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  1.    02 Jul 2016 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    No, Since November update you can just enter a valid 7 or 8 key and activate direct. There is no need for that messing around any more thank goodness.
    Great stuff!
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  2.    02 Jul 2016 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    You have empirical evidence.
    All I know is it worked for me...

    There is this quote in the tutorial you linked to
    Tip   Tip
    Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10565 and TH2 Build 10568:

    Device activation improvements: Microsoft has received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys. If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesnt automatically activate, you can enter the product key from a qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key.

    If you havent upgraded to Windows 10 yet and perform a clean installation, youll need to enter a qualifying product key for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or buy a license in order to activate Windows 10.
    Perhaps there is still some call for the tutorial but I can't really think of one. It is possible you can't enter previous version OEM keys in Windows 10 only retail - I don't know as I don't have OEM system.
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  3.    02 Jul 2016 #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    Thanks, I'll stop referring to that tut then. You want to mention it to Shawn? No sense having a tut around that isn't needed, eh?

    I'd mention it, but all I could say was lx07 told me it wasn't necessary after the 1511 release. You have empirical evidence.

    Thanks again
    You'd never find out if I didn't ask

    I'll be doing it tomorrow on my new bare (liquid) metal machine
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  4.    10 Jul 2016 #14
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    So.

    My windows 10 is now installed, but I am unable to activate it. I did enter my Windows 7 key during installation, but now I get the following message: That my key is being used on another machine.

    The wonderful M$ support is as usual... useless. One of them told me I have to install Win7 first and then upgrade... otherwise it will not work.


    Any ideas?
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  5.    10 Jul 2016 #15
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    Create an additional partition or use a spare hard drive to hold a temporary installation of Windows 7. Once you get Windows 7 activated on that computer, then you can use either the genuineticket.xml file method to activate Windows 10 on the same computer, or just entering the product key manually should then work.

    But, yes, the only way we have found around that is to install Windows 7 and activate it on that computer - or keep calling Microsoft until you get someone on the phone willing to give you a Windows 10 product key.
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  6.    10 Jul 2016 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Create an additional partition or use a spare hard drive to hold a temporary installation of Windows 7. Once you get Windows 7 activated on that computer, then you can use either the genuineticket.xml file method to activate Windows 10 on the same computer, or just entering the product key manually should then work.

    But, yes, the only way we have found around that is to install Windows 7 and activate it on that computer - or keep calling Microsoft until you get someone on the phone willing to give you a Windows 10 product key.
    talking to M$ support on the phone is a horrible experience. Every time they put me through to the next expert, the call quality drops. There's probably multiple redirections between various continents. Not good.

    I'll try the genuine ticket method. I'm installing a new win7 on a separate partition right now.

    Thanks.
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  7.    10 Jul 2016 #17
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    You will have to activate the Windows 7 using the phone activation line, but that is a simple recorded voice.
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