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  1.    27 Sep 2017 #1
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    windows 10 64 bit

    windows 10 retail version


    hi, please can some one help me i have a retail copy of windows 10 that i purchased at a pc store its still unopened . the question i have is its been on my shelf about a year, will i still be able to use it at some point? thank you,
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  2.    27 Sep 2017 #2
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    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Welcome to TenForums @kev777

    Yes, but it will be for an earlier build, probably Anniversary update (1607), maybe even the one before that (1511). The retail key is valid for any version, so you could download new install media from Microsoft using their Media Creation Tool. You must install the edition your key is for (Home or Pro).
    Download Windows 10 ISO File

    Or you could just install the one you have got, windows update would then update you to the latest version.
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  3.    27 Sep 2017 #3
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    windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    thank you, for your help.
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  4.    27 Sep 2017 #4
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    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,174
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I'd use the disc it came with for a frisbee or a drink coaster. The key is all that matters at this point.
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  5.    27 Sep 2017 #5
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I also bought a retail copy from Bestbuy canada when I built my new system a couple months ago and noticed it was dated 2016. I contacted MS and they assured me I could download the latest Media Creation Tool and place it on the USB drive to have a more recent copy. So I am happy about that.

    cheers
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  6.    29 Sep 2017 #6
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    Thread Starter

    thank you
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  7.    30 Sep 2017 #7
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by Scramjet View Post
    I also bought a retail copy from Bestbuy canada when I built my new system a couple months ago and noticed it was dated 2016. I contacted MS and they assured me I could download the latest Media Creation Tool and place it on the USB drive to have a more recent copy. So I am happy about that.

    cheers
    Put it on "the" USB drive or "a" USB drive? I ask because rumor has it, the USB drive you get from Microsoft is read only? Can you confirm or deny that? I'd like to know for future reference.
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  8.    30 Sep 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Put it on "the" USB drive or "a" USB drive? I ask because rumor has it, the USB drive you get from Microsoft is read only? Can you confirm or deny that? I'd like to know for future reference.
    USB flash drives purchased with Windows 10 installers preinstalled are normally read only drives.
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  9.    30 Sep 2017 #9
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    windows 8.1

    cleanup system did the trick
    thank you all
    problem is solved
    only mess as expected after updates is in associations... really unnecessary headache. wish it were as in win7
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  10.    30 Sep 2017 #10
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    USB flash drives purchased with Windows 10 installers preinstalled are normally read only drives.
    That's my understanding also. Just want somebody that has one to confirm it for me. Do you have one?
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