1.    18 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    reinstalling windows 10


    when you need to reinstall windows 10 and you got windows 10 via the free upgrade, do you have to first install windows 7/8 to then upgrade to windows 10 or can you just install windows 10 cleaning and then just type in the existing key to activate.

    also do this work the same way for pro editions.
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  2.    18 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    NO, just install 10. When asked for key, click "I don't have the key" or "skip this step". Windows will be activated via digital entitlement

    also do this work the same way for pro editions.
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  3.    18 Aug 2016 #3
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    just I am trying to reinstall windows 10 pro for a friend, but I didn't and they don't have the pro disk. so I tried using my windows 10 home disk and entering the pro product key that I got from hirens boot cd as it wouldn't boot. but when I try to enter it, it just says it is wrong.
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  4.    18 Aug 2016 #4
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    As with most versions of Windows one can't mix a key from one version with a different version. As suggested, don't enter a key and the install will check the database to verify the digital license.
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  5.    18 Aug 2016 #5

    Keys are tied to Windows versions. If you try to use a home disk and a pro product key, it won't work. You should visit the Download Windows 10 page, and use the Media Creation Tool ("Download tool now") to grab the right version of Windows 10 (Pro, that is) and build a bootable installer on a flash drive. Then your key will work, for sure!
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  6.    19 Aug 2016 #6
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    Thread Starter

    thanks for the help, downloaded the windows 10 englishinternational and when i tried to install i got an error saying installation cancelled due to corrupt file. so i downloaded the iso for english which was the us version and installed it and then just installed the UK langauge pack and it works now, activated automatically as soon as it got desktop as i went straight to the activation settings page and it was already done via digital signature.
    this is now solved
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