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  1. AddRAM's Avatar
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       #11

    I thought if you had a W7 key, you can use that to activate W10, no need to install 7, Yes, No ??
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       #12

    AddRAM said:
    I thought if you had a W7 key, you can use that to activate W10, no need to install 7, Yes, No ??
    Clean install, yes. But if you need to retain the installed software then Vista can be upgraded to W7, which can then be upgraded to W10.
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  3. AddRAM's Avatar
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       #13

    Alrighty then But I don`t see him saying that anywhere, unless I missed it.
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #14

    I've done the Vista to Win7 Upgrade then gotten the free Win10 Upgrade over Win7 using MCT, last time was 3 weeks ago.
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  5. Porthos's Avatar
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    Win 10
       #15

    NavyLCDR said:
    Buy a cheap Windows 7 license.
    Cheap and legit are not usually contained in the same sentence.
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  6. sn00ker's Avatar
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    10 pro 64
       #16

    Porthos said:
    Cheap and legit are not usually contained in the same sentence.
    What about free and legit?
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  7. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #17

    Bree said:
    Clean install, yes. But if you need to retain the installed software then Vista can be upgraded to W7, which can then be upgraded to W10.
    Hi folks

    you don't need to install W7 again (or even ist time).

    just enter W7's serial when prompted for serial number or point to .iso if system prompts for qualifying product.

    I think the W7 serial number will be checked by the install process once you have an internet connection and activation of W10 should follow.

    It's a while since I've done this but certainly UPGRADE from W7 works just fine (still free) and then you can install W10 again from scratch -- digital license will have been created.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #18

    Porthos said:
    Cheap and legit are not usually contained in the same sentence.
    If you buy a cheap key and MS don't block it then is any offence being committed?
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  9. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #19

    Steve C said:
    If you buy a cheap key and MS don't block it then is any offence being committed?
    Hi there
    that's a question between you and "your maker". I suppose you have to assume if the source is reliable that the product is legit.

    I don't actually see anywhere on the EULA that a person can't give away a copy of Windows 7 provided that person has uninstalled the program from his / her computer.

    I'm sure I'm not say committing any offence if I give an uninstalled version of W7 away to a charity organisation so the organisation can get a copy of W10.

    Cheers
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  10. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #20

    I posted this a few years ago, it might give you some tips about how to do Vista to 10 upgrade: In-place upgrade - XP to 10 without losing the apps Solved - Windows 10 Forums
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