Ideas of the best license to activate

  1. spokey's Avatar
    Posts : 73
    Win 10 pro
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    Ideas of the best license to activate


    I'm building a new desktop. I have some licenses hanging around so I figured I'd at least try to see if I can activate one rather than buy a new win10 pro

    One license is a win7 pro on an old dell laptop. That was upgraded to win10 last year but I reverted back when I couldn't get it updated past 1803. The win7 license was an upgrade from XP. But that machine is actually currently running on a full retail 8.1 that I moved there from another machine after deactivating. That 8.1 is probably going to my grandson soon.

    Have another desktop running win7 pro that is a full retail also upgraded from XP.

    I know there has been discussion on whether you can still upgrade win7/8 but I figure it's worth a shot before plunking down $200.

    So would I be better off trying to activate a brand new build off a win7 pro that was originally an upgrade BUT has been used to activate win10. So microsoft knows about this one already and might view it just a an OK change in hardware.

    Or deactivate the desktop and swap licenses and use the full retail win7 pro even though that one has not been activated for win10 previously.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,711
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    You could try any of the Pro licenses if going with the Win10 Pro, worst that would happen is No. I've never installed Win8/8.1/10 from a purchased version, mostly do repair or reset types and Upgrades over running Win7 and later. Win8 and later OEM have the Product Key embedded in the hardware. I found a Win8 Ultimate key from the old Microsoft Partners program but it only wanted an Enterprise server to activate. Fortunately there was also a Pro key that did work to Upgrade my Win10 Home to Pro.
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