlar situation (more than once) a solution has been to temporarily turn off the firewall on the unavailable pc and then reboot all machines. Then amazingly the unaccessible pc becomes accessible. After turning the firewall back on it still works.

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I was initially thinking of buying a Win10 Home key, but I realized I still have a Win7 Pro key I purchased that I have never upgraded to Win10 and is not currently in use.

Two questions

Can I use the Win7 key to activate Win10 (or is that no longer an option)Will Win10 Home turn into Win10 Pro (assuming I can still use key)

Answer:Built new computer, running unactivated Win10 Home, have Win7 Pro key

You will have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro first by entering the generic Windows 10 Pro product key. Then you can attempt to activate it with the Windows 7 product key.

If that fails, then you can install Windows 7 on a separate partition, activate it, try to upgrade that to Windows 10 and see if it activates.

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Hi all,My T440p came with Windows 7 32 bit and I initally created the Recovery Media to a USB drive. I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 but now wanted to revert back to the default factory setup. However, the Recovery media does not work and there appears to be no way of creating the original Recovery media again as there is no R&R software etc for Windows 8.1 The Lenovo_recovery partition is still there - so is there any clever way of kicking of the Recovery Media tool?I have already fixed the Recovery.INI file so I should be able to create another recovery media - IF I can run the app again. Any tips or advice? OR should I be able to get free recovery media from Lenovo - I have a 3 yr onsite warranty on my T440p. Thanks!

Answer:Cleaned installed Windows 8.1 but no Recovery Media option for original Win7 factory install?

NOTE: I have just tried the REAGENTC /SetOSImage stuff for the two .WIM files in the D:\FactoryRecovery folder but it says 'no valid image found in the specified path'  

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I cannot get past the black screen error message not allowing me to get into Windows 10 to access reset options.  Can I download a factory reset usb flash drive?

Answer:How do I revert back to factory settings in a HP Probook 655...

annualman17 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! I see you're running Win10. Did the PC come preinstalled with Win10? Or, did you upgrade it from a prior OS to Win10?This is important as the recovery/reset method is different for the two situations.We can proceed when you provide the answers.

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After pconfig /renew
(I get this error)
No operation can be performed on pth while it has its media disconnected. An error occurred while renewing interface local area connect an operation was attempted on something that was not a socket.

THere are also 2 Ethernet ports in back of tower..one by the keyboard/mouse port and one towards bottom of back of machine w/2 lights that light up when plugged in Lights are one green(slightly flickering now and again) second solid orange..

Right this moment I have tried to restore to prev dates back to July of 2006 date, says it cannot and to pick a different date, tried many dates still will not restore, tries to undo last restore also will not work.... F8 there is not restore to factory settings either!
I have no XP Home cd and no one I know still has the xp Home cd.

Please help.. Attached is ipconfig / all info
 

Answer:Cannot connect to internet Nor revert to factory settings

Welcome to TSG:
Your ipconfig did not appear to be complete :
Make and model of pc ?
Does it have a restore partition ?
Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

In the command prompt window that opens, type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

Let’s take a look at the status of the network adapters

Device manager:

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.
1. Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
2. Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
3. Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?
4. should be enabled and working properly.
5. If error code,what is it ?

It would be best if you could post a screen shot of Device Manager with the Network adapters and Other devices sections expanded.

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the ... Read more

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I have Lenovo Thinkpad Edge S431, that orginally came with Windows 7. I upgrade to Windows 10 and it  has been over a month - I don't see an option to revert back to Windows 7. I tried to download Windows 7 from Microsoft and gave them my Windows 7 product key that came with my laptop but I got a message saying I need to refer to the manufacturer.  My laptop came with a partition called "Lenovo_Recovery". How do I use this and what is it for? Can I use this to get back to Windows 7? Thanks for your help!

Answer:Thinkpad S431 - How to revert to factory settings?

Hi
 
I don't know much about that model, but can you try to Power On and keep pressed the F11 button to see if the recovery meny shows up.
 
