Windows 10: Windows 10 Insider Activation Help Solved

  1.    21 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Insider Activation Help


    Alright, awhile back I built a custom gaming PC in hopes that I would get Windows 10 for free, now that it is released, I don't get it for free, so off Amazon, I purchased a Windows 10 Home Edition Activation Key, as you know the preview is for the Pro Edition. So I need help as to what I can do, I have an activation key for WIndows 10 Home, so how can I put the full version of Windows 10 Home on my PC?
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  2.    21 Aug 2015 #2

    You can get an ISO here, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softw...load/windows10 You'll need to do a clean install to switch to Home.
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  3.    21 Aug 2015 #3

    To get Windows 10 for free you need to do an upgrade from a qualifying OS. Its a free upgrade. Windows 7 with SP1 or Windows 8.1.
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  4.    21 Aug 2015 #4

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    To get Windows 10 for free you need to do an upgrade from a qualifying OS. Its a free upgrade. Windows 7 with SP1 or Windows 8.1.
    and it probably would have been cheaper to buy an OEM key for one of those....
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  5.    21 Aug 2015 #5

    please read what OP said


    The upgrade from an original W7/8/8.1 is free, but as you said you Built your system in the hope of of a free upgrade, NOT a hope in !!!!!

    Roy
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  6.    21 Aug 2015 #6

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    and it probably would have been cheaper to buy an OEM key for one of those....
    Or use what you have if you have a Retail version not currently installed on a PC. I mentioned it because some still don't release its a free upgrade. A clean install on new hardware isn't going to activate.
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  7.    21 Aug 2015 #7

    Can I use reset this PC? Or is their something else I need to do.
    (the only way I know how to do a clean install is wipe the hard drive, then install)
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  8.    21 Aug 2015 #8

    Reset will just clean install Pro again. You need to wipe the hard drive and do an actual clean install to go back to Home. Or buy a Pro key.
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  9.    21 Aug 2015 #9

    Righto, here is what I am going to do, download the iso with the Media Creator, put it on an flash drive, and use the key from Amazon on the install would that work?
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  10.    21 Aug 2015 #10

    Yes, that will work. But what will also work is this:

    1. Format the new system's boot drive and install Win7 (or 8) from the installation disk you have for your other PC
    2. Do the Win10 upgrade to the new PC. This will register your hardware configuration with MS.
    3. Format the boot disk again and do a clean install of Win10 (again). This time, when it asks you for a key, click "Skip".

    Your new system will be fully activated because you just installed Win10 on a system for which MS has the hardware config on file.

    (That's right - you really didn't need to buy that key. Sorry about that.)
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