Windows 10: Windows 10 pro installation

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  1.    19 Nov 2017 #1

    Windows 10 pro installation


    I have a legal disc of windows 10 pro installed on my desktop that is currently activated. I want to install the same disc on another computer computer with a new hard drive and then purchase activate a new key. Can I do it and how do I activate it legally?
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  2.    19 Nov 2017 #2

    Do not use that disc - it is probably an old version. Create a bootable usb flash drive using link below.

    Boot from it, skip key entty, then once installed buy a licence from MS Store (Go to Store link).

    Download Windows 10
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       19 Nov 2017 #3

    cereberus said: View Post
    Do not use that disc - it is probably an old version. Create a bootable usb flash drive using link below.

    Boot from it, skip key entty, then once installed buy a licence from MS Store (Go to Store link).

    Download Windows 10
    Exactly as @cereberus said. This is the best way to do this. There is no point in installing old version of Windows and then upgrade it (having the latest version of Windows 10 is highly recommended and will eventually be forced on you anyway), when you can download the latest edition for free from Microsoft and then create a bootable thumb drive or DVD.
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  4.    21 Nov 2017 #4

    Thanks for your reply.... I have a problem about downloading windows 10 from Microsoft, my internet is so slow, 2.5 mps it takes many hours and lots of failed attempts to download windows 10....
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       28 Nov 2017 #5

    well you may be able to do it with the disk but it is not the best idea and it will need to download the new version once it boots
    do you already have windows(7 or 8/8.1) on the pc you are trying to install windows 10?
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  6.    28 Nov 2017 #6

    barney1399 said: View Post
    Thanks for your reply.... I have a problem about downloading windows 10 from Microsoft, my internet is so slow, 2.5 mps it takes many hours and lots of failed attempts to download windows 10....
    You'll get the exact same issue if you install an old version though.

    It will upgrade itself by downloading the latest version (so several GB) and then whatever cumulative updates. You'll not save on download time probably.

    May as well bite the bullet and download it before you start particularly as the first 2 Windows 10 releases are not supported and have unpatched security vulnerabilities.

    To answer you first question you can install Windows and activate it after, sure. You just type your key in settings when you get it - see option 2 here Activate Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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       02 Dec 2017 #7

    Maybe the way for you to go is to buy one copy of Window 10 Home from a retail or online store like Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct or Microsoft. It will be sent to you on a flash drive and have one valid key.

    Use that to install from. Then use it for additional installs and buy the keys as you go.
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  8.    03 Dec 2017 #8

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Maybe the way for you to go is to buy one copy of Window 10 Home from a retail or online store like Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct or Microsoft. It will be sent to you on a flash drive and have one valid key.

    Use that to install from. Then use it for additional installs and buy the keys as you go.
    Still does not solve download issue if an old version. This has gone full circle as we advised opposite to ensure OP got latest version to avoid downloading and upgrading.
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       03 Dec 2017 #9

    barney1399 said: View Post
    Thanks for your reply.... I have a problem about downloading windows 10 from Microsoft, my internet is so slow, 2.5 mps it takes many hours and lots of failed attempts to download windows 10....
    I think you have 2 options both involving Media Creation Tool:

    1. Download latest Media Creation Tool. Use it to create an ISO file.
    2. Find a friend with fast internet. Let him do the process above and then copy the created ISO to a thumbdrive or external HDD.


    Now you have an ISO file. Copy it to your local HDD.

    Now you have 3 options:
    1. Mount the ISO and upgrade computer running Setup.
    2. Burn ISO to DVD and use that DVD to upgrade Windows.
    3. Download an application called Rufus and use it to create a bootable thumb drive and use that thumbdrive to upgrade Windows.


    One big advantage of this is if you have many computers with same Windows edition (32-bit or 64-bit, Home or Pro), you only need to download the files once and after that you can upgrade all computers using same ISO.
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  10.    03 Dec 2017 #10

    slicendice said: View Post
    I think you have 2 options both involving Media Creation Tool:

    1. Download latest Media Creation Tool. Use it to create an ISO file.
    2. Find a friend with fast internet. Let him do the process above and then copy the created ISO to a thumbdrive or external HDD.


    Now you have an ISO file. Copy it to your local HDD.

    Now you have 3 options:
    1. Mount the ISO and upgrade computer running Setup.
    2. Burn ISO to DVD and use that DVD to upgrade Windows.
    3. Download an application called Rufus and use it to create a bootable thumb drive and use that thumbdrive to upgrade Windows.


    One big advantage of this is if you have many computers with same Windows edition (32-bit or 64-bit, Home or Pro), you only need to download the files once and after that you can upgrade all computers using same ISO.
    You do have to specifically select 32 and 64 bit of course to be totally flexible.
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