Please remember to backup everything.
 
Regards

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While setting up Photoshop CS4 they reccommended I update my display driver to use their opengl capabilities. I updated it and the opengl is having problems and won't work. Oddly, I'm pretty sure it was workign before I updated it, so how do I roll back to the previous one, without rolling back to the factory default?
I'm hesitant to use system restore because that causes such global changes that I never know what it will do. Besides, it makes deleted folders re appear empty as well as exe files. ><
 

Answer:Revert Display Driver to Previous? (not factory)

The rollback should reapply that last driver used before the upgrade was done, not the default (original) driver
 

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Hi, I own a Lenovo G550 laptop preinstalled with windows 7 Home Premium. Lately, I've upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. Now that I want to revert back to Windows 7 I can't seem to find a way to do that as the recovery option simply doesn't work (the rescue button is inactive). I didn't format the HD partitions and the recovery partition (where the factory image is located) is still there. All  I did was inserting the Windows 8 DVD and clicking Upgrade - Windows did all the rest. How can I revert back to Windows 7 that came with the PC? Thanks, Ofir 

Answer:How do I revert back to the factory image after installing Windows 8?

hi ofircarmi,
 
Before you upgraded to Windows 8, did you created your Windows 7 recovery disc using this procedure? The reason I asked is because the One Key Recovery application & the OKR button will not work after you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 as discussed here.
 
If you didn't created a recovery disc, you will need a retail Windows 7 Disc to downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 or you contact Lenovo Technical Support to obtain the disc. Support phone list here.
 
 
Cheers

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When a newer version driver is downloaded and installed, can the One key Recovery revert it to the factory default?Sometimes the colour of the 2 squares  in the internet icon changes between light and dark blue alternatly, what does this stand for?Thanks.

Answer:Revert driver to factory default,colour of icon

Using OKR (if using Y510) restores to default factory drivers&soft. Also you loose all information o...Using search is recommended before posting.Transferring activity is indicated by these two squares.





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Hi,
My disk contains 5 partitions:
part1 = ntfs-win10 free upgrade of win home premium (primary)
Part2 = ntfs-win7 home premium (primary)
Part3 = ext3-Extended (logical)
Part4 = ext3-LM rafaela (extended)
Part5 = swap (extended)
This setup worked good.

Part2 win7 got buggered, and reinstalled (nvidia chip-set melt down during win7 boot). The MB was replaced.

I can no longer get to win10 boot Part1. Booting to Part1 or Part2 results to booting the newly installed win7. Rafaela boot did not change: still working.

How can I reclaim my win10 boot? I can't upgrade for free anymore so I'm hoping there's a way to work with what's there.

Thanks,
Keith

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Hi,
My disk contains 5 partitions:
part1 = ntfs-win10 free upgrade of win home premium (primary)
Part2 = ntfs-win7 home premium (primary)
Part3 = ext3-Extended (logical)
Part4 = ext3-LM rafaela (extended)
Part5 = swap (extended)
This setup worked good.

Part2 win7 got buggered, and reinstalled (nvidia chip-set melt down during win7 boot). The MB was replaced.

I can no longer get to win10 boot Part1. Booting to Part1 or Part2 results to booting the newly installed win7. Rafaela boot did not change: still working.

How can I reclaim my win10 boot? I can't upgrade for free anymore so I'm hoping there's a way to work with what's there.

Thanks,
Keith

Answer:Lost Win10 in Multiboot disk partition Win7, Win10 and LM Rafaela

You could use EasyBCD to add Win10 to the boot code.
EasyBCD Documentation

Take care not to screw up the Linux entry.
I'm pretty sure EasyBCD makes a backup - but it's been quite a while.

Read first, plan 2nd, backup the BCD store - then execute the plan

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i upgraded my windows 7 pc to the windows 10 tech preview a while back but now im confused on how to upgrade to the offical windows 10 tomorrow. id rather have the official product then continue being part of the insider program.

