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  1. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #171

    I have a Lenovo G505 with an unactivated Windows 7 Ultimate installed. I need to install the correct version of Windows 10.
    ShowKey Plus shows the OEM key as invalid. Why is that I wonder?

    Shall I take a chance and install Windows 10 and it see if it activates.
    I assume it will be Windows 8.1 SL as it's an entry level AMD machine bought in South Africa.
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  2. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 13,521
    Windows 10 IoT
       #172

    If Windows 7 isn't activated, Windows 10 won't be either. What version of Windows 10 that gets installed depends on what version of Windows your upgrading from. 7 Ultimate will get you 10 Pro. But like I said, it won't be an activated version of Windows 10 Pro. Is there a COA sticker on the PC with a version listed and a product key to go with it. 7 Ultimate not being activated indicates its not a legal install, or it was installed incorrectly.
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  3. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #173

    There is no product key. Only Windows 8 sticker at bottom of laptop.
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  4. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #174

    I hope Windows 10 will activate from bios. When using 1511 version
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  5. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #175

    chrismine said:
    I hope Windows 10 will activate from bios. When using 1511 version
    That will only work if that PC came with a Windows 8/8.1 factory OEM install. Windows 7 OEM-SLP installs do not store a product code in the BIOS.
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  6. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #176

    You may also have to wipe the drive so no previously installed OS is present. An installed OS may override retrieving the BIOS key. I haven't done enough test installs to ay one way or the other. I did a clean install on my laptop after deleting all partitions on the drive and 10 Home was installed by default with no prompt for a key or selection option for Home or Pro. It has a Windows 8.0 Core OEM embedded key. That laptop also already had a digital entitlement for 10 Pro. I had to then do a change key to get to 10 Pro.
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  7. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #177

    We shall soon see. Hdd formatted and busy installing Windows 10 SL
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  8. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #178

    That worked a charm!
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #179

    @Superfly,
    Hi Craig, I was just snooping around my temp files(looking at an App crash report actually) and came across something, and was curious. It was in
    C:\Users\Cliff S\AppData\Local\Temp\LicensingDiagLogs\DiagReport.xml
    Is this from your software? or Windows generated?

    Edit additional info: I didn't post the contents, because, I'm not sure if it contains, for my system, sensitive info:)
    Last edited by Cliff S; 16 Nov 2015 at 12:31. Reason: MORE INFO
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  10. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 13,521
    Windows 10 IoT
       #180

    chrismine said:
    That worked a charm!
    There you go, all set now and legally activated.
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