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  1.    24 May 2016 #11
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    Sorry, I should have pointed a few new things out. After post #3, the Win10 install hung (again). I got it back to Win7, but then decided to give her a better machine (better cpu, better mem) I had lying around, so I pulled the HD out of her comp and put it in another machine, not realizing that Windows would notice the change in hardware and want a new key. So...

    I formatted and installed a different copy of Windows 7. Which is where I am tonight...when I tried to activate it, it said I was at max for that copy of Win 7. The thing is, BOTH copies of Win7 I have are OEM copies. I've used them over the last several years to install whenever I got new comp, not realizing I would "run out".

    So I'm at a bit of a standstill now...my end goal has always been to get Win10 on the machine, I'm just not sure how to do it from here.

    I could just get a Timelord to look into it...

    Mon
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  2.    24 May 2016 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    Sorry, I should have pointed a few new things out. After post #3, the Win10 install hung (again). I got it back to Win7, but then decided to give her a better machine (better cpu, better mem) I had lying around, so I pulled the HD out of her comp and put it in another machine, not realizing that Windows would notice the change in hardware and want a new key. So...

    I formatted and installed a different copy of Windows 7. Which is where I am tonight...when I tried to activate it, it said I was at max for that copy of Win 7. The thing is, BOTH copies of Win7 I have are OEM copies. I've used them over the last several years to install whenever I got new comp, not realizing I would "run out".

    So I'm at a bit of a standstill now...my end goal has always been to get Win10 on the machine, I'm just not sure how to do it from here.

    I could just get a Timelord to look into it...

    Mon


    OEM software that comes pre-installed on an OEM computer is tied to that computer.
    OEM System Builder licenses are also tied to the computer you install them on (and then are supposed to re-sell).
    Retail keys have transfer rights and can be unregistered from one system and registered on another using slmgr command.
    Sounds like you need to buy another key?
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  3.    24 May 2016 #13
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    If I remember correctly, I got this from Newegg when Win7 was first released.
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  4.    24 May 2016 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
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    If I remember correctly, I got this from Newegg when Win7 was first released.
    Could be. Newegg do sell OEM System Builder licenses. But those type of licenses do not have transfer rights. Technically, if you buy an OEM System Builder license, you're supposed to build the computer, install the OS, and then sell the system (and provide support!). The license is tied to that system, same as OEM-installed licenses.
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  5.    24 May 2016 #15
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    You can read more on the licenses here:
    What Editions of Windows?

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  6.    25 May 2016 #16
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    The odd thing is, I've used both copies multiple times, when a hard drive died, or when I got a new computer.

    So what's the final suggestion for me to get Win10 on the comp?
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  7.    25 May 2016 #17
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    That windows 7 product was good for one PC and one pc upgrade...

    so if you got more then that out of that windows 7 product key = consider yourself very lucky...

    although I believe at one time - they sold a family pack - allowing 3 activations
    but would not think it would be OEM software - but rather Retail Software
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  8.    25 May 2016 #18
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    Since that was purchased, I've probably used it...I'd say 3 or four times on different comps.

    "Next, you’ll see the activation screen. What you do here depends on your situation:
    • If you’ve never installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, you’ll see the activation screen. Enter your Windows 10 key here. If you don’t have one, but you have a valid 7, 8, or 8.1 key, enter it here instead.
    • If you’ve ever installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, click “I don’t have a product key”. Windows will automatically activate once it’s installed.

    The second situation works because of how Windows 10 activates PCs. When you install and activate Windows 10 on a system for the first time, the installer confirms that you have a “genuine Windows” system installed and registers your hardware with Microsoft’s servers. After that, you shouldn’t have to enter that key again on the same PC–Microsoft will recognize your hardware the next time you install Windows 10 on that machine, confirm it’s registered, and automatically activate itself."

    Is the above true? Can I just install Win10 on a clean hd and it'll automatically activate?

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  9.    25 May 2016 #19
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Is the above true? Can I just install Win10 on a clean hd and it'll automatically activate?
    Yes - if windows 10 was already activated on the PC before... (Digitial Entitlement)

    You can install windows 10 on anything - but need a valid Product Key to activate...

    So testing the activation - is your only true answer...

    Worst case is it will not activate and you will have to purchase a valid product key...
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  10.    25 May 2016 #20
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    Ok, that's pretty much what I thought.

    Thanks again to you both, you guys have been a tremendous help!

    Mon
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