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  1.    02 Apr 2016 #300
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael 1 View Post
    I have a number of mixed related questions.
    When Activating Win10 using the GenuineTicket.xml method offline, will it work after the July expiry date? If you generate the GenuineTicket.xml before the July expiry date, can you do a clean install and activate it after the July expiry date? How long can Win10 remain off line without compromising the product activation, without it being revoked? How does Microsoft monitor this activity?
    You have to activate your OS to Windows 10 Before end of July. Then once activated, you can go back to your previous OS if you choose. Once activated legally, MS keeps that record forever.
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  2.    02 Apr 2016 #301
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    @Michael 1
    Here is more information for you.
    The information contained in the GenuineTicket.xml is transmitted by Windows 10 to the Microsoft activation servers over the internet. A search is then conducted for matches of previous digital entitlements stored there and if found the activation code is returned. Currently if no match is found, and the information transferred is valid - the Microsoft activation server will return the activation code and store the digital entitlement for future retrieval.

    After July 2016, if no matching digital entitlement is found - then there will not be an activation code returned - instead an error code will be returned asking the user to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade.

    The genuineticket.xml file method of activation will not work until the computer is connected to the internet or a phone activation is done where the data is transmitted to Microsoft via the installation ID provided during the process.
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  3.    02 Apr 2016 #302
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    Good Information Thankyou
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  4.    02 Apr 2016 #303
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael 1 View Post
    Good Information Thankyou
    Glad it helped you Michael.
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  5.    04 Apr 2016 #304
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello nco,

    You don't actually lock in your free copy of Windows 10 until you actually upgrade or use this method to clean install to Windows 10 before the free offer deadline at the end of July 2016.
    My question is similar to nco but for reason that I'm just beginning to be comfortable with W7 having upgraded from XP just over a year and really need more time (than till end of July 2016) to test out a computer that runs Windows 10 before making decision to change over to W10. So the deadline you mentioned here applies also to this tutorial?
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  6.    04 Apr 2016 #305
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    Hello dpwoodpecker, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Yes, you have until July 2016 to activate (claim) your free offer of Windows 10 no matter how you install it.
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  7.    11 Apr 2016 #306
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    New to this forum with Win10 clean install question


    Hello. I'm new here and have spent ~ 1/2 hour searching the forum threads for an answer to my question before I post it. I came up empty-handed in my search, so here's my question.

    Based on the instructions from this link How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, the Easy Way, I did a clean install of Win10 Home on my laptop (which had been running Win7 Home). Specifically, (1) I created a dvd via the iso from the media creation tool, (2) I booted from that dvd and entered my Win 7 Home product key number when prompted at the activation screen, (3) I selected the "Custom" option at the "Which type of installation do you want? screen, and (4) my C drive had 4 partitions and I selected the one containing the Win7 OS when the installer asked me where I wanted Win10 installed.

    Everything went smoothly and Win10 installed without a hitch.

    As stated above, I wanted a clean install. But I recently noticed I have a "Windows.old" folder in the partition where Win10 is now installed and that Windows.old folder, as we all know, contains a boatload of files from Windows 7. I have no problem deleting it because I imaged my laptop using Macrium Reflect (great program) before installing Win10. But now I'm questioning if I really accomplished a clean install of Win10. It would seem to me that if it was a clean install, there would be no Window.old folder found on the C drive.

    I'm hoping the experts here will have an accurate answer to my question. And forgive me in advance if I follow-up with a few more questions.
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  8.    11 Apr 2016 #307
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftw1 View Post
    I'm hoping the experts here will have an accurate answer to my question. And forgive me in advance if I follow-up with a few more questions.
    Your Windows 10 itself is likely a clean install - but your hard drive is not. That's about the easiest way to explain it. There probably are no traces of operating Windows 7 left in your Windows 10 - only a Windows 7 backup in the form of Windows.old. But look at your hard drive partitions in Disk Management and if there were any extra partitions regarding Windows 7 recovery they will still be there, along with new ones created by Windows 10.

    To do a truly clean install, you delete all the partitions on the hard drive first, then install to the unallocated space.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Apr 2016 at 22:08. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  9.    12 Apr 2016 #308
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    When i right click and run as admin gatherosstate it does not create a GenuineTicket.xml file.Now what?
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  10.    12 Apr 2016 #309
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    Quote Originally Posted by camthemanzx View Post
    When i right click and run as admin gatherosstate it does not create a GenuineTicket.xml file.Now what?
    Hello Cam,

    Did you do step 4 first?
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