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    Next big Windows 10 release will ease activation hassles


    Posted: 13 Oct 2015
    Next big Windows 10 release will ease activation hassles


    The latest preview release of Windows 10 includes the first glimpse of a new feature designed to eliminate one specific activation headache. When this change rolls out to the general public next month, you'll be able to use your Windows 7 or 8.1 product key to complete a Windows 10 upgrade.

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    Posted By: groze
    13 Oct 2015


  1. Posts : 408
    Windows 10
       #1

    I wonder if this means that, for example: let's see you have a laptop that is about 3 years old that came with windows 7. Could you just download the microsoft tool that let's you create a usb or iso disc and do a clean install of windows 10 using the product key on the bottom of your computer during the installation and get a clean, activated copy of 10 that way?

    Also, does that go into effect right away or not for a while yet?
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       #2

    Craig said:
    I wonder if this means that, for example: let's see you have a laptop that is about 3 years old that came with windows 7. Could you just download the microsoft tool that let's you create a usb or iso disc and do a clean install of windows 10 using the product key on the bottom of your computer during the installation and get a clean, activated copy of 10 that way?

    Also, does that go into effect right away or not for a while yet?

    No, it doesn't go into effect right away but the insiders get to test it, if I read the article correctly. I don't know when the insiders will get to test it though.
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       #3

    So, this is ONLY coming out in Preview Builds? Don't understand that -- as the article says its rolling out to "the general public" next month -- and I don't interpret that to mean the Windows Insiders.

    But if this IS going to be available to all, then ABOUT TIME!!
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    Mark Phelps said:
    So, this is ONLY coming out in Preview Builds? Don't understand that -- as the article says its rolling out to "the general public" next month -- and I don't interpret that to mean the Windows Insiders.

    But if this IS going to be available to all, then ABOUT TIME!!
    Yep....!

    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565
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  5. Superfly's Avatar
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    Have to agree, it's what we thought would happen initially (when we could activate with Win 8 keys.)

    I don't see any Win7 or Win8.1 keys in the latest Preview config. files though...will have to keep an eye out for more info, updates etc.
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       #6

    Well, here is my

    Question 1)
    How do you get an OEM product key? what if my hard drive fails and I need to install a different hard drive, PCs no longer come with an actual product key any longer. Let's face it, the biggest problems with PC's are usually their drives, so what then, you have to spend another $30 plus shipping to get a re-install disk?

    Question 2)
    I bought upgrade CDs for Pro versions, can I use those Product Keys? or does it have to be the original

    I think Windows 10 should display the actual Product Key number it is using, so you can record it and store it somewhere. Then there would be no questions. If they are stored on Microsoft's activation servers, it shouldn't be a problem.

    It seems with my Windows 8, it had an original OEM product key, when I upgraded the new key came from the Pro disk, then when I added Media Center, that came with a Product Key and that became the actual Product Key. makes my head spin.

    Or do they give a supplier only 1 OEM number to use on all their units they sell, so no PC actually has a unique ID any longer?
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  7. Posts : 1,557
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       #7

    Mark Phelps said:
    So, this is ONLY coming out in Preview Builds? Don't understand that -- as the article says its rolling out to "the general public" next month -- and I don't interpret that to mean the Windows Insiders.

    But if this IS going to be available to all, then ABOUT TIME!!

    I guess the insiders are currently testing it. So, next month it will come out to the general public. I am curious if the insiders were aware of this change. I read the insider postings but not every thread.

    The latest preview release of Windows 10 includes the first glimpse of a new feature designed to eliminate one specific activation headache. When this change rolls out to the general public next month, you'll be able to use your Windows 7 or 8.1 product key to complete a Windows 10 upgrade.
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    Next big Windows 10 release will ease activation hassles


    Superfly I used that great tool of yours for getkey before and after I upgraded to windows 10 pro on three of my machines I have all the keys printed out and noted.
    I guess I have all the valid keys that I should ever need to do any type of install clean or upgrade.
    Am I right in my thinking?
    shipinomore
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  9. Posts : 95
    win 10 pro
       #9

    Not a bad move, I just hope there are no issues a year or two down the road when you build a new system.
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