Windows 10: Win 10 Activation with Win 7 licence

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  1.    07 Dec 2015 #1

    Win 10 Activation with Win 7 licence


    Hello, i am planning to do a clean installation of Windows 10 and activate it with the key from the COA sticker on the same pc which is currently running OEM Windows 7 Home Premium.

    As i understand it, the iso/esd created by the media creation tool contains both Win 10 Home and Pro and will install and activate Home if I enter that key.

    My question is, in order for the activation to work, does the new installation have to have the same architecture and language as the one the Win 7 key is for?

    Also, i don't suppose it would activate Windows 10 Home N, would it?
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       07 Dec 2015 #2

    RE : My question is, in order for the activation to work, does the new installation have to have the same architecture and language as the one the Win 7 key is for?

    Answer : Yes. It's a must.

    Your Win 7 is a Home Premium version, so your upgrade has to be........
    Windows 10 Home.
    Same bit version
    Same language.
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  3.    07 Dec 2015 #3

    davidhk said: View Post
    RE : My question is, in order for the activation to work, does the new installation have to have the same architecture and language as the one the Win 7 key is for?

    Answer : Yes. It's a must.

    Your Win 7 is a Home Premium version, so your upgrade has to be........
    Windows 10 Home.
    Same bit version
    Same language.
    Almost correct, does NOT have to be same bit, can be 32 OR 64 Everything else is correct....:)
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       07 Dec 2015 #4

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Almost correct, does NOT have to be same bit, can be 32 OR 64 Everything else is correct....:)
    Really ?
    I did not know that.
    Thank you.

    P.S. Tried to give you rep point but was told to give it to someone else first, but I thought I did give rep point to another member after you. Oh well.
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       07 Dec 2015 #5

    davidhk said: View Post
    Really ?
    I did not know that.
    Thank you.
    RIght, the Product Key works for either 32-bit or 64-bit. My experience is that the free Win10 Upgrade will work only with the installed version, either 32-bit or 64-bit. A clean install should allow changing that.
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       07 Dec 2015 #6

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Almost correct, does NOT have to be same bit, can be 32 OR 64 Everything else is correct....:)
    I have a Dell laptop 32-bit with a 64-bit processor. Don't know how but that's how it was sold to me by Dell.

    Does that mean I can download a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro from MCT and install over the current 32-bit Windows 10 Pro ?
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       07 Dec 2015 #7

    Berton said: View Post
    RIght, the Product Key works for either 32-bit or 64-bit. My experience is that the free Win10 Upgrade will work only with the installed version, either 32-bit or 64-bit. A clean install should allow changing that.
    Oh, it is applicable only on Clean Install but not in-place upgrade install.
    Do I understand correctly ?
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  •    07 Dec 2015 #8

    davidhk said: View Post
    Oh, it is applicable only on Clean Install but not in-place upgrade install.
    Do I understand correctly ?
    That's a good question, I know it will work on clean install, not sure about in-place upgrade thou. You could look at some of Brinks Tutorials to find the answer.
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  •    07 Dec 2015 #9

    Make sure you have the latest Build 10586-1511.
    I just did a clean new hard drive install from Windows 10 Home 64 to Windows 10 Home 64.
    You can use the Key right off the COA sticked to activate.
    I also tried to skip the activation till it was installed and that didn't work.
    You put the key in at that first instance and continue along.
    After the final boot, you'll see its activated.
    Also with this build, when you go to install, it gives you the option of Home or Pro. I'm not sure you can upgrade a version. I stuck with from Home to Home.
    Pete
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  •    07 Dec 2015 #10

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    That's a good question, I know it will work on clean install, not sure about in-place upgrade thou. You could look at some of Brinks Tutorials to find the answer.
    No in place upgrade. Clean install only.
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