Answer:how to upgrade win10 tech preview (original win7) to offical win10

Might want to read this thread:http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...dows-10-a.html

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My machine has two boot volumes. vol3 (win7 now win10) and vol5 (win8 tp10).
After automatic upgrade of win7p to Win10p(64) on vol3, all appeared to be well. It activated just fine (good network) and Edge and Chrome work fine. However, IE11, FireFox, Thunderbird, iolo SystemMechanic, Netgear Pro Switch config, MSI Live Update and maybe many more have no access to sockets.
I disabled the Firewall and Defender!
I loaded sysinternals TCPView and observed that both Edge and Chrome open/close ports and reach endpoints but none of the "apps of interest" reach the IP stack on the upgrade 10.
The TP 10 on vol5 is my litmus test.. IE11, FF, TB and Netgear all work on this install. A lot to be said for a clean install.
I used hijackthis to compare the two installs.. the TP10 generates a 1 page report and the ug10 3 pages.. lots of leftovers..
My diagnostic tree is getting shorter. Anyone have anything to add?
David

Answer:Win10 TP AOK, Win7 > Win10 soso. IE11 has no tcpip access...

Now because I read in some forum someone did not like "thank you its fixed" answers.
So...
Hijackthis revealed excessive duplicate LSP entries for SpeedBit Video Accelerator.
LSPfix did not find any problems, but did show the offending LSP entry.
After uninstalling SpeedBit and rebooting;
Bing change my wallpaper and I knew the issue was resolved. IE11 etc. work as expected.

Thankyou

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I'm still playing with Win10 on a tablet and not ready to install it on my main computer. Meanwhile, there are 32 Windows 7 updates pending. I've selected all 32 in Windows Update, then clicked the OK button, but that just takes me to a screen for installing Win10. I'm not sure what happens if I click OK there, but it looks like clicking OK will install Win10 which I do NOT want to do. I just want to install the 32 Win7 updates.

I did notice that one of the optional updates was the Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and that the checkbox to install it was pre-checked. I did uncheck it but I still got the screen that said "Downloading Windows 10".

Is it possible that I'm safe to proceed after seeing the "Downloading Windows 10" message as long as I made sure to uncheck the Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro checkbox?

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Hello, I have Lenovo 20C1001DUS and I recently updated it to Windows 10 and I hate it so I want to install Windows 7 OS so I went out and bought a CD. I started doing some reading to get the OS I have to put on a USB so I found a program that moves the OS to the USB which was easy but I cant but the next step is for my tablet to boot from the USB and I cant figure out how to get it to do that because I don't know how to get into the BIOS. I have a usb keyboard if that would help.... Ideas? Get me out of this 10

Thanks!

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

Answer:recover win7 drive use after install Win10 on 2 drive dual boot sys?

Showkey plus from this forum:
Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi people when trying to install win10 from USB it bought up these errors?
Reset PC
Error code 0x0000005D
PARAM:
0x00000000BFEBFBFF
0x 20100800
0x
0x 01

Checked NX bit is Enabled in bios, but my pc is running win7 ultimate no problems!
Pentium 4 Extreme 3.73ghz (Supports NX bit under Everest list TICKED)
3GB DDR2
GPU HD 6750

Stumped as I tried this on a G31 MOBO with the same issues, but running a P4 3.00ghz chip with 4GB DDR2

Do have other laptops with higher dual and quad but only wanted to test it to be fair?

Answer:Not sure if computer is too old to install win10?

Hi, see this link How to solve Error 0x0000005D when installing Windows 8. Hope this helps in some way.

Good luck, werty

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I have an HP all-in-one pc that came w/win8, which my wife is frustrated with...is it possible to install win7 over it w/o too many complications?
Thanks,
Rich A.
 

