Windows 10: Clean install after upgrade Windows NOT activating Solved

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  1.    01 Apr 2016 #11

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    There's your issue, you installed the N version. You want the regular Windows 10 version. Select Windows 10 (without the N) from the drop down in the MCT.
    Where do you see N version?
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  2.    01 Apr 2016 #12

    Can't believe that I can't chose the option without IE....( internet explorer ) I have just reinstalled all my apps....so guess I am stuck now....only thing I can think of is running the upgrade live or from disk, will this then put the full version on, or will updates eventually resolve it
    thanks

    PS when I did the live upgrade to Windows 10 I don't remember getting the 'N' choice it was 32 or 64 bit or both as I remember......but the ISO can be downloaded with these choices
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  3.    01 Apr 2016 #13

    Clint said: View Post
    Where do you see N version?
    I did create the disk with the N version, but can't see how it should matter, will badger MS tomorrow for an authorisation code....once activated it shouldn't matter anymore should it.....??? going to do a true image back up once all apps installed.....
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  4.    02 Apr 2016 #14

    reddwarf4ever said: View Post
    I did create the disk with the N version, but can't see how it should matter, will badger MS tomorrow for an authorisation code....once activated it shouldn't matter anymore should it.....??? going to do a true image back up once all apps installed.....
    Of course it matters. The licences are not interchangeable due to legal reasons.

    MS will not help you as they would be giving you an EXTRA free licence.

    Just reinstall correct version or buy an N licence!
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       02 Apr 2016 #15

    Clint said: View Post
    Where do you see N version?
    Look on your screenshot at end of Pro next to the l is a capital N
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  6.    02 Apr 2016 #16

    cereberus said: View Post
    Of course it matters. The licences are not interchangeable due to legal reasons.

    MS will not help you as they would be giving you an EXTRA free licence.

    Just reinstall correct version or buy an N licence!
    All the 'N' version is that it comes without the media package and IE I think....it's still Windows 10 pro....
    Will phone MS later and see if they can help....if not will have to start again.....but honestly don't remember having a choice of the 'N' version when doing the in situ upgrade from Windows 7 originally....which means Windows 10N can NEVER be used as a clean install after an upgrade

    Following on from this Leeds me to another question.....I want to install Windows 10 on a fairly old PC, but intend doing a clean install as it currently has Vista on it....I have bought a Windows 7 PRO licence.. ( NOT 'N' )
    So can I do a clean install of Windows 10 Pro FULL using the Windows 7 product key I have just bought.....or heaven forbid do I need to buy a Windows 7 Pro 'N' licence ??? the 'N' version is apparenlty better for older PC's
    thanks
    Last edited by reddwarf4ever; 02 Apr 2016 at 04:46.
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  7.    02 Apr 2016 #17

    reddwarf4ever said: View Post
    All the 'N' version is that it comes without the media package and IE I think....it's still Windows 10 pro....
    Will phone MS later and see if they can help....if not will have to start again.....but honestly don't remember having a choice of the 'N' version when doing the in situ upgrade from Windows 7 originally....which means Windows 10N can NEVER be used as a clean install after an upgrade

    Following on from this Leeds me to another question.....I want to install Windows 10 on a fairly old PC, but intend doing a clean install as it currently has Vista on it....I have bought a Windows 7 PRO licence.. ( NOT 'N' )
    So can I do a clean install of Windows 10 Pro FULL using the Windows 7 product key I have just bought.....or heaven forbid do I need to buy a Windows 7 Pro 'N' licence ??? the 'N' version is apparenlty better for older PC's
    thanks
    The N and non N versions each use different Product codes. They are not interchangeable. Your digital entitlement is for the non N version, that's why your N version won't activate. You will have to reinstall the correct version. If your other Windows 7 is a non N, don't install the N version or you will be right back in the same situation you are now. The N version will not accept your regular 7 key.
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  8.    02 Apr 2016 #18

    Ok I downloaded the non 'N' version 64 bit , burnt a disk and booted from it...

    instead ad of being offered an install I get a window with no device drivers were found make sure etc etc etc...
    pis this to do with bios settings for boot..?
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  9.    02 Apr 2016 #19

    DVD or USB thumb drive? If thumb drive, make sure its plugged into a USB 2 port, not a USB 3 port.
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  10.    02 Apr 2016 #20

    The error was with a DVD, trying USB pen now, seems to be working....
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