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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10
       30 Jul 2015 #1

    After Upgrading to windows 10


    I have upgraded from windows 7 Ultimate to windows 10 pro. It all upgraded without problems & shows its activated. Now I want to make a ISO of the media so I can do a fresh install from scratch but I have a problem, I can't seem to find out what my new Product key is. I googled around & they suggest using a 3rd party key finder but to be honest I don't like using tools like that.

    From reading pre release news & articles from microsoft & so on. We can download the ISO to install fresh but we need to upgrade first to enable to key. What key? I have tried to use my original Windows 7 key but it wont accept it so I presume on upgrading we are issued with a new unique product key for future installations of windows 10, but where & how do we obtain it?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       30 Jul 2015 #2

    You should be able to clean install and skip the step to enter a key and Windows will activate automatically.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10
       30 Jul 2015 #3

    So how will Microsoft know its me? What if I have 2 systems with identical hardware, how will MS know which is which?

    Do I have to create a ISO from the system I want it to be installed on? Because I created a DVD ISO from the ms download link from my main system & I upgraded my laptop 8.1 to windows 10. How do I do a fresh install on the laptop as I tried using the 8.1 key but it wont accept. I wiped the HDD on the laptop so how can I do a fresh install without a product key linked to the laptop from where I originally upgraded & then wiped?

    This all a bit confusing as I would of thought MS would of presented you with a key during the upgrade or activation process but nothing.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       30 Jul 2015 #4

    VsUK1981 said: View Post
    So how will Microsoft know its me? What if I have 2 systems with identical hardware, how will MS know which is which?
    The same way they knew when 8 was reinstalled on the same hardware.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10
       30 Jul 2015 #5

    It makes no sense to me because I loaded the windows 10 DVD I got from the microsoft media creation tool & it wont let me beyond the enter key screen! The next button isn't highlighted!
    Last edited by VsUK1981; 30 Jul 2015 at 16:08.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 HPremium
       30 Jul 2015 #6

    From Microsoft site Windows 10

    If you will be installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx).

    I understood that the key is the original Win 7, 8 or 8.1 key
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10
       31 Jul 2015 #7

    Megahertz said: View Post
    From Microsoft site Windows 10

    If you will be installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx).

    I understood that the key is the original Win 7, 8 or 8.1 key
    But I wouldn't be installing windows for the first time. I have already upgraded & now I want to install windows 10 on my new SSD for the laptop for which I waited for windows 10 to be released rather than installing my windows 7 pro to then upgrade & have to mess with conversion problems. I would rather install fresh & have everything from the start. So how can I do this if after upgrading from 7 to 10 & my original windows 7 key wont allow me to progress on a fresh install!
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       31 Jul 2015 #8

    Because 10 won't accept a 7 key. It's been stated numerous times you clean install on the exact same hardware. Not a clean install after installing a new drive and trying to enter a product key for a different OS.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10
       31 Jul 2015 #9

    Ok, So what if I upgrade & then do a clean install & then later down the road my HDD dies on me. How to a re install my windows 10? It wouldn't have the same hardware so how would this happen because I don't want to find out I can't install windows 10 anymore because of a hardware failure!
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  10. Joined : Dec 2013
    Cheshire, England
    Posts : 1,422
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       31 Jul 2015 #10

    I was thinking that it would allow a hard drive replacement, i don't know what hardware Microsoft is looking at to determine if it has already been activated but not allowing hard drive swap outs would be a big flaw.

    I could possibly put a new hard drive in a test machine at work to test this next week if i get chance, it will be good to know.
    I have a test machine with windows 10 upgraded / activated so i would just need to throw a new hard drive in and do a clean install to test.
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