Answer:Revert back to Win7 from Win8

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Over the last two days I've reverted two of my 4 PCs back to Win7 and experienced the same problem with iTunes. After reverting (both are Win Pro 64-bit) I was unable to either repair, update, or remove iTunes. Windows could not locate the iTunes6464.msi, usually in an Apple Software Update folder. Is suspect that the Win10 upgrade process moved the msi file to a temp folder and then writes the path to the registry. The reversion process appears does not update the registry and does restore the msi file to its original location leaving you to deal with "where the heck is the iTunes6464.msi" issue. If you are lucky to have made a back up before the upgrade you restore it and point the installer to the new location. Note that is that the msi version must match your installed iTunes. So word to the wise, if you revert back to Win7, uninstall iTunes and it's associated support programs (see http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204275) before you downgrade and then install a fresh copy in Win 7. FYI, missing Apple msi files are a know issue that Apple has never fully addressed.

Answer:Revert to Win7 iTunes .msi issue

For the case that I would need to revert the upgrade, I have made a backup before. That way I would not have to deal with whatever strange issue might be happening after a downgrade.

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So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?
 

Answer:Clean win7 install after clean win10 install?

nightanole said:





So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?Click to expand...

I recommend imaging the windows 7 system using acronis or some other imaging software. Then doing the upgrade activating then reverting back to the image.

Lets say you already wiped it out and did a clean install. there is no way that I no to go back to windows 7 without a windows 7 key. There are downgrade right but they still require a key (I know it's stupid).
 

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Here's the situation. I have a 17" laptop with two Win 7 drives set up with dual boot. One is a 128gb SSD with all my work software. (AutoCad, Rhino, etc) The other is a new 256 SSD with only the Win7 OS installed. Both use the same laptop Product key.

I would like to update the new 256 SSD to Win 10 and over time transition my software to that drive. However, while I'm doing that, I'll need the other Win7 system drive to work with.

My question is, If I update the 256 SSD to Windows 10, doesn't that activation use my current Win 7 key to register? And if so, does the activated Win 10 deactivate or invalidate my Windows 7 OS Key on the other drive?

Answer:Will update Win7>Win10 deactivate second Win7 drive in a Dual boot?

Nobody seems to want to answer you mate as what you are doing is not legal.

Now then on a practical level I don't think you will have any problems because of the fact that you can reinstall your original OS with your original product key anytime you like, however I have not tested this.

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After calling MS I was told I had torest my bios to revert back to my win7 proafter reseting it to defauld using F10 and f9 Win 10 keeps loading. I need to rest the order to recognise my win 7 recovery disks

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Hi and thanks in advance for any help.

Windows has changed itself to classic display. Thing is when I call up the theme settings, all the options but classic are greyed out. Strange, no?
 

Answer:Win7 display changed to classic & won't revert.

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I ran into an issue during a build of Win Prev plus my RAM needed replaced, which was expected sooner or later, and had to reinstall windows with a recovery disk. The disk I have is for Windows 7. So now that I'm back on Windows 7 I'm having issues reregistering my pc for the insider program and unable to figure out how to reinstall the Insider Preview. I may be just too tired and missing something obvious here....but if anyone can point me in the right direction to get the Insider Preview reinstalled that would be great. Posted via the Windows Central App for Windows 10 Using the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL for Windows 10 (Redstone)

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Hi,

I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact.

Is this possible? Can I just go through the upgrade process from Windows 8.1? Any possible gotchas I should be aware of?

I've seen a few threads discussing Unbuntu or Linux as a second partition but didn't see one for this situation. Apologies if I missed a similar thread.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Answer:Upgrade dual boot Win7/Win8 to Win10 (keep Win7)?

upsidedownjim said:

Hi,

I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact.

Is this possible? Can I just go through the upgrade process from Windows 8.1? Any possible gotchas I should be aware of?

I've seen a few threads discussing Unbuntu or Linux as a second partition but didn't see one for this situation. Apologies if I missed a similar thread.

Thanks for any help you can provide!



Hey Jim, welcome to tenforums.com!

You should be okay to upgrade within W8, I don't foresee any problems. You could/should make backups just in case.

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I tried srf/scannow imagres.dll and icon cache already, and I still get this: from a pack I installed I just want to get rid of these ugly Icons, help would be apreciated!

