Windows 10: Using Windows 7 key to activate bootcamped windows 10?

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    Windows 10 Bootcamp
       05 Nov 2015 #1

    Using Windows 7 key to activate bootcamped windows 10?

    Hello TenForums!

    I have recently decided to BootCamp Windows 10 using my Macbook Pro 2015 which is also running El Capitan. I'm bootcamping because I'm currently out of town and want to preload Fallout 4 onto my External before I get back. Because Windows 10 is free for owners of previous Windows versions, Is it possible to use my Windows 7 key to activate my Bootcamped version of Windows 10?
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    Dual Boot 10 Pro v1607 10 Pro rs2 build 14971
       05 Nov 2015 #2

    Hi 21kclimer, welcome to Ten Forums. Windows 10 is a free upgrade from windows 7 SP1 or 8.1 . Right now you have to have a preexisting windows installed first for it to be free. The upgrade will activate without a key needed. After that you can clean install, if you wish, and it will activate without a key (Digital entitlement). If you don't have an existing windows installed, the easiest is to buy a key, or box and install.
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  3.    05 Nov 2015 #3

    Windows 10 is also a free upgrade from Windows 7 (no SP1 required) and Windows 8.0 (8.1 is not required). After November 10, hopefully, a Windows 10 update will be out which will allow upgrading with just a Windows 7 product key, but the current version must have the original Windows 7/8/8.1 installed first.
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    Windows 10 Bootcamp
    Thread Starter
       05 Nov 2015 #4

    Thanks for the reply guys! Do you guys think Bootcamp Windows 7 using my disc and key, and then just upgrading it from there would work? Not sure my MBP could handle the three operating systems
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    Dual Boot 10 Pro v1607 10 Pro rs2 build 14971
       05 Nov 2015 #5

    Yes, that will work just fine. The default bootcamp is very small I think about 25gb, you might want to increase it when you first set it up. Once you are "bootcamped" there is no easy way to increase the partition. Apple does have good directions on their support pages for setting up bootcamp, and installing windows except they don't tell you about the small default partition size.

    Edit: Make sure that you have 64bit windows. Mac doesn't support 32 bit.
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