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01-15-2020 06:28 PM
I have upgraded a number of desktops and laptops from Windows 7 pro to Windows 10 Pro over the past year. I would be inclined to ignore the Windows 10 install DVD that came with the pc. The Windows 10 image that is on it could be a version or more old. Once it is installed, there will be a lot of time consuming updates required. Instead I would go to the Microsoft web catalog (just google on "latest Windows 10 iso file") and download the most recent Windows 10 Pro image(iso file) and burn that either to another DVD or better to a usb drive. That will require less time for updates. Once you have created your windows 10 install media, start the pc normally and let it boot into window 7. Once it has completed, insert your install DVD or usb drive, find the setup.exe file on the install media and click it to open. That will start a Windows 10 install process. It will do some checking and then offer you the choice of upgrading your Win 7 to Win 10 (keep all your files and programs) or do a clean install(wipe out everything on your pc and install windows 10. I normally chose the former - upgrade to Windows 10, keeping all your data and applications. The process will then follow the normal Windows install steps (copy file, install features etc) and after an hour or so and a reboot or two your pc should be upgraded to Windows 10. Its a fairly straightforward procedure, completely legal and allowed, and when done your pc should show that your new version of Windows 10 is already activated.
One word of caution - I always make a full backup (normally an image backup using a tool such as Acronis) of any pc before I do any major upgrades or changes. If you do run into problems, you just have to restore your backup image. That being said, I've followed this Windows 10 upgrade method on over a dozen computers without any issues or need to recover.
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