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  1.    18 Jun 2017 #11
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    10 pro 64 clean install

    I would install your factory installation of windows 7 before doing windows 10. What I'm getting at since you say the stick is gone if you factory recovery back to windows 7 it should be automatic activated and then you can use ShowKeyPlus to get your windows 7 keys if need be . If you ever want to sell it you could with either 7 or 10 . Afterwards, I would do a clean install of windows 10 and wipe the whole hard drive
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  2.    18 Jun 2017 #12
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by sn00ker View Post
    I would install your factory installation of windows 7 before doing windows 10. What I'm getting at since you say the stick is gone if you factory recovery back to windows 7 it should be automatic activated and then you can use ShowKeyPlus to get your windows 7 keys if need be . If you ever want to sell it you could with either 7 or 10 . Afterwards, I would do a clean install of windows 10 and wipe the whole hard drive
    Without the product key from the COA sticker, the user would have to use manufacturer provided install media to restore the factory Windows 7 software load. And if the user did restore the Windows 7 factory software load from the manufacturer provided media, the product key retrieved by ShowKey Plus would likely be an OEM:SLP (System Locked Pre-Installation) product key which will only work with the manufacturer restoration media and cannot be used to activate a vanilla Windows 7 or Windows 10 (although you can do the in-place upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10).
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  3.    19 Jun 2017 #13
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    10 pro 64 clean install

    @NavyLCDR agreed . I'm just throwing this out in case if the OP ever wants to sell the laptop, there still many people who would rather have a Windows 7 installation over 10 . If he does install 7 from the factory recovery hidden partition at least he would be able afterwards to get the license keys. If not and by chance decide to wipe the whole hard drive it will be much harder later on if he ever wants to install 7
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