Windows 10: Activating Windows 10 with Windows 7 "Upgrade" Key

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  1. Kari's Avatar
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       19 May 2016 #21

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I would not say it is gray at all. It clearly violates the EULA and is software piracy. Peal back the sugar coating and that's what it is. It's interesting, when I do phone activation on my much moved around (legally) Microsoft retail product keys, I have to tell the computer voice that it is installed on only one computer before receiving the activation code in return.
    With "grey area" I meant that I have read a few of these stories, people activating Ten with one and same Seven or Eight key. Of course it is a clear violation of EULA, of course it shouldn't be done. One key used for one activation at any given time, everything else is wrong.
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  2.    19 May 2016 #22

    Hi there

    100% correct -- even if you install as a VM.

    Note though you can install several times --this is quite legal so long as only on ONE computer and only ONE copy is active (again whether as a VM or on a physical machine).

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  3.    19 May 2016 #23

    Hum, guess I'll have to deactivate the second laptop somehow. I was just wanting to see if it would work okay in Win-10, so how do I deactivate the second PC?

    Maybe format that newer drive and put back the original drive with Vista on it?
    Last edited by dustymars; 19 May 2016 at 06:25.
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  4.    19 May 2016 #24

    Done. Deactivated, installed Vista back and so far my primary laptop is still valid I think; it states that it is activated with Win 10. Oh well, maybe we can use the old laptop as a spare.......
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