How to buy a Windows 10 Pro License

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  1.    #51

    AddRAM said: View Post
    Exactly, just leave the MS stick in the box, no need to touch it

    You can buy a 16GB stick for $10
    It is tiny too!
    I have been using an 8GB stick up till now. 1809 isn't bigger than all the others is it?
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       #52

    TV2 said: View Post
    AddRAM said:
    You can buy a 16GB stick for $10
    I have been using an 8GB stick up till now. 1809 isn't bigger than all the others is it?

    No, it's just that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere you could buy an 8GB stick these days


    The dual 64/32 bit 1809 install media as made by the Media Creation Tool is 6.74 GB.
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  3.    #53

    That's good, thanks.
    I still have many older sticks, 2GB, 4GB, and 8s. One of them is the dedicated W10 stick. Although, embarrassingly, it probably has 1709 on it now .
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       #54

    Your plan looks good. Just do as others have said. Take an 8GB stick and create thru Media Creation Tool. Install and use your new key. Think of the MS stick as the OEM (not literally) Recovery Partition that would come with a new machine. Leave it all comfy tucked away for emergency only.
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       #55

    TV2 said: View Post
    I still have many older sticks, 2GB, 4GB, and 8s. One of them is the dedicated W10 stick. Although, embarrassingly, it probably has 1709 on it now .
    The 2GB are too small for a Windows installer, but the 4GB may be just large enough for the MCT to make a single 'bits' install usb. 1809 (x64) is 3.9GB, 1809 (x86) is 2.9GB.

    I have just unearthed my oldest usb stick - a whole 1GB (and still working). The best use I've found for such small USBs is for my Macrium recovery media. However you make it, it's always smaller than 1GB.
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       #56

    Bree said: View Post
    The 2GB are too small for a Windows installer, but the 4GB may be just large enough for the MCT to make a single 'bits' install usb. 1809 (x64) is 3.9GB, 1809 (x86) is 2.9GB.

    I have just unearthed my oldest usb stick - a whole 1GB (and still working). The best use I've found for such small USBs is for my Macrium recovery media. However you make it, it's always smaller than 1GB.
    Oh! I just ran across an old 4GB stick, Bree! It looks different than everything else I have, so I'm gonna dedicate that one to MR Recovery Media! Thanks for the hint!
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  7.    #57

    What I didn't see anyone ask or suggest is what OS the OP is coming from. You can still upgrade for free.

    I did that a few months ago from win7 pro to win10 pro. Used the media tool to put it on a USB stick. I wanted a clean install, so first I upgraded to get the activation, then did a clean install. Full disclosure: I've been through a few upgrades to get to 1803 but I'm now having an issue with 1809 but I'm convinced that has mostly to do with trying to keep a laptop I bought in 2006 going.
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  8.    #58

    Wynona said: View Post
    Oh! I just ran across an old 4GB stick, Bree! It looks different than everything else I have, so I'm gonna dedicate that one to MR Recovery Media! Thanks for the hint!
    I still have a 128M stick. I use it to keep all my password reset files.
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  9.    #59

    spokey said: View Post
    What I didn't see anyone ask or suggest is what OS the OP is coming from. You can still upgrade for free.

    I did that a few months ago from win7 pro to win10 pro. Used the media tool to put it on a USB stick. I wanted a clean install, so first I upgraded to get the activation, then did a clean install. Full disclosure: I've been through a few upgrades to get to 1803 but I'm now having an issue with 1809 but I'm convinced that has mostly to do with trying to keep a laptop I bought in 2006 going.
    Yes I could install one of my legal copies of W7 from the family pack and then upgrade.
    But I prefer not to do an upgrade install, among other reasons.
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    TV2 said: View Post
    Yes I could install one of my legal copies of W7 from the family pack and then upgrade. But I prefer not to do an upgrade install, among other reasons.

    You can do a clean install by entering a valid W7 key, you know...
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