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I used the dvd I made from the. I was prompted twice to enter a key, skipped both times. Checked that W10 was activated when it was all done It was in fact. I upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 through Windows update. And this article mentions, the 7 product key will be changed to 10 product key.

So can I still use that product key to activate 7 or will it only work with 10 now? Your key should work on 7 because it’s a win7 key. But Windows 10 doesn’t need a key, your key is your hardware, that’s what Windows 10 searches, if it matches it will say “oh this hardware was activated before, so it will be activated” that’s why you can just put your windows 10 dvd and clean install without upgrading after you did a first upgrade of course so it would activate your hardware from 7 to If your W10 is running slow I suggest doing a clean W10 install.

Windows upgrades impact your system performance. Tried resetting my pc. While it is better now, still not upto 7’s smoothness. A full clean install is not viable as I have a lot of data to transfer that too without an external hard drive.

Well it seems it’s easier just to Reset and delete all files no? Exactly my thought. Just upgrade to win10 and do a reset without keeping files and settings.

That’s no different than doing a clean install right? This technique doesn’t work. The main issue is that if you use your windows 8. If you skip the product key, you’ll have an un-activated version of windows installed. After talking to Microsoft support, they basically want you to buy windows 10 if you truly want to do a clean installl. Otherwise it’s an upgrade every time.

My suggestion is to do a “fresh” install don’t save any previous files and apps. This shoves your old drive into the windows. Then you can run disc cleanup and remove the windows. Then make an image of your drive for future recovery using your favorite imaging tool.

I’ve not found any other way that works – and i’ve spent well over 3 days now testing different methods. Also confirming what everyone else found – the 2 computers i have upgraded to 10 are showing the same generic key and that key will not work for install.

It does work. You tried to use your 8. You shouldn’t enter any key at all at any point. If you upgraded to 10 from 7 or 8. During a clean install of Windows 10 later on the same machine, the request for Windows 10 product key must be skipped an option is available. Otherwise your machine can’t be activated.

Note: you do NOT need your Windows 8. Click SKIP when it asks you for a key, and when you sign in on the PC with your Microsoft account same one you were already using , Windows 10 will activate automatically, no key required. Exactly, 8. After a true upgrade, MS stores your licence on their server along with your hardware info. If you do a clean installation after the upgrade, the whole activation process is automatic.

You just have to wait. No keys required. It seems that you don’t need to sign in with your MSA as you said, a local account should work too. As Zapella said, your hardware info is what matters. Well I didn’t perform a clean installation, I just used the media creation tool to upgrade to windows 10, and everything is working like a charm, expect for my display adapter driver, which gave me a low resolution, but I solved it after many trials and finally used windows update to download the latest driver, after I uninstalled the previous one, and I even got two additional updates for windows 10 pro.

You actually don’t need the product key. The clean install will activate it automatically, provided you don’t change the hardware. This makes sense Why would Microsoft expect users to extract their key with an archaic 3 rd party program, just to make use of their much advertised free upgrade for the entire populace? Should be easy right? And it is. Handy article, however I would say it would’ve been best not to suggest to delete all the partitions off the hard drive lol Just the partition they wish to install on unless they want to clean the hdd “completely”.

That’s the definition of a clean install: deleting absolutely everything, including partitions. Went the manual route for my laptop running Windows 8. Downloaded the ISO – so I can back that up too for later use if needed – loaded onto a USB stick, and used that to do the in-place upgrade. By the time I made it into Windows 10 settings it was already activated.

Then I turned around and did the the clean install – had already fully backed up and was ready, and I had been planning for a clean install anyway – which interestingly went much quicker than the upgrade. Again, activation was already done by the time I checked on it. Pretty good so far, though the system seems a bit sluggish at times.

Might just be initial shakedown happening, or maybe I need to verify the drivers are current. The mfr has drivers for 7 and 8.

ISO will work fine, just make sure you get your license upgraded to a Windows 10 license by first updating through Windows Update, as mentioned in the article.

In my case, my desktop and laptop currently run W7 Pro 64 bit. Does the USB get tied to that specific machine which a clean install is performed on? Thanks J! In total my household has 5 pcs to upgrade, I’m glad I won’t have to buy 5 separate USB drive for each pc. And they have to be the same language if I’m not mistaken. Did it thanks!

If you do everything right, you’ll never need to use any key at all. You don’t need to know your windows 10 key. Might as well buy Windows 10 Home. Clean install; all the way. Once I get it clean install only thru gimagex wonder if the media creation tool is like w8’s where it’ll decrypt the install esd as folder windows payload as I hate being bored with the long drawn out process that the setup app uses.

