Can you still upgrade 7 to 10 for free?

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  1. KING19

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    Thats another reason of why doing a clean install of Windows is always recommended. MS forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10 caused more problems than it solved.
     
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    Clean install doesn't help HDD perform smoothly and SSD is recommended.
     
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  3. Rodster

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    Yes you definitely can. I just upgraded my Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny desktop (basically a laptop in a metal box). I went from Windows 10 Home and used a Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade key that I purchased back in 2009 and it's made it's way to several PC's over the years. I assigned it to the ThinkCentre Tiny and it took it no problems.

    Question? Now that I have converted it from Windows 10 Home to Pro, did Secure Boot also get updated? That's the part i'm not sure about without a reinstall. Anyone have info on how Secure Boot UEFI handles Windows 10 upgrades?
     
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    Secure boot is simply a false sense of security. You see, any MSFT signed OS say Ubuntu can be run once signature is validated and shown to BIOS. Only advantage is lower POST time in Secure Boot mode and aside from that no real benefit.
    Secure Boot is BIOS dependent feature aka EFI BIOS manufactured post 2012.

    True but you also carry over the junk like registry problems, driver issues and so on doing the upgrade option, It can even slow down an SSD and a lot worse on an HDD.

    I do a manual cleanup of registry, drivers etc... It runs much better than OEM OS but takes a nose-dive when heavy IO is lauched or fired up, say custom ISO re-mastering etc..
     
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    Windows 7 > 10 is still an upgrade. Lots of updates and most notably the Linux subsystem. A whole lot easier than configuring a dual-boot
     
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  7. Drew1

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    Can you still do the upgrade now? I have an old xps dell desktop from many years ago. It uses windows 7. Can i upgrade to windows 10? I haven't used this computer in a long time... been in closet.
     
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    yes
     
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    If i do this upgrade, will it have bloatware on it? Im curious how would the desktop computer look compared to it now>
     
  10. heliada

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    Well that depends. You will probably have to do a clean install of windows 10, so well... like any other clean windows 10 install? There should be some youtube videos. There might be some driver issues though, for example our old pc could no longer install audio drivers when upgraded (after lots of research we managed to get it to work but it was a pain - the basic microsoft drivers did work but the sound was lower quality). Good luck if you go for it.
     
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