Answer:How to I revert my folder icons back to the Win7 default.

Believe it or not I actually had this issue yesterday and got it resolved from a member of sevenforums

Here's how to fix it:
Download this .zip file and extract the imageres.dll from the zip to your Desktop.
imageres.zip | MediaFire

Run this as an Administrator (evaluated):
System File Replacer by ~xuliikoo on deviantART

Then Browse to the default imageres (C:/Windows/System32) and then select the Browse on the Right on head over to your Desktop and select the one I give you.

Then rebuild your Icon Cache.



   Note
If you know how to manually replace System Files. Great, if not use this!

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If I revert to the previous Win version before the 30 day trial period of Win 10 is over: Will I be able to install Win10 any time after 29 of July 2016?

Reason: I started the upgrade, but some unforeseen circumstances will detain me from finishing the upgrade and configuring our 10 PCs before 29 of July 2016. So my idea: I upgrade all PC now and immediately revert to Win7.

As I understood, the activation is stored centrally at MS with a fingerprint of the hardware and it should be possible to install Win10 using this activation any time later...

Answer:Does activation remain valid in case of revert to Win7?

Blacksmith said:

If I revert to the previous Win version before the 30 day trial period of Win 10 is over: Will I be able to install Win10 any time after 29 of July 2016?



Yes.







Blacksmith said:

I upgrade all PC now and immediately revert to Win7.



Windows built-in reversion has proven to not be all that reliable. Making a backup image of Windows 7 with Macrium Reflect would be a much better guarantee of a successful restore back to Windows 7.







Blacksmith said:

As I understood, the activation is stored centrally at MS with a fingerprint of the hardware and it should be possible to install Win10 using this activation any time later...



That is correct.

If it were my project, this is how I would do it on 10 computers. It would require a spare hard drive/SSD and assuming all computers would upgrade to the same version (Home or Pro of Windows 10).

1. Obtain the genuineticket.xml file by doing steps 1 - 6 here:
Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

2. Disconnect Windows 7 hard drive, temporarily connect spare hard drive/SSD.

3. Install Windows 10 to spare hard drive/SSD. Activate it with genuineticket.xml file.

4. Disconnect spare hard drive/SSD. Reconnect Windows 7 hard drive.

5. On the next computer, obtain the genuineticket.xml file. Disconnect Windows 7 hard drive.
... Read more

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I have an Ideapad Z580 , I dont want to loose my ability to revert to Win7 as you have to supply Lenovo your Win7 key on the bottom of you notebook, i dont want my Win7 key to be canceled. Thanks John.





Win7 Lenovo Ideapad Z580 i5-3210m HD4000 Win7 x64 8gb 1600MHz Samsung 830 256GB SSD

Answer:$15 Windows 8 upgrade - can you revert back to Win7 will your key still be valid?

Apparently there is no way of downgrading from windows 8 to windows 7. If you want to revert back, you will have to clean install windows 7. However you can create recovery disks via one key recovery and then use them afterwards. And the upgrade key would work more than once on a computer.





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If I revert to the previous Win version before the 30 day trial period of Win 10 is over: Will I be able to install Win10 any time after 29 of July 2016?

Reason: I started the upgrade, but some unforeseen circumstances will detain me from finishing the upgrade and configuring our 10 PCs before 29 of July 2016. So my idea: I upgrade all PC now and immediately revert to Win7.

As I understood, the activation is stored centrally at MS with a fingerprint of the hardware and it should be possible to install Win10 using this activation any time later...

Answer:Does activation remain valid in case of revert to Win7?

Originally Posted by Blacksmith


If I revert to the previous Win version before the 30 day trial period of Win 10 is over: Will I be able to install Win10 any time after 29 of July 2016?



Yes.







Originally Posted by Blacksmith


I upgrade all PC now and immediately revert to Win7.



Windows built-in reversion has proven to not be all that reliable. Making a backup image of Windows 7 with Macrium Reflect would be a much better guarantee of a successful restore back to Windows 7.







