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  1.    22 Jun 2016 #11
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3

    To Clean install wo upgrading, you need GenuineTicket.xml generated on an activated qualifying system.
    But you had a raw HDD.
    You could try the old HDD and generate the xml file, then put that on the install media
    replace the old HDD with the new HDD and follow
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums


    You could Activate Windows 10 by phone

    Navy might have a method I'm not aware - he often does (or reminds me of one I've forgotten)
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  2.    22 Jun 2016 #12

    Hi Bart and LCDR,
    Take a look at this that LCDR and alpha were involved and tell me what's different.

    Clean install fails activation
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  3.    22 Jun 2016 #13
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5,874
    Windows 10 Pro

    Without knowing what error is received when the product key is attempted to be changed, it's hard to troubleshoot further. More than likely, though, Windows 7 will have to be installed temporarily and activated with the product key from the sticker. The sticker should activate just regular Windows 7, it doesn't have to be the manufacturer's recovery disks. Then grab the genuineticket.xml file to activate the Windows 10.
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  4.    23 Jun 2016 #14

    As I remarked earlier, owner found recovery discs and I reinstalled Windows 7 on the new drive.
    It installed activated as is normal for recovery, either from discs or HDD recovery.
    I then just upgraded to 10 with no problem.
    This is normal.
    I'm still curious as to why I couldn't do the clean install as I've done many times without a problem activating.
    Oh well.
    Thanks for all the help.
    And we didn't need Brink.
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