Hi All, I did a clean install in the same way as its mentioned in the post except taking the key with Magical Jelly Bean, but after the clean install my Windows is not getting activated. I contacted MS team and got the reply as its due to server slowness issue, but I’m not convinenced becuase its alredy two days my lap in this mode Anyone faced the same issue and got it resolved please post your comments below. As long as you upgraded to W10 first and it showed as activated.

If you tried straight clean install without first doing an upgrade, then the only way I’ve come across for it to work is to rebuild to a clean version of whatever the machine came with don’t waste time on the updates for it either, literally bang on the upgrade from a USB as soon as it’s activated , then upgrade, then clean install at which point it doesn’t need a key as the hwid is registered with MS.

I get the same error code after doing an upgrade of my Windows 10 Developer Preview last night. It was fully updated and activated before I did the upgrade. I upgraded to my own language and it kept only my personal files.

The error code means that the key has been blocked. Same here. Did an upgrade from Win 8. This morning massage pops out that Windows is not activated. It’s must be noted that the requirement to get Windows 10 through Windows Update is only if you want to perform a clean install. If you use the ISO tool to install it, you just skip the cd-key and upgrade the installed OS, then it activates itself from within Windows So it’s safe and fast to just update it with the ISO tool.

Is there any way to recover the Insider activation or something? Exact same issue here. Same with DVDs, is it more than one disc? It does as it has the directories for both. Download it if you need both, and just check the size before dumping to a USB. Upgrade to win 10 then do a reset Or, you can skip all this, go into the new recovery settings and do a full reset and reinstall Windows 10 automatically Does anyone know if I can upgrade to windows 10 from vista using a clean installation?

You can, but your license won’t be upgraded. You will be running a non-Genuine copy of Windows unless you purchase a Windows 10 license key or sign up for the Windows Insider program. The licence wouldn’t matter in this case anyway – it’s Vista so doesn’t get a free upgrade.

So purchase a new licence key or have MSDN or go the insider path, and do a clean install from there. Doesn’t Windows, since Windows 8, have built in Refresh and Restore options, the latter of which basically formats the hard drive and reinstall Windows automatically? Correct me if I’m wrong. Definitely a fresh install for me. New components may be on the cards too. While this is closer to a clean install I don’t consider it completely clean. I don’t lik my OS drives to be quick formatted.

I have not seen that anybody mentioned it, but for all students that have access to free Microsoft software via Dreamspark, you can download Win10 iso, put it on the USB or DVD and install clean copy on your system, like usually You will get a new serial key, independent of your previous downloads Win 7 or 8. During clean install, we would definitely format the previous partition then why we need to first upgrade previous version to Windows 10?

It means during clean install you don’t need to give installation key and windows will be activated by itself. First sorry for my english-I’m from Poland. I done clean installation exactly like you, but I don’t downloaded Windows 10 twice, I only downloaded once and check prepare pendrive.

Why did Edge disappear? Taskbar was unresponsive and I fixed that, but Edge disappeared? It looks like it just uninstalled. I can find the shortcut but it doesn’t open anything.

Please help! So what if I have windows XP. Can’t I install windows 10 by just purchasing windows 10 and installing it after a format of the hard drive. Does an upgrade write this over? Doesn’t matter in my case, yet wondering. The product key is tied to the motherboard bios right? So if I clean install Windows 10 on a new hard drive will it find the product key? How to download “get windows 10 app”. I upgraded to Windows 10 via Windows update but I performed the reinstallation of windows 10 from the settings app and selecting the restore option, choosing to delete everything.

Is this thing giving the same result of the formatting option said in the article? Or maybe there is still some windows 8. Once i upgraded my network connection didn’t work perfectly I try to install the new versions of the drivers for my mother board but it didn’t work Officially I don have internet connection on Windows That’s easy enough BUT what are you all doing about booting off of a thumb drive on a surface pro? Mine isn’t doing it.

For devices with UEFI security you have to set up your usb stick in a different way. Have a look on Google. Even specific ones for the SP3. Sent from mobile. Im interested to know how to clean install win 10 on surface 3 and pro 3.

I called ms and they didnt really provide a solution. I’d like to of course have everything intact so when I do a reset it still works perfectly. Can I use my windows 7 product key, after upgrading and then doing a clean install for win 10? As mentioned by several users above, you don’t need to enter the product key during the clean install after you have performed the upgrade first.

Microsoft may have associated you’re hardware information as licensed. My test procedure: 1. Clean install a Windows 7 with OEM product key on my machine label 2. Upgrade activated Win7 to Win10 using the Windows update method 3.

