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  1.    02 Apr 2016 #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddwarf4ever View Post
    The error was with a DVD, trying USB pen now, seems to be working....
    I had a feeling it was DVD. I use thumb drives myself, the installs go a lot faster.
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  2.    02 Apr 2016 #22

    Yes but why so much trouble with the DVD ? why was I getting that error, didn't get it when installing 10-N from a DVD curiously enough
    A pen is better though, as you say faster and can hold 32 &. 64 bit versions...using an 8gb pen so should be ok.....

    Have been told that using the 'N' version is better for older computers.....don't know f that's true or not...
    but can never use a 'N' version unless have a 7 or 8 'N' version which is unlikely.....
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  3.    02 Apr 2016 #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddwarf4ever View Post
    Yes but why so much trouble with the DVD ? why was I getting that error, didn't get it when installing 10-N from a DVD curiously enough
    A pen is better though, as you say faster and can hold 32 &. 64 bit versions...using an 8gb pen so should be ok.....

    Have been told that using the 'N' version is better for older computers.....don't know f that's true or not...
    but can never use a 'N' version unless have a 7 or 8 'N' version which is unlikely.....
    I don't know why you get that error using a DVD, only that its a common error when you do install from a DVD? I would think the driver you need is the SATA driver, unless your DVD is on IDE?

    I don't think it matters, N or normal, on old hardware. N is just missing some stuff. You can't upgrade to 10 N if the qualifying OS isn't the N version. There is nothing stopping you from buying the N version stand alone though. Not as far as I know anyway.
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  4.    02 Apr 2016 #24

    thanks
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  5.    02 Apr 2016 #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by hTconeM9user View Post
    Look on your screenshot at end of Pro next to the l is a capital N
    OK. got it. I guess I was reading too hard.
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  6.    03 Apr 2016 #26

    So the 'N' version was the issue, installed normal Windows 10 pro and activated immediately..installed using USB boot....also clean installed Windows 10 home on my Wifes PC ( finally convinced her to move up from Vista.....) but used the DVD for that install without issues....so all swell that ends well and something else learnt...
    thanks everyone
    Last edited by reddwarf4ever; 03 Apr 2016 at 12:17.
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  7.    03 Apr 2016 #27
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  8.    03 Apr 2016 #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddwarf4ever View Post
    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
    My experience has been (N or non N notwithstanding) that you won't be able to activate 10 with a 7 key unless 7 has been previously installed.
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  9.    03 Apr 2016 #29

    Quote Originally Posted by CTPhil View Post
    My experience has been (N or non N notwithstanding) that you won't be able to activate 10 with a 7 key unless 7 has been previously installed.
    You can do a clean install on ANY system, whatever the OS, so long as you have a valid Windows 7,8 or 8.1 product key, that has not previously been used for a Windows 10 upgrade.....didn't used to be this way, but MS changed the rules, for the better, unbelievably.....just did clean install on a PC with Vista with a Windows 7 product key...although it can be added later with a CMD line...
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  10.    03 Apr 2016 #30
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    As long as it's not a Windows 7 OEM-SLP key, it should be doable. Some people have used a key finder on the an installed Windows 7 OS and got that key. Those keys are refused if entered manually on a clean install. You can upgrade from an OS using them, but not clean install with them. To clean install 10 with a Windows 7 key it needs to be Retail or OEM-COA (from the COA sticker on an OEM PC).
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