1.    06 Aug 2015 #1
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    win 7/10

    win10 install


    I have win 10 installed on this hdd. I am trying to install on another hdd from a disk/thumb drive that I downloaded from ms site (upgrade from win7) and when it ask for a product key I gave the win 7 id but it says it is not a legal one. What gives, I thought you could upgrade win7 to win10 using the setup given. The product key is legal , I use it on a hdd with win7.
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  2.    06 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help


    First note:
    Note
    If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, select Upgrade this PC now in the tool.
    Then click on "If you choose to create installation media" at the bottom of the webpage linked above.
    Then click on "How to perform a clean installation of windows" at the bottom again

    Warning

    If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, you need to use the Upgrade this PC now option. If you haven't upgraded to Windows 10 yet and perform a clean installation, you'll need to enter a product key or buy a license in order to activate Windows 10.

    If you format a drive partition during installation, any data on the partition will be erased. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.
    In addition, if you are using the same Windows 7 key on two different hard drives (for two different computers) to get Windows 10 for two different computers you are likely violating the law (unless you have a family pack license, like I had).

    You cannot just use a Windows 7 key and enter it into Windows 10 upgrade/setup. You have to be doing the upgrade from a properly and legally licensed, activated and running Windows 7 that you run the upgrade from.
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  3.    06 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    win 7/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help


    First note:


    Then click on "If you choose to create installation media" at the bottom of the webpage linked above.
    Then click on "How to perform a clean installation of windows" at the bottom again



    In addition, if you are using the same Windows 7 key on two different hard drives (for two different computers) to get Windows 10 for two different computers you are likely violating the law (unless you have a family pack license, like I had).

    You cannot just use a Windows 7 key and enter it into Windows 10 upgrade/setup. You have to be doing the upgrade from a properly and legally licensed, activated and running Windows 7 that you run the upgrade from.
    This copy (10240) was installed using windows update(s) on a clean (new) hdd from 3/4 builds back, not on a win7 hdd, and yes I do have the family pack of 3 of win7 so can I install onto another hdd and still be legal , can I clone and be legal?
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  4.    06 Aug 2015 #4
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    Quote Originally Posted by robert View Post
    This copy (10240) was installed using windows update(s) on a clean (new) hdd from 3/4 builds back, not on a win7 hdd, and yes I do have the family pack of 3 of win7 so can I install onto another hdd and still be legal , can I clone and be legal?
    The only way that the free Win 10 upgrade will activate is if you install it as an upgrade over a qualifying OS (Win 7, 8). I believe that it has to be an upgrade of the "keep everything" kind. There are other restrictions: same language, same bitness (32 or 64), etc.

    Once you've activated once, you can clean install and activate on the same hardware. No Win 10 key is provided,or needed.
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  5.    06 Aug 2015 #5
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    win 7/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    The only way that the free Win 10 upgrade will activate is if you install it as an upgrade over a qualifying OS (Win 7, 8). I believe that it has to be an upgrade of the "keep everything" kind. There are other restrictions: same language, same bitness (32 or 64), etc.

    Once you've activated once, you can clean install and activate on the same hardware. No Win 10 key is provided,or needed.
    The copy I am using (10240) has been installed on a new hdd and has been activated , after agreeing to the (memory went blank) , again-can I clone leagaly
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  6.    06 Aug 2015 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by robert View Post
    The copy I am using (10240) has been installed on a new hdd and has been activated , after agreeing to the (memory went blank) , again-can I clone leagaly
    Yes, you can have up to 3 legal copies of Windows 10, and cloning is legal. However, as soon as you boot that cloned hard drive in a different computer, Windows 10 will deactivate because it will determine during boot that it is not in the computer it was originally installed on. Then you will have to install Windows 7 on that computer, make sure Windows 7 is activated and then upgrade to Windows 10.

    So feel free to clone Windows 10 twice and stay legal - but you won't be able to use it for very long on a different computer. You can also clone Windows 7 twice, activate the cloned Windows 7 on the new computer, and then upgrade to Windows 10 and activate Windows 10.

    But, as long as you want it on three different computers, you have to start with Windows 7 on each computer and upgrade each one individually.
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