Format already installed Win10 4. Perform a clean install of Windows 10 with USB 5. Do not enter skip any product key during the installation process 6. After the installation is completed, Windows 10 is already activated. I already did an upgrade of my Windows 8. So if I do a fresh install of Windows 10 in this machine, I need to use my key for Windows 8.

Can I also use this new cd key to make a fresh installation of Windows 10? You do not use your key from 8. After the upgrade, make sure that the upgraded W10 is activated. Once activated, you can then do a clean install of W10, and when asked for a key simply skip entering it. Once the clean install is completed, it should already be activated. Because the activation server will recognize your hardware and activate it. Changed your hardware?

I just did a factory reset and windows 10 upgrade was automatic. Works perfectly I dnt get update but tray r showing. My windows 10 desktop update is stuck on “preparing for installation.. It has been stuck there for over half an hour. Can anyone help me? What could be the issue? I think during installation you can choose to download updates for the installer or not. Try ‘don’ t download updates’? What helped me was disabling the network adapter or turning off and on your wireless connection it should resolve the issue.

This article is hugely confusing. So, you have to upgrade to windows 10 first via windows update, then download the ISO and select ‘ upgrade this pc’. That’s not what the article says. Step 1: you need a win8 or win7 installation with a valid key Step2: you update through windows update to win Step 3: win 10 will then activate and your win10 activation will be linked to your hardware you can forget about your win7 or win8 key Step 4 optional : if you want to do a clean installation, you have to create a bootable usb stick or dvd so that you can start the installation during boot-time.

There you choose the ‘Custom’ installation, not the upgrade. Step 5: during installation, you will be asked for an activation key. You skip this. Step 6: after the installation, win10 will automatically activate because it knows you have a valid activation key for this hardware setup it got that from your upgrade before.

So if you never did an upgrade, you don’t have a win10 activation and you can only do a clean install of win10 if you’d buy a win10 activation key. Now, how do you fix that? If you’re unable to complete this step, look at “edit 5” down below 2. Now, run the command prompt as an administrator.

Type in “wuauclt. EDIT: For those who still have issues, several users reported that setting their time forward to the First of August for example and then doing the above steps again helped them resolve the issue. Just be cautious that you want to do an upgrade, not a clean install!

If you do a clean install, Windows 10 will not activate. You would need a new product key for that. Once you’ve completed the upgrade and checked that Windows is activated, you can do a clean reinstall if necessary. Now, ain’t that an accomplishment? EDIT 5: If you’re unable to delete the contents of the folder due to them being in use, try the following: 1. Run the command prompt as an administrator.

Type in “net stop wuauserv”. You should see a message indicating that the Windows Update service has been stopped. Now, go back to the folder and now you should be able to delete all its contents. Go back to the command prompt and this time, type in “net start wuauserv”. This time, the message will tell you the Windows Update service has been started.

Go back to step 2 in the original post. So, I in order to upgrade I have to install Windows 7 I got with my notebook, then upgrade to Windows 10, and then do a clean Windows 10 install again?

This is absurd. I know, right. I had to download Windows Just wow. That’s like all day work. I will probably wait until somebody figures this out. How To install it on a mac? I dont have a product key Help anybody???? I downloaded a build iso image about 3.

I need to know if this upgrade method will yield a full version of windows Yes, you can use that for the upgrade. It will install sole updates after that but in the end you’ll have a fully up-to-date win10 setup.

A clean install would still be safer but one of my pc’s was set up like this and no issues with stability and performance so far. I have a Toshiba Encore 8 inch tablet that came with Microsoft Office. Can you let me know how i can get Office backed up so I can install that after the clean install? I don’t know if there are others in the same boat but it will be very helpful.

I wanted to do a clean install but once I upgraded, there was really no need for it. Works great. Though on a x resolution there are glitches with text and app sizes, but not terribly bad But which version should I choose if I have 32 bit os with x64 processor. A pc with x64 processor can run both x86 or x64 windows. However best choice would be the x64 version. Always check if there are x64 drivers for your hardware printer, scanner, soundcard, graphics card How we get windows 10 key.

If you already have a win7 or win8 installation you don’t need a win10 key. If not, you can buy win10 and that will give you a win10 key. How do I get a windows 10 product key? Yes but I have windows But not activated How do I get a windows 10 product key?? Thanks for the reaction btw ;. Did a clean install. And for the first time EVER, I had a problem with bloody Windows not recognizing the property of the files in my external drives. Problem solved with a couple of lines on CommandPrompt and Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3 but still annoying.

I have upgraded two machines PC and notebook for Windows 10 and both use the same product key. I’m in the same situation. The thing is that you don’t need your W10 key for you pc anymore.

