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  1.    31 Jul 2015 #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Pombrio View Post
    MS has always been good about reactivating an OEM license ("my motherboard broke and I had to replace it!" works every time). MS simply does not care about a license or two, it is worried about the misuse of their activation protocols by thousands of users by use of a key generator of random valid key numbers or a time exploit and stuff like that.
    I kind of miss the pre-WPA days... far less hassle. I guess the infrastructure wasn't there yet for WPA for pre-XP operating systems or they simply didn't care until XP. lol.
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  2.    31 Jul 2015 #62
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    Windows 10 Fast Ring

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris2005 View Post
    I kind of miss the pre-WPA days... far less hassle. I guess the infrastructure wasn't there yet for WPA for pre-XP operating systems or they simply didn't care until XP. lol.
    It has gotten a lot more interesting since MS started insisting that the product key be embedded into the motherboard itself back in 2012 or so:
    Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys - CNET

    Funny thing is that I have Win8.1 Technet licenses that are good for activating ten computers! Between the mobo having product keys and product keys having multiple activations, it is getting hard to tell what to do these days! Me, I am going to buy a Retail Win10 Pro disk with an actual honest to God product key on it just to make sure I am covered. This "free upgrade" smells a little off to me although it has worked on the 4 computers that I have either upgraded or help to upgrade.
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  3.    31 Jul 2015 #63
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    With regards to this thread, I have something to add. See my latest reply on here

    HOW do I transfer windows (retail license) after upgrading to Windows - Windows 10 Forums
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  4.    31 Jul 2015 #64
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha View Post
    With regards to this thread, I have something to add. See my latest reply on here

    HOW do I transfer windows (retail license) after upgrading to Windows - Windows 10 Forums
    @alpha

    I would edit the badword out in that post. That is not allowed here. Brink is really knowledgeable by the way.
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  5.    31 Jul 2015 #65
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    win 7

    Thanks for highlighting
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  6.    01 Aug 2015 #66
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    The new approach will eventually make things easier for everyone down the road. Once people are using largely original 10 keys, then they can reinstall without having to re-enter keys or have them be stored in the BIOS. It's unfortunate the transition will be painful for some people, but sometimes transitions have to be done so that everything is better down the road.
    For the average user perhaps but consider PC tech enthusiasts and gamers who may need to reinsall Windows regularly and on different hardware. I see no way this new system is going to make life easier for them. I far preferred the Windows 8 promotion where they offered the OS at a discounted price and gave you a product key.
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  7.    01 Aug 2015 #67
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I have a strange one! I successfully upgraded from win 8.1 pro to win 10 pro and it activated without a problem. Then I decided to re-install win 8.1 pro on a different drive as I have the installation media. I had no problems activating that with my win 8.1 key. Now I have a dual boot with 10 and 8.1 and both are activated! So, I would say to the OP to go ahead and upgrade cause it seems you can still use win 8.1 if you have the installation media and your win 8.1 key.
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  8.    01 Aug 2015 #68
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    I have a strange one! I successfully upgraded from win 8.1 pro to win 10 pro and it activated without a problem. Then I decided to re-install win 8.1 pro on a different drive as I have the installation media. I had no problems activating that with my win 8.1 key. Now I have a dual boot with 10 and 8.1 and both are activated! So, I would say to the OP to go ahead and upgrade cause it seems you can still use win 8.1 if you have the installation media and your win 8.1 key.
    I just found out today that MS stores your hardware ID on your MS account. When you log in, your hardware is validated and you are automatically activated. So that is why you could get two valid activations on one machine.
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  9.    01 Aug 2015 #69
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by John Pombrio View Post
    I just found out today that MS stores your hardware ID on your MS account. When you log in, your hardware is validated and you are automatically activated. So that is why you could get two valid activations on one machine.
    Do you think if I uninstalled win 8.1 from my current machine and installed/activated it on another, I'd be able to upgrade that machine to win 10 too?
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  10.    01 Aug 2015 #70
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Pombrio View Post
    I just found out today that MS stores your hardware ID on your MS account. When you log in, your hardware is validated and you are automatically activated. So that is why you could get two valid activations on one machine.
    I was able to activate 10 without using a Microsoft Account on a clean install.
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