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  1.    04 May 2016 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 10

    Activating Windows 10 with Windows 7 "Upgrade" Key


    Hey guys I'm kinda stuck here. Our company has a Windows 7 "Upgrade" key that we use on all of our machines and we're trying to find a way to fresh install Windows 10 using that key but it's giving us an invalid response. If we upgrade the machine from the current Windows 7 installed it works fine but clean is a no-go. Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?
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  2.    04 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro

    My guess would be, that it has something to do with the volume license key. I know that you can do a clean install on windows 7/8.1 to 10 with an OEM key.
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  3.    04 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,952
    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmysmalls View Post
    Hey guys I'm kinda stuck here. Our company has a Windows 7 "Upgrade" key that we use on all of our machines and we're trying to find a way to fresh install Windows 10 using that key but it's giving us an invalid response. If we upgrade the machine from the current Windows 7 installed it works fine but clean is a no-go. Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?
    Hi jimmysmalls and welcome to Tenforums.
    A validly activated W7 install is eligible for an upgrade to W10. Once upgraded and activated, W10 can be clean installed as often as you like/need. Of course, that sounds like a two-step process for you. How many computers are you looking at?
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  4.    04 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Southeast PA
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    macOS Sierra, Windows 10 Pro

    I think your problem is that you are using an older build ISO. Download the ISO from MS now if you haven't done. I think it's the 1511 build.
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  5.    05 May 2016 #5
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    Windows 10
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    Probably around 100-150 systems so I was just hoping to make it a little easier. The build I'm using is actually 1511, I thought that was it at first too. Each machine has a Window 7 key on the side that does activate the machine but we were hoping to use our volume license.
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  6.    05 May 2016 #6
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,952
    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmysmalls View Post
    Probably around 100-150 systems so I was just hoping to make it a little easier. The build I'm using is actually 1511, I thought that was it at first too. Each machine has a Window 7 key on the side that does activate the machine but we were hoping to use our volume license.
    We have a method here, put together by one of our members, using SysPrep. He has streamlined the method for home users, using tools available to end users, and not large companies. Your 100-150 systems may be a bit much for this procedure, but, based on what you're saying you'd like to do, it may work for you. Please read the tutorial thoroughly, and maybe the last 3 or 4 pages of comments, then post on that thread if you need any help. The member who wrote it, @Kari, will be happy to answer you, once you've digested it all.

    Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

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  7.    06 May 2016 #7
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the link, that tutorial is pretty much what we'd like to do. I gave it a shot today and it just refuses to take that upgrade key for some reason. I appreciate the help though.
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  8.    06 May 2016 #8
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmysmalls View Post
    Thanks for the link, that tutorial is pretty much what we'd like to do. I gave it a shot today and it just refuses to take that upgrade key for some reason. I appreciate the help though.
    I spoke with @Kari and he said that a volume license could be worked into the answer file very easily. But, it sounds like you have an issue with the key itself, and maybe you need to resolve that before you can go further? I would suggest contacting MS support to find out what the problem is.
    Microsoft Volume Licensing - How Volume Licensing Works
    Last edited by simrick; 09 May 2016 at 22:58.
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  9.    09 May 2016 #9
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    The thing is we can activate any Windows 7 machine with the "upgrade" key just not Windows 10 unless of course we install Windows 7 and then upgrade to 10. Thanks again!
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  10.    09 May 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    If the key is blocked from automatic online activation from Microsoft, then Windows 10 will not activate based upon that Windows 7 product key alone. Windows 10 can only be activated from it if it gets the genuineticket.xml file from the Windows 7 installation. I have a family pack Windows 7 retail product key good for 3 installations at one time. It is blocked from automatic online activation and must be phone activated. Windows 10 will not activate with that key alone - I have to install Windows 7 first, activate it over the phone, save the genuineticket.xml file, then install Windows 10 and activate it with the .xml file.
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