Solved procedural questions for free w10 upgrade installation

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June 7, 2015 at 15:45:21
Specs: windows 7 pro 64, 32gb
my normal procedure for upgrades is to clone my drive to a fresh drive and upgrade that new drive, thus preserving the original in case of issues. reverting just requires a drive swap.

as i understand it, though, the free w10 upgrade downloads itself for the install. how should i manage this while maintaining my normal procedures? should i let the download proceed on the original drive, then clone and install? is that possible? will i know where the download is? can that download be moved or managed in any ways like that?

sorry for all the questions but, while i'm very pleased with this basic approach that ms is taking here, i do find it a bit confusing. i'm used to having media to work with. i suppose that brings up another question: can the download be burned to a disk or other media? anybody have any tips on any of this?


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June 7, 2015 at 17:03:00
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According to THIS official Microsoft FAQ dated June 7, 2015, you can download a .ISO file and upgrade each computer offline. The ISO should be available by the time Windows 10 launches. The ISO must be burned to a DVD for the Windows 10 installer to work. Look HERE for instructions for burning ISO to DVD disc.


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June 7, 2015 at 17:55:00
thanks, XpUser. very helpful, though, questions remain. now the question seems to be whether or not settings have to be changed in windows update so i don't wind up downloading w10 twice, once as an iso and again through windows update. i posted that question in the comments at the end of this page, which was linked in the faq you linked to:

thanks again,

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June 7, 2015 at 18:44:17
One thing I'm not clear about is what happens to the previous OS product key (COA) after the upgrade.

For instance, I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit. When I upgrade, I'll be getting Win10 Pro 64-bit. If I decide to keep it, no problem. If I decide to roll back to Win7, no problem. But if I were to try to install Win7 onto another system using the old COA, I think there would be a problem because the old COA was "traded-in".

If that's the case, you would probably have the same problem attempting to run a cloned drive with your old OS on it.

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June 8, 2015 at 09:51:59
no intent to run the old drive after the upgrade. it's a backup. only reason i'd use it would be if something was terribly wrong with the w10 installation. ms has been really good about re-activating windows in this kind of situation.

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