Why was I not asked for a product key when upgrading to Win 10?  

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  1. Posts : 1,807
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348

    NavyLCDR said:
    What @NeedUpgradeHelp is experiencing now is the same thing that tens, if not hundreds of millions of users experienced with the upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. It is just the standard upgrade with nothing special about it at all.
    Nothing like random consistence, but no surprise with M$.

    I required a Product Key for both a clean install on an old Dell laptop completed months ago and for in-place upgrade of an Acer Aspire laptop I upgraded last month.

    So the OP'er should smile and be happy if his product is successfully activated.
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  2. Posts : 101
    Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    W10 Tweaker said:
    I believe there are some conditions in which a Windows 7 PC will have a Digital License and likely that is what you're experiencing now. If you have a Digital License, your PC is now registered on MS update servers and you should not require a key for updates any longer.

    Check your activation settings and you will likely see this;

    Attachment 263846
    Yes, that's exactly what it says on my computer: "Windows is activated with a digital license"

    Thank you, everyone, for your help and wisdom!
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  3. Posts : 13,321
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home

    One more point, the Update of the Product Key is useful for going from Home to Pro which will require a new key, I've done that with a few of my computers where I had the unused keys from an earlier program by Microsoft. The change doesn't take as long as an install as all the necessary files are on the drive.
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  4. Posts : 32
    XP64 Professional, Windows 7 Ult. Windows 10 Ult

    How did you upgrade? Win7 keys being used on a downloaded ISO no longer work as I discovered a month ago but using the Microsoft Media Creation tool allowed me to upgrade my legit registered and activated Win7 for free and no keys were asked for. It also assigned new product keys to my fresh upgrade of Win10 Pro as well. Magic Jellybean Key finder provided all the info I required.
    After the upgrade I wanted a clean install so I downloaded the ISO and totally erased and reinstalled with the selection of I have no keys being selected to test and it installed and activated. I retested with the keys I obtained with MJ and it was again happy and activated. This PC never had 10 on it before.
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