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Old 06-17-2016, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Waleska, GA
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There are a lot of us who are still using Windows 7 or 8/8.1 and don't want to upgrade to Windows 10 at this time....and may never want/need to. But after July 29, 2016, the Windows 10 upgrade will cost $119. There is a way to download Windows 10 and keep it for future use but continue using your current version of Windows indefinitely. It requires an extra hard drive (or SSD, in my case) but it may be a viable option for those who aren't ready to 'upgrade' or don't know if they will do so.

I simply replaced the existing SSD (main drive) in my laptop with a clean, formatted SSD. I then installed Windows 10 and ACTIVATED it ('activation' is very important). Then I replaced it with my original drive (which runs Window 7 Pro) and continued as usual. So I have my free copy of Windows 10 on an SSD tucked away in my desk if I ever decide that I want to use it.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:52 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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cool. also making an image tarball with dd mite work without having to buy extra hard drives ?
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:00 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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You can “reserve” that free copy now, so you can upgrade after July 29 without paying. By upgrading a computer now and then rolling back to Windows 7 or 8, you’ll get to keep your original version of Windows, but “reserve” that free Windows 10 license for all your PCs.
That way your PC receives a “digital entitlement.” Basically, Microsoft notes on its servers that your particular PC’s hardware is eligible for Windows 10 going forward.

Once your PC is eligible, it’s always eligible–you can reinstall Windows 10 from scratch and it’ll automatically activate, without you even entering a product key.
Remember, that works just for that one PC you enabled.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Places you dream of
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My bank and a friends bank will no longer support my w 7. They are forcing the upgrade, I am livid as just bought a recon dell 780 w 7 and it will not upgrade. Dell said its not been tested on 780 so forget about it! Soon can't open anything except off w/10. Monopoly!
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:20 AM
 
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My bank and a friends bank will no longer support my w 7. They are forcing the upgrade, I am livid as just bought a recon dell 780 w 7 and it will not upgrade.
Highly unlikely. As stated in a previous thread it's likely a browser version they aren't supporting. Which bank are we talking about?
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