1.    31 Aug 2015 #1
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    Clean install help needed; Windows 7 OEM to Windows 10


    Hi everybody;

    I downloaded the ISO for Windows 10 Home 32/64 bit and tried to do a clean install but it didn't accept my Windows 7 OEM key.

    Any idea anyone? I really do not like upgrades, always do clean install.

    Henk
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  2.    31 Aug 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcgear View Post
    Hi everybody;

    I downloaded the ISO for Windows 10 Home 32/64 bit and tried to do a clean install but it didn't accept my Windows 7 OEM key.
    The Win10 upgrade will not accept Win7/8/8.1 keys.

    Any idea anyone? I really do not like upgrades, always do clean install.
    Then you will have to purchase a copy of Win10. The free version REQUIRES that you do an in-place upgrade BEFORE you do a clean-install. Plus, you need to make sure that the Upgrade is activated before you do the clean-install over it; otherwise, it will not activate after the clean-install.
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  3.    31 Aug 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    The Win10 upgrade will not accept Win7/8/8.1 keys.


    Then you will have to purchase a copy of Win10. The free version REQUIRES that you do an in-place upgrade BEFORE you do a clean-install. Plus, you need to make sure that the Upgrade is activated before you do the clean-install over it; otherwise, it will not activate after the clean-install.
    Thank you so much. I have already done a clean Windows 7 install so that will be easy. A bit of a work-around to get the Windows 10 key but understandable and workable.

    Thank you - Henk
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  4.    31 Aug 2015 #4
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    Hi pcgear,

    As Mark says, you need to first do the upgrade installation to register your new Windows 10 key with Microsoft. You cannot do a clean install directly as you will not get a Key this way. Once you have done the upgrade, and it has been activated (happens more or less immediately and without your intervention) should you want to do a clean install, you can only then do so using the USB ISO. You will not need a licence key when you follow this route and Microsoft will recognise your PC and auto-activate the license for you.

    Note also - when doing the clean install after going this route, during set up you are asked for the licence key. Just "Skip" this step and Windows will auto activate once your installation completes.
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  5.    31 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregH View Post
    Hi pcgear,

    As Mark says, you need to first do the upgrade installation to register your new Windows 10 key with Microsoft. You cannot do a clean install directly as you will not get a Key this way. Once you have done the upgrade, and it has been activated (happens more or less immediately and without your intervention) should you want to do a clean install, you can only then do so using the USB ISO. You will not need a licence key when you follow this route and Microsoft will recognise your PC and auto-activate the license for you.

    Note also - when doing the clean install after going this route, during set up you are asked for the licence key. Just "Skip" this step and Windows will auto activate once your installation completes.
    I have the 32/64 bit ISO's for Home and Pro (10) burned to 2 double layer DVD's. I'll keep this thread open and let you know how I go.

    May I praise this forum for helpful and decent people. I was a member of an Australian forum (the biggest here) called "Whirlpool" and found there was a few "nasties" in there. Thanks guys.

    Henk
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  6.    31 Aug 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcgear View Post
    A bit of a work-around to get the Windows 10 key but understandable and workable.

    Thank you - Henk
    The key that Windows 10 will use for activation is just a generic key used as a placeholder. Everyone who upgrades from a previous operating system via the free upgrade gets the same key for the respective version of Windows 10 - Pro or Home. As noted in above posts, you will not actually use this product key for anything. When you do a clean install of Windows 10 of the same version (Pro or Home) that was previously on that computer from the upgrade, you click the tiny text that allows you to skip or do this later and do not enter a product key.

    The new Windows 10 will retrieve activation from Microsoft activation servers based upon hardware info that was stored on their servers during initial activation from the upgrade.
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  7.    01 Sep 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    The key that Windows 10 will use for activation is just a generic key used as a placeholder. Everyone who upgrades from a previous operating system via the free upgrade gets the same key for the respective version of Windows 10 - Pro or Home. As noted in above posts, you will not actually use this product key for anything. When you do a clean install of Windows 10 of the same version (Pro or Home) that was previously on that computer from the upgrade, you click the tiny text that allows you to skip or do this later and do not enter a product key.

    The new Windows 10 will retrieve activation from Microsoft activation servers based upon hardware info that was stored on their servers during initial activation from the upgrade.
    Thank you very much, all succeeded!
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