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Old 21. Jul 2015, 03:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Win 7 OEM would like it on two hdd so I can boot from both

"I have Win 7 64bit. OEM. I have C 500g D 350g plenty free of space. CAN I make both
drives boot ? So when win 10 is ready I can download to D drive and dual boot. I want to check It out. thanks.
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Old 21. Jul 2015, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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does your PC have the ability to boot each HDD separately - in BIOS ?.

if not - you will have to install a boot manager.

what you could do - is to clone C: to D: drive,
then install a boot manager to choose between the HDDs.

then let the D: drive "update"
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Hello Barry, and welcome to the forum.

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CAN I make both drives boot ? So when win 10 is ready I can download to D drive and dual boot.
I don't understand what you are getting at. Can you elaborate? If you buy a license for Window 10 then you should be able to install it on a separate partition and dual boot. Is that what you want to know?
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Old 22. Jul 2015, 10:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think he wants to try out Windows 10, before he decides to make it his main OS on drive C. Atleast, that's my guess.

Barry, welcome to the forum.
Whatever you decide to do, please take a full backup of your important files and folders on the computer.

Also, just to let you know, in case you decide to install Windows 10 (or any other OS for that matter) in your drive D, it will be formatted before the OS is installed, so again, make sure you know this, and you backup the files on that drive/partition.

Don't think Windows 10 will be available as a separate download, other than upgrade, for free.. so you will have to install Windows 7, and then upgrade it to Windows 10.
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Old 22. Jul 2015, 07:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you might be able to make a partition then install windows 7 to it as well and upgrade it

I might try that too, or just run it inside a virtualbox


But I'm curious if we have to reformat computer later on, will we be able to upgrade to 10 again after the upgrade period? Or do we get a windows 10 key when we upgrade then install windows 10 via iso and use that key?
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But I'm curious if we have to reformat computer later on, will we be able to upgrade to 10 again after the upgrade period? Or do we get a windows 10 key when we upgrade then install windows 10 via iso and use that key?
I remember reading an official Windows' blog by Terry Myerson where he explained that you would be able to do a clean install of Windows 10 but you must have upgraded to it first. I'm sorry, I can't find the blog at the moment but I'm pretty certain that's what he said.

As for license keys, apparently users who upgraded won't get any such key. You can read more about it in this article: https://www.thurrott.com/windows/win...-on-an-upgrade.

I know the article and its source isn't really unofficial but I think everyone is trying their best to find answers. It's really unfortunate that we are so close to Release and yet we have to be scrambling all over to find answers. Unless it's intentional, Microsoft is doing a really poor job at communication.

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Sorry, I meant to say "I know the article and its source aren't really official..."
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Old 31. Jul 2015, 02:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I suppose the OP is long gone, nevertheless, I believe the following information may be of interest to some users.

Honestly, I never thought it would be possible to upgrade to Windows 10 and still continue to run the version of Windows you upgraded from. However, this this article from AskVG describes how achieve exactly that. I suppose it serves me right for being too sure about how things work. Mind you, I cannot swear by the article. Try at your own risk.
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Haha... nice article Joe . That was just a simple trick... anyone could have thought of it, sometime or the other. Once you have upgraded and made an installation media of the copy of Windows 10, then you can install it anytime (as long as it is on the same hardware), and can install the previous OS too, if you have the installation media for that too.
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