Win 10 Pro: Retail vs upgrading from win 7 Pro license

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    Win 10 Pro

    Win 10 Pro: Retail vs upgrading from win 7 Pro license

    I'll be installing win 10 Pro to a test machine in the next weeks. Is there a 'version difference' in buying the retail version as opposed to "trading in" a win 7 pro license?
    I guess my question really is, does buying the retail version translate to more control over Win 10 options as pertain to privacy and updates? Any other differences?

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  2. Posts : 43,294
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, there is no difference in what you get. Just Pro.

    In general, you can upgrade from Win 7 Pro, or you can clean install Win 10 and activate it using a valid Win 7 license. There can be a complication if there's a key embeddded in the BIOS.
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  3. Posts : 18,443
    Windows 11 Pro

    And there can be a complication with activating a clean install of Windows 10 with a Windows 7 product key if that product key has been blocked from automatic online activation.
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    3-Win-7Prox64 3-Win10Prox64 3-LinuxMint20.2

    Only difference is OEM or Retail
    10-7 pro are the same.
    Retail can be moved to another machine with only one active activation.
    OEM like dell/... are locked to the machine it came with
    Another is system builders oem it also is locked to the mother board it was originally installed on.
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