Windows 10: Win 10 Pro 64-bit Free Upgrade License Key

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  1.    26 Oct 2015 #21

    tjg79 said: View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    If you haven't gone through the upgrade process, but have downloaded the Win 10 OS, burned it to a DVD, performed a clean install, enter the product key you posted, will the Win 10 activate and record the hardware so that the hardware and product key are linked?

    Regards
    No. You have to complete an upgrade activation first from a licensed and activated Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

    The motherboard serial number is part of the Hardware ID calculation and Windows 10 will detect a change in motherboard, even if the make and model are the same and will have to be reactivated - either by doing another upgrade, or by begging Microsoft to do it for you over the phone.
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  2. Posts : 62
    Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
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       26 Oct 2015 #22

    Well, I may have found a show stopper. Intel hasn't updated the drivers for my DX58SO motherboard for the Win 10 OS. I posted on the Intel Support Forums and someone indicated that Intel DX58SO Win 7 drivers won't load or work. I'm not sure the Microsoft generic drivers included with the Win 10 OS will be sufficient for all the board specific features. I would think that my Intel 5 series hardware would require Intel drivers that are Win 10 OS compatible. Has anyone here performed a clean install on an Intel DX58SO mb or other Intel 5 series board?

    Regards
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  3.    26 Oct 2015 #23

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You have to complete an upgrade activation first from a licensed and activated Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
    Not true. You can also upgrade from an activated insider preview (which needn't have had a prior licensed OS), or you can clean install 10565, enter your valid 7 or 8 key, activate and then clean install 10240.

    I've tested both.
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  4. Posts : 2,303
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.608)
       26 Oct 2015 #24

    Someone mentioned changing the CPU. I believe this is less severe change than change the motherboard, so it shouldn't deactivate Windows. Changing the motherboard with the same model, has all hardware the same except for the serial, so this would also be considered a small change. Even if Windows deactivate because of that, I think they would reactivate automatically next time you are online. The change of motherboard with the same model is considered an RMA replacement of broken equipment, so you shouldn't have any activation problems. In worst case, you can do it by phone.

    Just a warning here: If you have in mind activating several different computers with the same hardware, forget it! Since one is already activated, the others should block and not being able to activate. Even a Microsoft representative will find out from the numbers you will have to provide him for activation by phone, and of course refuse to give you the activation code. They are not stupid! You need a different license per computer to legally activate Windows 10.

    Sorry to say you that, but asking about activation in a number of different motherboards of the same model, made me suspicious. No offence intended.
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  5.    26 Oct 2015 #25

    tjg79 said: View Post
    Well, I may have found a show stopper. Intel hasn't updated the drivers for my DX58SO motherboard for the Win 10 OS. I posted on the Intel Support Forums and someone indicated that Intel DX58SO Win 7 drivers won't load or work. I'm not sure the Microsoft generic drivers included with the Win 10 OS will be sufficient for all the board specific features. I would think that my Intel 5 series hardware would require Intel drivers that are Win 10 OS compatible. Has anyone here performed a clean install on an Intel DX58SO mb or other Intel 5 series board?
    This is why you should NEVER buy an Intel Desktop Motherboard. They stop supporting them almost as soon as they hit the shelves and they never release drivers for new OS's.

    I know that doesn't help you now, but something to learn. Intel makes great CPU's, that doesn't mean they are good motherboard makers.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.608)
       26 Oct 2015 #26

    Don't worry, you can manually download any relevant driver such as the chipset, graphics, audio and LAN. You can use the latest Windows 7 drivers which should work in Windows 10 without any problem. Read also my reply at your other post.
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  7. Posts : 62
    Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
    Thread Starter
       26 Oct 2015 #27

    Mystere said: View Post
    This is why you should NEVER buy an Intel Desktop Motherboard. They stop supporting them almost as soon as they hit the shelves and they never release drivers for new OS's.

    I know that doesn't help you now, but something to learn. Intel makes great CPU's, that doesn't mean they are good motherboard makers.
    Now you tell me that! Where were you six years go?

    No worry, Intel doesn't make desktop boards anymore. They just make workstation/server boards. So, I won't buy another Intel desktop board. Although, they did use the same chipsets on their server boards and likely the workstation boards as well.
    Last edited by tjg79; 26 Oct 2015 at 19:19.
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  8. Posts : 62
    Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
    Thread Starter
       26 Oct 2015 #28

    spapakons said: View Post
    Don't worry, you can manually download any relevant driver such as the chipset, graphics, audio and LAN. You can use the latest Windows 7 drivers which should work in Windows 10 without any problem. Read also my reply at your other post.
    That's what I was thinking when I started this upgrade journey. But, a guy that seems very knowledgeable on the Intel Community Support forums indicated that they won't work. He suggested using the Intel NUC Win 10 drivers. I'm going to give them a try and see what happens to functionality.

    Regards
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  9. Posts : 2,303
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.608)
       26 Oct 2015 #29

    Yes, they will work! Don't listen to him! I have installed Windows 10 32-bit to an old Vista-era notebook (for testing purposes) and most drivers are for Vista 32-bit. Of course it works without any problem other than being slow with only 512MB RAM. Borrowing a RAM module from another old notebook and raising the total at 1GB makes it much more responsive and useful. If Vista drivers worked, Windows 7 have many more possibilities, go ahead!
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  10.    26 Oct 2015 #30

    Hi,

    Intel makes great CPU's, that doesn't mean they are good motherboard makers.
    Wow. If only you knew....

    To TS, just install Win10 and I'm sure 95% of your hardware will be ready for use right after you've finished the install process.

    Cheers,
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