Windows 10: Win 10 purchase (not upgrade) and Key# activation, from USB

  1.    14 Jul 2016 #1

    Win 10 purchase (not upgrade) and Key# activation, from USB


    Son wants to purchase w10, but can get the CD version $30 cheaper than the USB. Can he use the media creation tool on another PC for installation , and then use the key# from his CD to boot and activate?

    Does an Official retail w10 CD have a visible key# that would work with the media creation tool?

    Can an ISO be created from the retail CD? (No DRM problems)

    This is a new build, and I have only upgraded PC's.


    What's the best approach?
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  2.    14 Jul 2016 #2

    The CD version is OEM and locked to the first computer it is installed to.
    The USB is retail and can be moved when Motherboard dies.

    That's the $30 difference.


    • Windows 10 OEM is a full version of the operating system not an upgrade. The OEM operating system is not supported by Microsoft. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product. Microsoft recommends all files and programs be backed-up prior to installation.
    • Windows 10 OEM is intended for pre-installation on a new PC and cannot be transferred to another computer once installed. Product ships in a white envelope.
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       14 Jul 2016 #3

    mrpumpkin said: View Post
    Son wants to purchase w10, but can get the CD version $30 cheaper than the USB. Can he use the media creation tool on another PC for installation , and then use the key# from his CD to boot and activate?

    Does an Official retail w10 CD have a visible key# that would work with the media creation tool?

    Can an ISO be created from the retail CD? (No DRM problems)

    This is a new build, and I have only upgraded PC's.


    What's the best approach?
    How much does the Electronic Software Download, (ISO), cost?
    They email your key.
    You could use PowerISO to create an iso file from the dvd.
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  4.    14 Jul 2016 #4

    Porthos said: View Post
    The CD version is OEM and locked to the first computer it is installed to.
    The USB is retail and can be moved when Motherboard dies.

    That's the $30 difference.
    He is fine with the OEM, just want's to get it installed, but has no optical drive on a new build
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    14 Jul 2016 #5

    mrpumpkin said: View Post
    He is fine with the OEM, just want's to get it installed, but has no optical drive on a new build
    You can use the media creation tool. Code will work.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    14 Jul 2016 #6

    Edwin said: View Post
    How much does the Electronic Software Download, (ISO), cost?
    They email your key.
    You could use PowerISO to create an iso file from the dvd.

    I think he is ordering a physical copy.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    14 Jul 2016 #7

    Porthos said: View Post
    You can use the media creation tool. Code will work.
    thx
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    15 Jul 2016 #8

    It is illegal for him to purchase, install and use OEM Windows 10 on a personal computer that he intends to keep and use himself. Just so you are aware.
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