Once your machine is activated on windows 10, is in the mcrosfot database and your windows will be activated automatclly after installation. Just click “skip” button next time when asks you for product key when installing OS. Thanks tomaszporys! I want to upgrade to windows 10 from vista and I will download windows 10 from Microsoft insider. I wonder if I still need a product key to activate windows 10 and how do I get a product key?

You need to buy a product key since you want to perform a license upgrade. Just check on their website and you should easily find the product page where you can purchase one. However, since your computer is from Windows Vista, I recommend you to check the minimum requirements for Windows 10 since it I suppose that you are using a really old computer. Hi, please help me. I had a Windows 8.

Is that right? Or will I be in trouble in the future? I have already activated Windows! Thank you! In theory shouldn’t work. But if it works, enjoy:. Hm, but I am scared. Should I clean install Home version? It’s Microsoft’s job to take care about acttivation process,not yours! If OS is from legal soruces like Microsoft’s servers in this case and its succesivelly activated, Microsfot automaticly confirms that You have legitamete copy of the Operating System.

That’s my thinking. Otherwaise it wouldn’t make sense and the whole activation process would be worthless. I followed the steps but when I finish entering the Key. The message tell me this key does not work. I extracted the key of windows 10 home after upgrade.

I created the image on an usb drive. You don’t need to insert the product key. Since you are using a product key that is already used your existing PC is using it , it will say that it is already used. However, since the activation is based on the hardware meaning that you have the same motherboard, the same CPU and GPU, etc.

It took me 15minuts to perform clean installation on my laptop! What about pirated versions of windows users? How to make the upgrade? I guess I’m a lucky one. I found not reason to do a clean install. Been running W10 since the TP began and it works great. Can anyone tell me how should I upgrade to Windows 10? Is there any advantage in being an Insider while upgrading? I also have Windows 8.

I skipped the reservation for 8. Now I want to do a clean install. What will be the status of activation in my PC then? Thanks, Kvaibhav I upgraded to W10 first and don’t have the product key anymore for the clean installation. Installation just loops when booting it from the USB. Any suggestions? Remove the pendrive. I did the upgrade from windows 8 to windows 10 manually and it was successful and the windows was activated.

When i did a clean install using an. Did you try to run the License Troubleshooting? Hi i’m running windows 10 home single language now.. I want to reset the pc it says “if your pc isn’t running well resetting it might help. This lets you choose to keep your filesor remove them, and then reinstalls windows”.

Does this process ask me the product key afer the reinstallation of windows please help me. A “fresh start” from Windows Security doesn’t usually require a product key. Open Internet Explorer. Is there any way to set Store apps to automatically restore after a clean install. Like to restore all store apps along with the settings which were there before I initiated the clean install? I reinstalled windows at the same time I did stuff to my bios and the day Microsoft’s authentication servers broke.

Since I had an upgrade from 7 to 10 and then school gave me an upgrade to Education Pro, I can’t authenticate my install anymore since I can’t use the windows 7 key.

So Yay my luck. But that’s been fixed now. Have used this tool frequently since its launch. Now, surprise! No selection of USB location is offered. It just wants to write to C:, which has not enough space, so only option given is Close. Mauro Huculak: Nice Guide! You can sign up for your desired version later during the Decide installation yet.

There are several ways to burn a bootable DVD to Windows, we show First, the simplest function that can be used directly from the system. From version Windows 7 it is very easy to create a bootable DVD with the to burn in-house tools.

Please be patient, the website loads very slowly. Attention: The USB stick will be deleted completely! If there is important data on it, be sure to copy it to another location. The bootable USB stick is created. This can take a few minutes.

Or did method 3 not work? We show you how to do it here. NET components are installed here, which may no longer work. Select the ISO file that you want to put on the stick and confirm the entry.

Rufus automatically makes the correct settings. You must also know that all data on the stick will be deleted. So make sure to backup the data if there is any on it! Now you have to get your PC to boot from it and start the Windows 7 installation process. Regardless of whether you want to start from a DVD or a bootable USB stick, you must first tell the computer that it should boot from your medium, otherwise it will simply boot the system that is already installed.

Now it is important that you get into the so-called BIOS. The possibility to get into this only appears briefly during the start-up process. The request can e. After you have successfully followed the above steps, your system will now boot and is in the process of installing the system.

Here is a series of options that we will now go through together:. The latter will delete all data if you install it on an existing partition.


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To download Windows 10 Pro ISO, get Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from the Download Windows 10 page and run it. Step 1: Double-click the exe. Select the tab for your computer’s operating system below, then follow its installation instructions. Linux Mac Windows. Remove any previous Go installation by. (To purchase the installation DVD, contact Microsoft.) Windows 10 clean install is designed for specific business users and the operating system and user.

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