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  1.    29 Dec 2015 #241
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    So I can use the saved key if I need to re-install? Thanks for this tip.
    If you did the free upgrade to Windows 10 and have a digital entitlement you don't need the key. It will be a generic key anyway. Google the last 5 characters of the key and you'll likely see what I mean. With a digital entitlement you just click skip when asked for a key on a clean install. If 10 came pre installed by the OEM the key will be embedded in the BIOS and read automatically by the install media.
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  2.    30 Dec 2015 #242
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Spring Valley
    Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate

    Well mines an upgrade. I'll check the key and see if it's generic. Ok thanks
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  3.    30 Dec 2015 #243
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Well mines an upgrade. I'll check the key and see if it's generic. Ok thanks
    Go to Settings > Update $ Security > Activation, then see what it says for Product key. It likely says this device is activated with a digital entitlement and doesn't list the key at all. If that's what it says, you don't need the key. You just have to be sure to install the same version you got with the free upgrade when you do the clean install.
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  4.    01 Jan 2016 #244
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you did the free upgrade to Windows 10 and have a digital entitlement you don't need the key. It will be a generic key anyway. Google the last 5 characters of the key and you'll likely see what I mean. With a digital entitlement you just click skip when asked for a key on a clean install. If 10 came pre installed by the OEM the key will be embedded in the BIOS and read automatically by the install media.
    What happens if you change the hardware like new mobo and processor? Can you use the saved key then? Do you have to go back through the win 7 upgrade process again? It's not a big deal either way, but if I can legally save 200 bucks on win 10 pro. I will.

    I've been thinking about upgrading, but i need to wait a bit. There's a bunch of new tech coming out around same time. DDR4, h.265/VP9 hardware decoding, and so on. I wanted to wait until all the next gen features I want are out. I typically custom build, but I upgrade mobo, cpu, and ram at one time. The rest upgrades whenever.

    The problem is that I think all these features wont be out in a solid support format until after next July. So I was wondering if this key would carry over then or just prior. I've been using the same win 7 key since 2010. Through 2 pc upgrades on the cpu/mobo. I've had the same case and other components since 2007. One of the HDD goes back to 2004.
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  5.    01 Jan 2016 #245
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    If you have a Retail Key - you can transfer to New MOBO - via phone activation...
    If you have a OEM Key or It is after the 1 Year Free deal..
    You may be required to purchase a new key along with the New MOBO
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  6.    01 Jan 2016 #246
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro

    I have the digital river upgrade to win 7 pro. I got it as a student. I'm not sure if it's OEM or not. So the process goes like this.

    Win XP > Win 7 > Win 10 or Win 7 ignore activation > Win 7 again > Win 10.

    If I try to download the win 7 iso today it tries to give me the french version or something. So I've hung on to the digital river ISO for dear life.
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  7.    01 Jan 2016 #247
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Just try windows 10 with your windows 7 product key
    If the PC has already had a windows 10 installations - you do not even need to windows 7 key - you can just choose skip - but a new mobo would not have receive windows 10 yet..

    If you have Retail Purchase Key ( you do) - you can transfer to new mobo..
    Install 10 with 7 key and phone activate... But free upgrade only good within 1 year...
    So depending on time you may need to purchase windows 10 key
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  8.    01 Jan 2016 #248
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyhi View Post
    Just try windows 10 with your windows 7 product key
    If the PC has already had a windows 10 installations - you do not even need to windows 7 key - you can just choose skip - but a new mobo would not have receive windows 10 yet..

    If you have Retail Purchase Key ( you do) - you can transfer to new mobo..
    awesome, we'll see how it goes. Thanks for taking the time.
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  9.    01 Jan 2016 #249
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,017
    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by c0ke543 View Post
    What happens if you change the hardware like new mobo and processor? Can you use the saved key then? Do you have to go back through the win 7 upgrade process again? It's not a big deal either way, but if I can legally save 200 bucks on win 10 pro. I will.

    I've been thinking about upgrading, but i need to wait a bit. There's a bunch of new tech coming out around same time. DDR4, h.265/VP9 hardware decoding, and so on. I wanted to wait until all the next gen features I want are out. I typically custom build, but I upgrade mobo, cpu, and ram at one time. The rest upgrades whenever.

    The problem is that I think all these features wont be out in a solid support format until after next July. So I was wondering if this key would carry over then or just prior. I've been using the same win 7 key since 2010. Through 2 pc upgrades on the cpu/mobo. I've had the same case and other components since 2007. One of the HDD goes back to 2004.
    If you did the free upgrade the key is a generic key. Everybody that did the free upgrade got the same key. There is a Pro key and a Home key. Those keys are useless for trying to transfer your license. The free upgrade is free for the life of the device. Those keys will only activate if the PC has a digital entitlement. OEM embedded keys are non transferable too. You could do it with a full retail key though.
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  10.    04 Jan 2016 #250
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 4,918
    Windows10

    Can somebody explain how showkeyplus extracts my retail windows 7 correctly, from an upgrade to windows 10 even though I removed windows.old a long time ago using disk cleanup. I thought this was not possible?
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