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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       29 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows Asking for Product Key I Don't Have


    I completely cleared a old PC and installed Windows 10. I had downloaded the ISO and burned it on a disk. I installed it on the PC, and during the installation it asked for a key. I clicked the "Skip" button. Now after I shut it off and back on, in the bottom right corner is says to activate windows in the settings. I go to the settings, and I says I have a bad key. I click on "get new key" and it asks for my current key. I don't know what my current key is. It said that since I installed with a disk (it thinks this is a purchases verison of 10) I should have a key on the package. I don't have any Activation Keys! Help ASAP!
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  2. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 20,784
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       29 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello, Kamel. Welcome to the forum.

    Windows 10 is only free as an upgrade. What OS did you wipe?
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       29 Aug 2015 #3

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Hello, Kamel. Welcome to the forum.

    Windows 10 is only free as an upgrade. What OS did you wipe?
    I had Windows 7, but it was broken and didn't let me install anything.
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  4. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 20,784
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       29 Aug 2015 #4

    Kamel said: View Post
    I had Windows 7, but it was broken and didn't let me install anything.
    Oh? Broken so far as how?
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       29 Aug 2015 #5

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Oh? Broken so far as how?
    I cleared the PC when I installed windows 10 with the cd. Windows 7 being broken isn't the problem. Can you help me with the problem?
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  6. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 181
    Windows 10
       29 Aug 2015 #6

    I did the same thing.

    You need to reinstall Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10. After you have activated Windows 10 online, you then do a clean install.
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  7. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 20,784
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       29 Aug 2015 #7

    Kamel said: View Post
    I cleared the PC when I installed windows 10 with the cd. Windows 7 being broken isn't the problem. Can you help me with the problem?
    Windows 7 being broken is a problem. Wiping it caused a bigger problem.

    As Satchmo just stated; You can only get an activated 10 by upgrading from 7 SP1 first. Once that's achieved, then you can fresh install ad infinitum.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       29 Aug 2015 #8

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Windows 7 being broken is a problem. Wiping it caused a bigger problem.

    As Satchmo just stated; You can only get an activated 10 by upgrading from 7 SP1 first. Once that's achieved, then you can fresh install ad infinitum.
    1. How do I get back to windows 7?
    2. Am I still able to use Windows 10 w/o having the activation key?
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
    Posts : 20,784
    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       29 Aug 2015 #9

    Kamel said: View Post
    1. How do I get back to windows 7?
    2. Am I still able to use Windows 10 w/o having the activation key?
    Does your laptop have a recovery partition or recovery disks that came with it or that you made upon very first boot?

    Windows 10 will never activate and personalization is blocked in it by fresh installing.
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  10. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       29 Aug 2015 #10

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Does your laptop have a recovery partition or recovery disks that came with it or that you made upon very first boot?

    You may install 10, but it'll never activate and personalization is blocked in it.
    It wouldn't install if I had the partitions still there. I had to delete both partitions and chose the now empty drive. It wouldn't let me just chose the empty drive w/o deleting.

    So 10 w/o activation is still usable? Will it be usable after the 1 year of free upgrade?
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