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Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-28 16:59
by Dravion
If you have a original Windows 7 Version with a valid Key and if it is activated, you can download
this Microsoft Media Creation Tool to upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 inplace or create a ISO USB/DVD Stick.
Originally this was a Marketing campaign in 2016 with the upcoming new Windows 10 version but it works still today
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MS-Windows 7 to 10 Upgrade tool:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softwar ... /windows10

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-28 18:21
by Dravion
I just installed all updates for Windows 1903 and it worked without Key and imported
any settings Windows 7 had in the first place.
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Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-28 19:50
by Dravion
The same goes for completely new Win10 Installations, it will work if you insert a valid Win7 Product Key.
(it will check online durning Setup if this Win7 key is valid, but if it cannot connect, it will let you install Windows as usual)

PS: This works only with the newest Windows 10 1903 Installer, not with earlier Versions!

1) Run MediaCreationTool and select USB Stick or ISO-File (if ISO, you need to burn it later with a DVD-Burning App)
2) Boot from USB Stick, if you see Enter you Key, press Button "i don't have a key" and install Win10 (it will run for 30 Days)

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Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-28 21:06
by jimimaseye
So, for clarity:

I have a Samsung win7 Home - preinstalled with a windows key sticker on the underside of the device (no Win7 install disk, just a restore partition on disk). Are you saying that if I download from that liknk I will be able to install over the win7 (thus upgrading it) to win 10? And needing nothing more that that windows key from the sticker on the device?

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-28 21:46
by Dravion
jimimaseye wrote:
2019-12-28 21:06
So, for clarity:

I have a Samsung win7 Home - preinstalled with a windows key sticker on the underside of the device (no Win7 install disk, just a restore partition on disk). Are you saying that if I download from that liknk I will be able to install over the win7 (thus upgrading it) to win 10? And needing nothing more that that windows key from the sticker on the device?
Yes.

Inside the Windows Creation Tool you have a few options how you want to proceed.

Option #1
You can Update install your working Windows 7 Installation to Windows 10 (in this case Windows 10 Setup will accept your
existing Win 7 Product key and doesn't ask you for it.

Option #2
You can select to prepare a bootable USB-Stick (the USB-Stick needs at least 8 GBytes of free space).
In this case (clean install of Windows 10) you just need to insert your old Win 7 Product Key after the Windows 10 Installer
is booted from your USB Stick (see in my last post Screenshot).

PS: This works only with the new Windows Media Creation tool version 1909! Earlier versions seems to reject this method
at all but it looks like Microsoft accept this method now again. I tested both Installation variants (Update Install of Win 7 and
Clean Install of Win 10 with a Win 7 Product key and both worked out just fine).

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-28 23:51
by jimimaseye
This works only with the new Windows Media Creation tool version 1909
What is 'this'? And what is 'Windows Media Creation tool version 1909'?

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Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-29 00:48
by Dravion
jimimaseye wrote:
2019-12-28 23:51
This works only with the new Windows Media Creation tool version 1909
What is 'this'? And what is 'Windows Media Creation tool version 1909'?

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Its the official Microsoft Tool to prepare USB/Stick or start an inplace Win7 to Win 10 Update (see download link above)

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-29 01:28
by mattg
Yep, I saw that last week, and have (?)upgraded a few machines to Windows 10 from windows 7.

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-29 22:29
by jimimaseye
I'm nervous.

So i can download this using my win7 home laptop and initiate it by clicking to run it and it will do an update to win10?

Will or do preflight checks and advise if the existing hardware is sufficient or not?

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Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-29 22:38
by Dravion
Yes.Its a step by step GUI.
Just follow the instructions and it just works fine.
I believe Mattg did the same a few days ago.

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-29 23:50
by jimimaseye
I'm nervous that it fails and bricks my machine or the resultant win10 machine loses my stuff or programs. How well do these upgrades do generally? And what version of win10 will I end up with (home, pro, etc...)?

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Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-30 00:46
by jimimaseye
Hmmm... just been googling. Apparently samsung does not support or provide drivers for np300e5a laptop for win 10 and seen reports stating that problems well be met off the upgrade is done. Samsung themselves advise not to upgrade.

I don't think i will take the risk and will stay on 7 for now.

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Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-30 00:56
by Dravion
Yeah, in this case it might be the best decision.

But you can check it inside a Win 7 VM if you courios.

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-30 01:13
by mattg
Problem (catalyst) is that some Windows 7 Machines are showing a very large banner with words like 'Windows 7 is out of all support from 15 January 2020' every time the machine re-boots.

Upgrade is like for like
Windows 7 home 32 bit is (?)upgraded to Windows 10 home 32 bit

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit is (?)upgraded to Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit

If no equivalent version, then next version down.
eg Windows 7 Ultimate goes to Windows 10 Professional

Yes you will need new drivers, but the (?)upgrade process should tell you which peripherals have no available drivers before the (?)upgrade starts.

This is the same tool that was offered when Windows 10 first come out, but the big difference is that a lot more drivers have been released for Windows 10.

I've seen some fail, and they simply roll back to where they were prior to the attempt.
You should really test each machine on a VM - This toll makes that easy
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysint ... s/disk2vhd

Re: Win7 to Win10 free upgrade

Posted: 2019-12-30 04:43
by katip
mattg wrote:
2019-12-30 01:13
Upgrade is like for like
Windows 7 home 32 bit is (?)upgraded to Windows 10 home 32 bit

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit is (?)upgraded to Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit
this is crucial i think. once i upgraded many of our boxes but one w/o problem. it was a 32 bit Pro7 (HW was 64 bit) and upgrade to 64 bit Pro10 ended up with BSD. PC died, win didn't start anymore, safe mode failed too. had to do a fresh install on another disk and restored useful data from old disk.