1.    03 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 27
    Windows 7, 8.1, 10

    Windows 10 Upgrade Install CD Key and/or boot requirements

    I tried to install Windows 10 Pro 32 using a DVD .. and, booting from the DVD.
    When I got to the point where the Key was needed, it didn't accept the key.
    (I used the Windows 7 Pro 32 key that the machine already had for lack of any other).
    I read something that suggested one must do this from within Windows. So, I did that.
    It didn't ask for a key and it worked.

    Yet, I wonder if the other process should have worked?
    The machine is an MS Refurbisher build of Windows 7 on an original Vista machine.
    Here is the Belarc Advisor info:

    The footnote to the first one says:

    This seems a bit odd because the Product Key with "OEM" lines up with the DVD Key I was using. Yet, it appears to say Microsoft - Internet Explorer.
    The one lined up with Windows 8.1 Professional isn't one that I recognize at all.

    Should one be able to install by booting from the Windows 10 DVD?
    Does the fact that it's a Refurbisher install matter? (Presumably that's just a newer OEM install).
    Does the fact that it's based on an OEM Vista system matter?
    Is there a better tool than Belarc Advisor?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Windows 10 Keys.jpg   Windows 10 Keys2.jpg  
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  2.    03 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 321
    Windows 10x64 14936

    You can clean install by booting; upgrade must be done within the OS. Need to upgrade prior to doing a clean install. When asked for a key just skip that step and it should activate upon boot.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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