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Others have already answered the question, but I thought I'd recommend this:
0: Find an empty HDD. (I highly recommend SSD if you can) Yank your current OS drive and replace it with this one.
1: Install Win7 fresh using your current license and spend half a day installing updates. Don't install any other software. Make sure you re-register this fresh Win7 installation.
2: Eventually, you will get the upgrade to 10 offer. Accept it as you have nothing to lose at this point.
3: After Win10 upgrade is done you can start adding your software back.
At this point you have Win10 or Win7 depending on which drive you have plugged in!
This has worked great for me since Dec. of last year. I've only had to go back to my Win7 drive a couple of time and it still works just fine...just much slower than the new SSD! Good luck!
Sounds like a good solution, and I've been wanting an excuse to buy a SSD for a while now. Just ordered one from Amazon (Crucial MX300 750GB), and I should have it tomorrow. Now where did I put that Win7 CD?
You don't need it - get a copy of AOMEI Partition Assistant (the free version is fine) and it has an "Migrate OS to SSD" wizard which does all the work for you. Took about 30 mins on my system and I have had no problems whatsoever since. If you keep your apps and data on separate partitions on the HDD (as I did) then you can also use it later to expand the data partition to fill the whole HDD AOMEI Partition Assistant[^]
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I'm planning something similar. I currently have W7 sitting on a NVMe SSD, and a huge SSHD for data and stuff. I now purchased another SSD, this time a simple SATA drive. Since W7 doesn't take full advantage of the NVMe drive I will copy it over to the SATA drive, then remove it and upgrade the existing NVMe drive to W10.
After that, I can choose to disable the W10 partition in BIOS until I feel like 'upgrading'.
I've also thought to keep the W10 partition active and effectively run a dual boot system, but I'm not sure that would be legal with just one license. Technically, since I have W7 Pro (and would then upgrade to W10 Pro), I would have the right to downgrade any time later. So, when running W10 for any amount of time, I would have the right to switch back to 7. But, do I have the right to always keep that W7 installation ready? I feel I should be allowed to, but I don't feel like digging through the heaps of legalize that are the MS licensing conditions.
Anyone in the know? Can I run a dual boot W7/W10 Pro system with just one license?
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