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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 4
    win 8.1
       12 Aug 2015 #1

    Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip


    Hi guys,
    original win 8 updated to 8.1
    what to do?
    the key from win 8 doesn't work
    tried install from the booting usb, but also can't skip
    tried istalling from the media creation tool, went to 100% and nothing happened. did it 3 times.
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  2. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,604
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       12 Aug 2015 #2

    what version of windows 10 did you download ??
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 4
    win 8.1
       12 Aug 2015 #3

    Windows 10 pro N x64
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  4. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,212
    Windows 10 IoT
       12 Aug 2015 #4

    If your not running Windows 8.1 Pro, you need 10 Home, not 10 Pro. 8.1 Core gets you 10 Home, 8.1 Pro gets you 10 Pro. "N" means no Media Player? You know that right?
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       12 Aug 2015 #5

    qldeblade said: View Post
    Windows 10 pro N x64
    That's the problem. You need Windows 10 pro for 64 bit without the N. The N means without media player for other countries it isn't licensed in.
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  6. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,340
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       12 Aug 2015 #6

    Enter winver from a elevated command prompt.
    Post resulting output here.

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    This is fromn a Win 7 system but output will be similar.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10
       12 Aug 2015 #7

    qldeblade said: View Post
    Hi guys,
    original win 8 updated to 8.1
    what to do?
    the key from win 8 doesn't work
    tried install from the booting usb, but also can't skip
    tried istalling from the media creation tool, went to 100% and nothing happened. did it 3 times.
    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	30741
    Also, are you upgrading from the Windows update version or the .iso? You have to install the free upgrade from Update before doing a clean install with the .iso. If you don't you need to purchase a product key.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       12 Aug 2015 #8

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Enter winver from a elevated command prompt.
    Just for future reference, winver doesn't need an elevated command prompt. It can even be run just by typing it into search.
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  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 4
    win 8.1
       13 Aug 2015 #9

    Ok, So I am downloading now the win10 x64 pro, without 'N'
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    So the thing is I had windows 7 installed and I didn't do clean install, I have upgraded. Then it was all fine, windows 10 was working it was activated.
    Then I decided to do a clean install because I wanted to have faster pc (it was one year after I bought it and had no reinstalls)
    I waited a day, just to be sure that when I install win10 again it will be in my bios and will know the product key.
    After a clean install it didn't want to activate windows10 for 2 days so I decided to install win7 again and then upgrade it to win10.
    Didn't work, wanted a key. So I installed win8, upgraded it to win8.1 and now I am trying to install on it win10.
    I am so stupid, I should have stayed with win10 when I had it.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       13 Aug 2015 #10

    qldeblade said: View Post
    I waited a day, just to be sure that when I install win10 again it will be in my bios and will know the product key.
    Windows 10 will not write any product key to your BIOS nor will it read Windows 7/8/8.1 keys from bios.
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