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    Safeguarding Windows 10 upgrade option

    Windows 10 upgrade download has appeared on my Windows 7 computer for installation, however I am quite happy with Windows 7 and am presently reluctant to upgrade. Apparently the option of the free upgrade will be withdrawn in July which is the easiest way of making a workable copy that could be used to upgrade after that date if I wish, still in a way that leaves all software and files intact as does the presently available upgrade.

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    I don't think anything will change except for the fact that you'll have to pay for the upgrade itself.
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    Not the easiest but you could :
    Make an image backup of your current system.
    Upgrade to Windows 10
    Make a windows 10 image backup
    Restore your current system from the image backup.

    When you are ready to upgrade to Windows 10, you could back up your data and then restore your Windows 10 image. Of course, you would lose any programs you installed in the interim.

    You could also try installing Windows 10 with the media creation tool and see if they give you an option of keeping your programs. You would not need a Product code since you would have been digitally activated the first time you upgraded to Windows 10. Run setup from Windows 7.

    Jerry

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    Or you could stick with W7 until you get your shiny new box,

    cheers, Paul

    p.s. GWX Control Panel will remove the upgrade nag and prevent any forced / unintentional upgrade.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions - I would take an image anyway before upgrading, but it looks as if the best thing ould be to upgrade and try it out, apparently you have four weeks to revert back to Windows 7 without loosing data. As far as a shiny new box is concerned, at 88 my next one is likely to be about 7 foot long.

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    You're tall!

    cheers, Paul

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    How about slotting in a new disk, they are almost being given away on Ebay. Install Win 10, then take it out an put it on a shelf. You may never need to concern yourself with it again. You could arrange for someone to pop it into the 7-foot box in case you need it on the other side!

    David

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