I don't believe so, no. You'll need to install 7/8/8.1 first, and once activated, then you can do the free upgrade to Windows 10. From that point on, you'll be able to do clean installs of Windows 10 on that computer.
So can I say one key is assigned to one PC?
Like once I get a key I can use it infinitely on a PC right? To do clean installs.
Yes and no. The key is associated with that hardware, so yes, you can do indefinite clean installs on that hardware. But, you need to perform a new upgrade on new hardware to get that hardware associated with the key so it can be clean installed again.
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Actually there is a somewhat grey middle ground.
The activation is tied to your computer using various pieces of unique info that is recorded back inside the dungeons of Microsoft. While no one will say publicly all the pieces of info that are used, typically the exact CPU type and your Network Interface Card/Chips MAC address having been used for quite a while.
This means that if you upgrade some aspects of your computer, the next time you boot it there can be a message saying you are no longer activated. You are directed to contact Microsoft to reactivate. This is what Microsoft calls "substantial upgrades". Thus they do allow you to re-tag your key to a new configuration.
In allowing this to be done Microsoft is trying to balance between not stranding people that make legitimate changes that trip the non-activated state with ensuring there is now way for people to misuse/hijack keys. (Especially the hijack keys aspect).
I have not done this myself recently, certainly not with Windows 10.
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No, most likely not. Once Windows boots on new hardware, it trips the activation status. In the past, if it is a retail license, it would reactivate online. If not, some have been able to reactivate with a phone call.
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