Originally Posted by Blacksmith


As I understood, the activation is stored centrally at MS with a fingerprint of the hardware and it should be possible to install Win10 using this activation any time later...



That is correct.

If it were my project, this is how I would do it on 10 computers. It would require a spare hard drive/SSD and assuming all computers would upgrade to the same version (Home or Pro of Windows 10).

1. Obtain the genuineticket.xml file by doing steps 1 - 6 here:
Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

2. Disconnect Windows 7 hard drive, temporarily connect spare hard drive/SSD.

3. Install Windows 10 to spare hard drive/SSD. Activate it with genuineticket.xml file.

4. Disconnect spare hard drive/SSD. Reconnect Windows 7 hard drive.

5. On the next computer, obtain... Read more

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I bit the bullet and upgraded my old Dell Latitude D830 from Win 7 to Win 10 on 9/11/15.

I was surprised that I could actually get it to install, but all looked good after the install. I don't like how it looks like MS stripped out/hid some UI features, but oh well.

However, I jumped the gun and deleted my old Win 7 install using the disk cleaner and I made the mistake of running some cleaners on the new install for one of the two user profiles I have on the computer. (I forgot it takes a bit for utility vendors to get their code caught up for the new OS.) It looks like I do not have a restore point for the time frame I need, either. I need to restore to 9/11, earliest I have is 9/12.

Anyway, my current situation is this:

(1) my home user profile is mangled... no start menu access, no edge icon, and no calculator icon. (no modern apps) Calc says I need a new app when I try to load it via Run box. Also, getting install prompts when loading MSOffice 2007 apps. However, my work user profile is ok... start menu is ok, edge and calc are accessible, and no MSOffice install prompts.

I have tried to run the Powershell script to reinstall the apps... it does not solve this. I thought I might be able to copy files from the ok work user profile to the bad home profile, but when I created a new user profile as a test, the new profile was also missing start menu, edge, and calc. So it looks like something in the default files/settings has gotten mangled.

I have looked throug... Read more

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Hi, I got a T430 on Ebay. It's running Win7 and I want to do a clean reinstall; but it only has a win8 sticker in the back and no win7 product key. So looks like it was factory installed with Win8. If I choose "restore to factory-installed state", would it go back to Win8? I don't want that. I want Win7, but I want a clean reinstall. Is that even possible? Thanks.Jeffrey













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Answer:T430 win7 with factory-default win8 - how to reinstall win7?

Hello and welcome,
 
The answer(s) will depend a lot on how - and by whom - the Win 7 image was installed.
 
If it shipped from the factory that way and the seller didn't mess with it, I'd expect the factory recovery option to return it to OOBE Windows 7.  Does it even still have recovery capability?
 
Recovery won't get you to a "clean" install but will get you back to "as shipped" state.
 
If you want a clean '7 install and the laptop was either originally shipped with Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Pro by way of downgrade rights you should be able to use Microsoft's downgrade procedure to install and activate - but you will need to find install media and an already-in-use key.  I realize that last sounds ridiculous, but have a read of MS's downgrade document:
 
Understanding downgrade rights
 
I hope that helps a little.  It might help us help you figure out your laptop's license status if you'd post the MT-M (like 1234-xyz).  That should let us (or you) pull up it's as-shipped configuration.  DO NOT post the serial number.
 
Z.
 
 

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Hello everyone, I have a Dell Optiplex 760 SFF that has both win 7 and win 10 installed on a 1TB hard drive in the following partition order:
500 mb system reserve, 100gb win 7, 750gb data, 80gb win 10
I've also disabled the metro bootloader, as it wastes times when booting to win 7.

Whenever I reboot to Win 7 after booting into Win 10 before, the system requires a chkdsk of the Win 10 and data partition. I looked around the forums here and the win 10 forums, and have disabled fast boot in Win 10 as mentioned throughout, but it still results in chkdsk being required.

I've tried to do this on other computers such as an MSI laptops with Win7, with similar results.

