Originally Posted by blutos cousin
I noticed a cool significant change we been waiting for at Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > System Properties > HDWE > Device Installation Settings . i.e. Windows Auomatic driver updates and set mine accordingly ☻ :
I have 2 Win 10 RTM PC's , this dual boot RTM /10565 configuration and Win 7 x64 on the workastation
and 10565 is the only build with this new device installation setting dialog next to the radio button as it stands today .
Hopefully it *actually* works now in Windows 10 ☺
BillyBob, it looks that you are right. I had to test this, have just now finished installing Windows 10 Pro Build 10565, a clean & fresh install on a machine that has never before had any kind of Windows installed and was most certainly not flagged as valid for Windows 10 activation by MS activation servers.
I used a retail Windows 8.1 Pro key for this installation, it was accepted without issues and Windows 10 is permanently activated, partial key showing the generic Windows 10 key although installation and activation was done with a 8.1 Pro key. Anyway, no issues whatsoever, Windows 10 is activated on a new machine with a Windows 8.1 key without any previous Windows installations, qualifying or not.Cbarnhorst, @Wynona, see above, looks you read it wrong.
Yeah that's pretty much how I read it, but hey you never know, lately we've been hearing some funny stuff. This is really good as it will save a lot of headaches that's for sure.
I wonder why MS would give up their profit! If this is true, buy 7 pro out there through distribution is about half or 3/4 price than a 10 pro!
The fact that it now seems to be possible to activate Windows 10 on a clean install, new hardware using a Windows 7 or 8.1 product key does not change the policy MS has chosen in any other way than removing one unnecessary step. For MS it is totally irrelevant how the qualifying OS and its key is used, either first installing the qualifying old OS and activating it with its key, then upgrading it to an activated Windows 10, or letting the consumer do it easier without needing to install the old OS first but instead, use the old key directly on a clean install. The end result is the same, an activated Windows 10.
In that sense, MS is here basically making a big favor for us users, letting us to save time in case we have a qualifying product key, a clean install without the time needed to first install the old OS and then upgrade it.
Another question is then that it also looks that especially the retail keys, both Windows 7 and 8.1 can seemingly be reused. This is the part I do not understand; it looks at the moment that I could install Windows 10 on several virgin computers (= new hardware, never had any qualifying OS) using one and same 7 or 8.1 key. Buy one key, install on 10 computers. That is in my opinion wrong and not as MS had intended. We'll see if this remains as it is now or if it will change.