Questions & Answers
QuestionWill this Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit) be used to upgrade my windows 7 64 bit without losing my programs and files?
- Answer No, This is the system builder / OEM version and is intended / can only be used for installing Windows on a new PC. At the time of writing this (11/3/2017) you can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free through Microsoft.
QuestionI want to upgrade from windows 7 professional to windows 10 home, is this a straight forward process, or do I have to buy upgrade to Windows 10 professional? Can I just do a fresh install of Windows 10 home over my Windows 7 professional?
- Answer This isn't home... It's the pro version. You can chose upgrade or fresh install because this is the full version. I recommend to do a fresh install, just incase you have a virus or a corrupt driver.
QuestionA friend of mine who knows a lot about computers sent me some information that Microsoft in Windows 10 eliminated any way for privacy. That in Windows 10 Microsoft can gather and record ANYTHING that you do on the PC. Is this true?
- Answer Yes they can and do Go to you tube Type Windows 10 privacy settings to stop Microsoft spying
- Answer Windows Pro includes the functionality to connect to networks and domains. Home version does not include that functionality.
- Answer Yes. The product includes a full license for Windows 10, and the media. It does not matter whether or not Windows is already installed on the computer. You can do a new installation of Windows. I purchased this because I had upgraded 32-bit Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free when Windows 10 launched, but I wanted to run 64-bit Windows 10. That requires a new installation of Windows.
QuestionIf I purchase this, can I use the product key to upgrade from Windows 10 Home (64bit) via the Microsoft Store? I have a custom built computer.
- Answer Yes, you can just use the included product key to authorize Windows 10 Pro on a computer that already has Windows 10 installed by another method.
- Answer No, Windows 10 and 10 Pro could only runs on one computer per key code license at a time. The key code and copy right protection is the highest compared with past Windows. Past Windows allowed two computers, a laptop and desktop or a main computer and backup computer. Not with Windows 10 and 10 Pro, because the newest Windows 10 and 10 Pro will only operate on one computer per key code for complete installation.
QuestionCan this product version of Windows 10 be reactivated (ensuring that only one copy is ever used at a time) on different hardware configurations as my computer is upgraded? Is this the full Retail Version of Windows 10 Pro 64 bit? Is it the OEM version?
- Answer I rebuilt my computer changing motherboards. I used this official version to reactivate Windows 10 Pro. I tried several cheaper on-line dealers using "education" licenses. All these licenses had been previously used and did not work. Stay with the official dealers and versions. In the box is a DVD and the license number. If you deactivate this version on the Microsoft site you can the re-activate it on another computer.
- Answer You will need to use cloning software. The process will duplicate everything on the source drive to the destination drive. If you have done this before, then you will know what to expect and what to do, if there are issues. But if you haven't, this process isn't for the faint of heart. It can be a smooth process, but it can also be riddled with problems. It's best to have this done by an experienced person.
QuestionDoes this version support upgrading from an existing Windows 7 Pro installation without having to wipe the drive and start from scratch?
- Answer Yes. This version of Windows 10 is the upgrade to Win 7. It is known as Build 1803. Just insert the disc and follow the instructions.
QuestionIs this Windows 10 Pro an OEM or Full Version? I am building a rig for myself and I would like to run Windows 10 Professional on it, would this be the right one?
- Answer Its a OEM version. However it is a full version of the software. OEM means you cannot seek help from Microsoft. The OEM version requires the installer to provide support to the end user.
QuestionI just bought a new laptop from best buy but it did not have windows 10 pro on it just windows 10 would it be better to send it back or just update it to the 10 pro. I need the 10 pro for my job
- Answer I would look at the cost both ways as well as the time involved in shipping back and forth. I'm pretty sure you know this for yourself now, but I always make sure what the OS is when I'm buying a new system. One word of advice if you purchase Pro upgrade, make sure it's not OEM. I went that route once, it's cheaper. But when I had to replace the motherboard (I think that's what it was), I had to buy another copy of Windows. You can only do a single install with the OEM version.
QuestionI have a laptop with previous version of widows 7 but hard drive is messed up. Can I install a new hard drive and buy a windows 10 pro 64 bit and load it after I put the new hard drive in?
- Answer Yes if your laptop is 64bit. If it is 32 bit you will need a 32bit version. But the 64bit should stil be compatable with 32 bit
QuestionI have windows 7 home 32 bit on my computer can I load windows 10 pro 64 bit over windows 7 home 32 bit ?
- Answer Yes you can, Be sure to back up any data you don't want to lose.
QuestionCan I install Windows 10 Pro on my remote computer (which runs Windows 7 now) with Log ME IN?
- Answer Short answer is no. The installation requires input directly on the computer when it initially begins to load the new os, which would happen before any remote sessions could occur.
QuestionI have Windows 7 Pro at home on two PC's and one laptop. I will be forced to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. I think I'll avoid the "upgrade" download due to many errors/problems. The CD is apparently for ONE device only. How much are additional licences?
- Answer Additional licenses will need to be purchased individually, but regardless of the installation media that comes in the package (CD/DVD/USB Drive), I would recommend you NOT use it and instead download the Windows 10 installation software directly from Microsoft using their Windows 10 "Media Creation Tool" at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 The biggest advantage is that the installation software you download from Microsoft will be relatively current with the latest drivers, updates, and security patches, whereas the installation software that's pre-packaged on CD/DVD/USB Drive is often horribly outdated. What you're really purchasing when you buy this item is the PRODUCT KEY, which you will need in order to activate your Windows 10 software whether you installed it from the included CD or downloaded it from Microsoft using the Media Creation Tool. The Product Key from this item will work to activate one copy of Windows 10 regardless of what method or media you used to install it. With all that being said, and recognizing that what you really need are Windows 10 Product Keys, not the software itself (since you can download it directly from Microsoft), in your case I would recommend buying the upgrade version of Windows 10 and using the product keys from those. The reason is that the upgrade version of Windows 10 is substantially cheaper (typically $99, I believe), and the product keys will work equally well to activate the installation software you download from Microsoft. For your two PCs and a laptop, you're probably looking at about $300 to upgrade all three to Windows 10 (one $99 Windows 10 Pro Upgrade license for each). Hope that helps!
QuestionNow I have Word 10, Xcel, Outlook programs on this computer. When I buy new, will those be included in Windows 10?
- Answer You get Outlook as part of the Mail program on Windows 10 and WordPad as a document creator. Word and Excel are part of Office 365 and not Windows 10.