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  1.    21 Sep 2015 #11
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgeek View Post
    All subsequent posts presume that he has a retail 7 to install and will not keep Enterprise, at all.
    Well...one thing you previously posted....

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgeek View Post
    Clean install Windows 7 and activate. No need to do updates. Upgrade to 10 with 7 key. This will give you cleanest possible install.
    The upgrade to Windows 10 doesn't actually use the Windows 7 key. It uses the Windows 7 license. It's a small, but important difference in that the OP will only use the Windows 7 Product Key for one thing, and one thing only - install and activate Windows 7.
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  2.    21 Sep 2015 #12
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    NW Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider

    The first post says he has a retail Windows 7 key and wants to reinstall and upgrade. You can clean install the retail Windows 7 and activate it without doing the updates, then follow Brink's tutorial and upgrade to Windows 10.
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  3.    21 Sep 2015 #13
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    And then, if you want a truly "clean" Win 10 install, after the upgrade and activating your Win 10, reboot with your same USB ISO and format/partition your drive again, installing Windows 10 CLEAN. As in not an upgrade over Windows 7. Will take you an extra 30 minutes.
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  4.    22 Sep 2015 #14

    Any time you want to reinstall Windows 10, you don't need to provide a key or anything, right? It somehow links itself to your computer?
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  5.    22 Sep 2015 #15
    Join Date : Sep 2014
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    win 7 dual boot / 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelemvor View Post
    Any time you want to reinstall Windows 10, you don't need to provide a key or anything, right? It somehow links itself to your computer?
    Correct you are link to both your OS'S. The 7 that you upgraded and the 10 that you clean installed after your upgrade was activated.
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  6.    22 Sep 2015 #16
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Correct you are link to both your OS'S. The 7 that you upgraded and the 10 that you clean installed after your upgrade was activated.
    The Windows 7, if reinstalled, will always require a product key. The Windows 10 will never use a product key, unless the user purchases a unique one.
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