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Windows 10 direct install or via 7 licence


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#1 Matt0r

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 07:45 AM

Hi all

 

I've acquired a new laptop  after the old one died and plan to install the system builder licence of Windows 7 64 that was on the old laptop and then upgrade to 10.

 

According to the link below I can just do a straight install of 10 and use the 7 licence key but it's not an official MS news so wanted to see if anyone could confirm?

 

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/operating-systems/1403593/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-and-get-your-new-licence-key

 

If I can't do the above, I'd like to install the most up to date version of windows 7 sp1 with all the updates integrated - how could I go about this? AFAIK, there are two options:

 

1) Download a win 7 image from Microsoft (and upgrade)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7

Does anyone know if this image has all the updates integrated? Presumably it is SP1 but I don't know if the patches are included.

 

2) Slipstream a win 7 image from my desktop pc (and upgrade)

Am I able to create an image from my desktop 7 and turn into a bootable USB? It's a while since I've done a slipstream image so I can't remember if the image created is hardware and licence agnostic.

 

Thanks for your help

Z

 



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 07:52 AM

Hi Matt0r :)

Starting in Windows 10 TH2, it is possible to clean install Windows 10 using a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 product key.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-10/activation-in-windows-10
http://www.howtogeek.com/232176/whats-new-in-windows-10s-first-big-update-the-windows-10-fall-update/
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/11/windows-10-november-update-features-fixes-and-enterprise-readiness/

If you download the Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 and download the Windows 10 .iso, it'll be Windows 10 TH2. So you can go ahead with your initial plan of action.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 02:05 AM

Thanks Aura, much hassle saved!

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 06:22 AM

No problem Matt0r, you're welcome :)

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