Is there something else I need to do so that Win 7 doesn't do disk check?

Thanks for all the help in advance.

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I have a dual boot with win10 and win7 on the same 1TB HD. Disk management will not allow me to delete the win 7 partition. I need that disk space back! Delete is greyed out. How can I get around this problem?

Answer:I have a hd with win10 and win7. Cannot delete win7 partition

First, please post a screenshot of disk management and make sure to drag the columns wider so we can see all the data in the columns:

Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

It might be that your boot files are also on the Windows 7 partition.

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There are two files these BoD happened back to back within 10 minutes of each other i was in the middle of World of Warcraft. Now like I said this is a brand new computer I just build it yesterday. Installed windows with a valid flash drive bought from Microsoft. Updated Both Windows and all Drivers.
My PC Specs are in my account profile. To save you a few mouse clicks ill list them here.

Any Assistance will be appretiated as I am not fond of reading these dump files on my own.
CPU: Intel i56300
Memory: 8GB (Single Stick)
GPU: GeForce GTX 1050Ti
MB: H110M Gaming MSI Board
HD: 1T Barracuda 7200RPM
MiniDump.zip

Answer:Brand New Computer & Win10 Install didn't catch the error decimal.

DESKTOP-5NTUDPJ-Fri_12_23_2016__30629_35.zip

Sorry it is 3:08AM were I live i am half asleep and did not notice or read the rules section. Here is the File created by your program.

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Ok so my nephew got a "gaming" PC i think a viper 2 or something original windows 7 but used disk to install windows 10 without activating..... Start wouldn't work so tried erasing admin account and create one w/o password then still couldn't get start to come up so i looked up different tricks non of witch worked so tried factory resetting and wiping all files got an error resseting tried ( In the new window, Select Troubleshoot --> Advanced options --> Command prompt.
3.Next, select the administrator account.
4.Now provide the credentials for the admin account you opted in the previous step.) But he didn't remember password for admin acc PC then reset well turned off now only misi flashes on black screen with comp on! And im completely unable to get anything else to boot even tried hard reboot pc turned off and stayed off until manually turned back on just to do same theing black screen with misi flashing on for a few secs

Answer:gaming computer viper 2 after windows 10 install tried factory reset

Hi there and welcome.

Do you know which version was installed? In the search bar type winver and hit enter.

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I'd like to create a "sandboxed" development environment (visual community 2015) under a virtual machine on my WIn7 machine, and I'd like it to run in Win7 in the VM, leaving the "rest" of the computer unaffected for everyday use.
 
When I go to set up the VM, it will ask me for OS (Win7) installation disk, which I don't have, since the OS was factory installed.   How should i proceed?
 
(The other option, could based VM, looks like a nightmare$$$)
 
Thanks for any advice.  I'm considering Virtual PC or Virtualbiox.

Answer:Running my Win7 under a VM with factory installed Win7

dc3 gave this to another person in another post:   http://product.key-downloader.com/index.php
I'm not sure if it will help you or not.  You may need to purchase another OEM or MS Windows 7 install package.

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Is it possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 on alaptop which came with Windows 10 preinstalled, andno installation disk? If so, what is required? -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Answer:Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

If the partitions have not been changed, the Recovery partition should still exist. How to get to that would depend on the Make/Model of the system.

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Is it possible to install windows 7 on one computer take the hard drive out and put it into another computer? i did this and it wont boot at all.

STORY

1 laptop has a busted dvd drive
1 laptop is fully functional

install windows 7 on hard drive of busted dvd drive in fully fuctional computer.
 

Answer:install win7 on computer hot swaped hardrive with another computer = no boot

It all depends on the chipsets and controller types. The closer they match, the better luck you'll have. It also depends on how they are configured, meaning if one is AHCi and one is IDE, it won't work. Windows 7 is more forgiving in this area, but it still isn't guaranteed to work.

If I ran into a situation that would make me consider this, such as a dead CD/DVD drive on a laptop, I would just install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive. It's a faster method anyway.
 

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