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Topic # 193605 16-Mar-2016 20:13
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Ok, so background is that I have one desktop machine that is running Win7, that I would like to take advantage of the Win10 offer with before the 'free' period expires.


The machine was built 3Y ago but is well spec'ed, except that it has a mechanical hard disk.


I'd like to get an SSD, and install win10 onto that, in a sort of dual-boot environ. I don't want to lose the Win7 setup yet... because I'm not the only user, and I need to be considerate of my wife and her needs for using the computer too (she does not like change like this). 


I'm fine with Win10 and have used it for a while...  while I'm confident the above can be achieved, searching google for articles brings the heavy indexing of people that did this when Win10 was at preview stage, and not reflecting state of play in 2016.




So some thoughts from the community here would be nice...





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  Reply # 1514704 16-Mar-2016 20:23
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To qualify for W10 you have to upgrade the current OS from 7 to 10. What you want to achieve is doable but I would say would require some buggering about. Easiest might be to install 7 on the SSD and then upgrade it to 10 and then set up the dual boot. That way you won't have issues with W10 if you decide to clean-install it again on the SSD as that will be part of the hardware configuration it was licensed to.




Greater minds might have a better solution but I think that is your best bet :)


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  Reply # 1514707 16-Mar-2016 20:29
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Windows 10 now allows use of win 7 and 8x keys for activation. Give it a go.

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  Reply # 1514709 16-Mar-2016 20:31
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You may be able to clone your Windows 7 onto the SSD, do the Win10 upgrade, on the SSD version, erase the SSD, connect your spinning disk up, boot from spinning disk (wut the blank SSD attached, then do a clean Win10 install onto the SSD while creating a multi-boot setup.  Yes there is a bit of mucking around.

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  Reply # 1514710 16-Mar-2016 20:32
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This is dated Jan 2016 and provides step by step clean install of win 10 with win 7/8x key:

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  Reply # 1514711 16-Mar-2016 20:35
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I'd clone the os to the ssd, then upgrade it alone.

Then you can wait till you're ready to take the leap properly, or fresh install on the ssd for dual boot.

Once win10 is activated, the licence is stored on the MS servers. You can fresh install or upgrade anytime after that and the licence will just work.

Edit: Beaten to it.

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