Note: Valid at 01/08/2015
When I first got my new desktop machine a couple of years ago, I was a little wary of Windows 8, so I did a dual install of Windows 7 Pro (OEM) as well. Given Xubuntu is my weapon of choice, I had a triple booting machine in the end. Once I sorted Windows 8 out I never went near my Windows 7 install. With the arrival of Windows 10 a few days ago, and with the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7, it didn’t make much sense to have two installs of the same OS running directly, I therefore looked into virtualising my Windows 7, to then upgrade it to Windows 10, which I could then access directly from within Xubuntu, should I need it.
I use Virtualbox.
Did a good hunt around about this, and it seemed OK to install my OEM W7 virtually, given it was on the same hardware, so this was good to go.
Create a new virtual machine, and make sure you choose Windows 10 (x64) as the VM OS, even though you are installing W7, as the W10 install will bork because of there not being any “CompareExhange128”. I generally go with the default settings, but choose a bridged network adapter so the VM is available on my home LAN. You are probably going to need at least a 40GB dynamic hard drive. If you miss this bit, then you may need to increase the size of your vdi later on. I found a good tip for doing this quickly, with snapshots too here
Carry out a normal installation, and once complete take a snapshot (in case of any cockups later on!)
Install all updates, and keep installing and checking for updates until all done.
Take a snapshot
Install Avast Free Antivrius just to be on the safe side.
Take a snapshot
W7 was upto 22GB by this stage
Start>Computer – right Click > Properties
Scroll down and click on “Change Product Key”
Enter Product Key
If this works, fine, if not, like with me, you may have to do phone activation.
I recommend using the smartphone approach as this is a bit easier than having to listen to all the codes. Link provided to me was http://bit.ly/1DW32Hr.
If all goes well you are now activated and genuine. was pleased with this 😉
Take a snapshot
OK, by now we should have a happy W7 install all ready to receive W10. You may need to ensure that your W7 install is on the list to be updated to W10. If so I suggest you use this batch file to check for everything. Let’s go and get W10.
You will need to go to the W10 download area, and choose your flavour (x86/x64) and whether you want USB or ISO. For my virtual machine it was easier to use the ISO.
- Insert the ISO to the virtual CD/DVD drive of your W7 VM, and it should autorun, you can then follow the instructions to install W10.As I was on an almost fresh install of W7, I chose for the W10 install to save nothing from W7It will expect you to have a microsoft account, but you can skip this and just use a local user. After a few reboots and updates (if selected) you should eventually end up with a screen like this:
Wasn’t sure if I needed to but I installed guest additions again, rebooted and logged in. Right clicked on the desktop, chose “Display Settings” and W10 went to full screen
Had to reinstall Avast again, which comes with Chrome Browser
- Checking the size of the install, it had dropped slightly to 21GB, there is a folder in C: called Windows.old which should be deletable, given it is 10GB in size!
- On checking W10 was already activated
Take a snapshot !!
- Now to have a play around with it, and see what all the fuss is about