Windows 10: Windows 10 Pro reinstallation

  1.    02 Mar 2017 #1

    Windows 10 Pro reinstallation


    I originally got my Windows 10 Pro as a free upgrade from Windows 7 Pro. If I want to reinstall Windows 10 Pro (from my downloaded DVD), What type of activation code(s) do I need? I see that currently I have a Product ID shown on my Control Panel > System page.. But I never got an activation key like we used to have with Windows 7. Do I just need my original Windows 7 key?
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  2.    02 Mar 2017 #2

    You don't need a product key. It just knows. On the screen that asks for a product key click the link for "I don't have a product key."
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  3.    04 Mar 2017 #3

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You don't need a product key. It just knows. On the screen that asks for a product key click the link for "I don't have a product key."
    Also I advise OP downloads latest iso as it is likely dvd is old version, and it will get upgraded giving a double install. Also, it may be better to wait a few weeks for next version to avoid a triple install.
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       04 Mar 2017 #4

    Your Windows 10 is activated with a Digital License, your hardware (the motherboard) has already been identified by Microsoft`s servers.

    You can see that in Settings>Updates & Security>Activation

    Just do as instructed and click skip or I don`t have a key during the install, and when you get online W10 will self activate.

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  5.    04 Mar 2017 #5

    Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated
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  6.    08 Mar 2017 #6

    When I tried to put an ultimate key when I was running Windows 7 professional it said that I couldn't do it. So in for Windows 10 could I put a key in for Windows 10 professional. When running Windows 10 home would it work?
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  7.    08 Mar 2017 #7

    hollyoaks777 said: View Post
    When I tried to put an ultimate key when I was running Windows 7 professional it said that I couldn't do it. So in for Windows 10 could I put a key in for Windows 10 professional. When running Windows 10 home would it work?
    A windows 7 ultimate key should work for windows 10 pro as that was the proper upgrade patch. It will not work for 10 home - you will need to upgrade to 10 pro first.
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  8.    08 Mar 2017 #8

    cereberus said: View Post
    A windows 7 ultimate key should work for windows 10 pro as that was the proper upgrade patch. It will not work for 10 home - you will need to upgrade to 10 pro first.
    Thanks. I'm in 2 minds whether to go back to Windows 7 professional or go for Windows 10 professional. I don't really like 10 at all. Don't think 10 professional will be much more different. Would I get a forced update to 10 or would I be OK with 7 professional?
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  9.    08 Mar 2017 #9

    The days of forced upgrades and nagging to upgrade to Windows 10 are gone. You can run Windows 7 in peace now!
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  10.    08 Mar 2017 #10

    cereberus said: View Post
    A windows 7 ultimate key should work for windows 10 pro as that was the proper upgrade patch. It will not work for 10 home - you will need to upgrade to 10 pro first.
    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The days of forced upgrades and nagging to upgrade to Windows 10 are gone. You can run Windows 7 in peace now!
    Thanks NavyLCDR
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