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Windows 10 Fresh Install from Windows 7 Upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows 10 Help' started by nabed4t, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. nabed4t

    nabed4t Established Techie7 Member

    Hey everyone,

    I was wondering if there was a special way to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on a new PC that I'm building. A while ago I took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, will I need to install Windows 7 on the new PC and upgrade like I did last time? Or is there a way to directly install Windows 10?

    Thanks heaps.

  2. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    You can just download Win 10 (to installation media) and install it.

    You'll need to buy a licence of course, unless you are transfering your old one.
    Here's Microsoft, you may find one cheaper if a reseller has a deal on.

    If you won't be using your old machine then it is (usually) possible to transfer that licence to the new one.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2018
  3. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    I agree. To clarify, if your old W7 license was an OEM/System Builders license, and the vast majority were, then your free W10 upgrade is tied to that OEM license and that is NOT legally transferable to a new computer under any circumstances. You will need to buy a new W10 license.

    Only full retail licenses can legally be transferred - and that assumes all previous installations are removed.

    The good news is Microsoft changed the licensing policies with W10. So when you buy the W10 license, they all allow you to transfer them to new computers. So in 3 or 4+ years when you decide to build your next computer, you won't have to buy a new W10 license.

    Remember, just because it is possible to install an old license on a new computer, that does not make it legal.
  4. nabed4t

    nabed4t Established Techie7 Member

    Thanks for the replies. So, I originally upgraded from windows XP years ago to an OEM disc version of Windows 7 I bought off a computer website. Does this mean that I am unable to transfer the licence?

    Thanks again.
  5. nabed4t

    nabed4t Established Techie7 Member

    Just to add to my last post, I checked the box Windows 7 came in, and its a 'System Builder' version, is this the same as an OEM version?
  6. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    Even Microsoft keep changing their minds about 'System Builder' versions over the years.

    But basically as things stand now a 'System Builder' version is tied to the one machine and cannot be transfered. So you will need to purchase a new Windows 10 Licence for your new machine.

    You are not supposed to use System Builder versions for personal use, only if you are selling computers on.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2018
  7. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Correct. And note you agreed to abide by those terms of the license agreement when you installed those licenses on your old computer.
  8. nabed4t

    nabed4t Established Techie7 Member

    Hey guys, thanks heaps for clearing that up. Looks like I'll need to add a new OS to the new build, which I may have to purchase sooner than expected as I've somehow broken the PCI-E slot on my current MOBO when trying to reinsert my GPU.