upgrade windows 7 but keeping it?

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  1. migles
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    if i upgrade will i be able to boot windows 7 or go back if i decide?

    i didnt wanted to ruin my current setup.. and i am kinda scared windows 10 will be a headache...
    my computer is not recent.. about 4 or 5 years old... and i had used tweaks like registry hacks and disable services to have a "better experience"

    i wanted to avoid reformatting or cleaning windows 7.. since i lost track of what i done so far and didnt wanted to loose anything...

    and i also have a not legitimate copy, which i am kinda worried windows 10 will know i had used activation tools..
     


  2. Monty Kensicle

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    Windows 7 and beyond can be backed up with built-in tools so if you don't like 10 you should be able to just restore from the backup you made.
     
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    If you do not have a legit Windows 7, what's keeping you from doing that trick again?

    You won't be able to "downgrade" back to Windows 7. You either go for 10 and stick to it, or reinstall Windows 7 from a clean install. I didn't know about the backup-ability Monty Kensicle mentioned, my bad :shy:
     
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    will that backup the whole thing? i never understood what exactly thoose backups "backup" or what not... since i disabled some services and got software settings\cache\temporary files i never understood if thoose are also backed up...
     
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    Go to "Control Panel" change "View by:" to "Small Icons"
    Screenshot 2015-07-29 11.06.13.png
    Then in the new Window click "Create System Image" on the left.
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    A new window will open, it'll ask you where to save the backup. Windows will only save a system image to external media. Once you've picked your destination click "Next".
    Screenshot 2015-07-29 11.06.41.png
    Finally click "Start Backup"
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    Afterwards it should prompt you to create a system boot disc to help restore the system image at boot time, that can be created on disc or flash memory.
     
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    This is the kind of thread I should made yesterday :P

    You can't allocate how much gets backed up, can you?
     
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    thats not what i asked....
    i know how to use it...
    my question was what is backed up, and what is not backed up...
     
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    It backs up the whole system. That's why it's called a System Image.
     
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    ok, thanks people,
    anyway i decide just to upgrade it, backing up the whole thing would take a lot of time and trouble
    the upgrade is fine and everything seems cool

    but there is something that is bothering me, anyone know how to totally remove onedrive and specially OneNote?
    this makes me think about thoose android phones full loaded with crapware impossible to remove...

    in the old days we could go to program and features and remove lots of stuff :(
     
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    At work we use Macrium to backup images to an external harddrive of windows installations. Makes it easier to install an OS on a bunch of the same computer.
     
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    +1 for Macrium. I used it prior to updating, and even though it puts everything in its own proprietary image format, it comes with an option to convert it to VHD which you can mount in Windows.

    Edit: @Xenon Hacks How did you access that? I don't really make use of OneDrive, so disabling it would be really nice.
     
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    i already disabled it but i wanted to really get rid of it..

    how about one note?
     
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    Does MS revoke your Win7 key when it has been upgraded to win10? If not then I guess you could always just reinstall Win7 from dvd and activate.
     
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    Wouldn't it be easier to just dual boot both 7 and 10, or is there any reason you don't want to do that?
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    apparently you can switch back to the previous version WITHIN A MONTH after upgrading...
    i suppose it goes back exactly like i had it..

    not sure if they give me the old key back or a new one\use the 10 one..

    whats what i kinda wanted...
    and its probably what i will do.
    will go back to windows 7, install a fresh 10 in dual boot so i can use the old 7 if i want to..
     
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    No, your old key doesn't get revoked.
     
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    Do you want to remove OneNote from your account, or prevent it from getting installed on newly created accounts too?
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    i want to remove it from the windows itself like you do when you unninstall a program..
    i don't use the account..
     
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    Some people claim they've successfully activated Windows 10 after upgrading from a pirated Windows 7 install, but YMMV.
    You'll be able to revert to Windows 7 for a month after the upgrade, why a month I have no idea.