W10 download or by w10 DVD?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Rod Bishop, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. Rod Bishop

    Rod Bishop Member

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    I'm going to buy W10 on DVD or try the free download. I know I must have W7 in place to download W10 but, If I buy the W10 DVD can I install it on another PC with Vista or XP.

    Or to get W10 I must have W7 or earlier?
    I have several old PCs I'm trying to keep up to date in case of a crash or problem, I can just swap PCs and keep things going without a hitch.
    Thanks
     
  2. Okedokey

    Okedokey Well-Known Member

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    All W7 machines should update to Win 10 with this tool. It will inform you of any issues.
     
  3. Rod Bishop

    Rod Bishop Member

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    Will the W10 DVD work on XP or Vista?
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes as you would have to wipe and install fresh anyway.
     
  5. Okedokey

    Okedokey Well-Known Member

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    you cannot upgrade without a fresh install from anything earlier than Windows 7 as far as i know.
     
  6. lccrocks

    lccrocks New Member

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    The Windows 10 might not work on old computers. Better put the computer specs in here for verification.
     
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  7. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    As a safe rule anything that came with XP will not run 10. Vista based machines typically won't either without some work on the driver front and can be hit or miss. If you're on either of these aged platforms and really earlier 7 era stuff, you just need a new machine. Installing 10 is asking for problems.
     
  8. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    Windows 7 does NOT need to be installed in order to install Win 10. All you need is the Win 7 license key (and that's only needed in order to activate). Just do a clean install using the MS Media Creation tool and enter the Win 7 license key when prompted.
     
  9. lccrocks

    lccrocks New Member

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    One thing to note is that you have to input a license key before downloading via microsoft.com. However, you can use those tricks/tools to download any Windows ISO without limitation, such as Heidoc and rufus.
     

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