Windows 10: upgrade Win 8 technet licenses
upgrade Win 8 technet licenses
I have a bunch of Win 8.1 licenses from my technet subscription. Obviously, the subscription no long exists, but I find these licenses still work when I activate my machines.
So my question is: how can I batch upgrade these licenses to Win 10 before it the free upgrade period lapses?
The licenses should still be good, no matter what version you're running. You can't upgrade keys.
To answer your question; you will need to upgrade to windows 10 before the dead line for however many keys you have.
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While the offer is available it is possible to use Windows 7 & 8.1 keys to activate Windows 10 without first upgrading.
What you need to do is run the setup for Windows 10, if you install Windows 10 on a system that has no other OS installed or a OS like Vista or XP you can use a key of 8.1 or 7 for activating Windows 10.
You can't upgrade just product keys to Windows 10. You upgrade devices to Windows 10. The license for Windows 10 stored on Microsoft activation servers is for that computer - not for the Windows 7/8/8.1 product key that it came for.
I used to subscribe to Technet before Microsoft discontinued the program.
I have a legal, retail, Windows 7 Premium package that was an upgrade to Vista.
I just used one of my Technet Windows 7 Ultimate keys that I had saved from my Technet...
I notice when looking at the key after installing the W10 upgrade from an old TechNet W8.1 system there are TWO keys
OEM Key (which is the old TechNet key) and Installed key which is the W10 generic key.
If you do a clean install...
(@Mods -- wrong Section - please move to Windows activation)
If you have a load of old unused TechNet keys then doing a Clean install and entering any of these keys WON'T WORK.
You need unfortunately to install the product...
I tried re-installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise that I downloaded from TechNet during my subscription --it's the VL multiple activation one.
The Keys don't activate it any more -- I've only activated it about 3 times and it IS a VL one...
For those of you who have MSDN or the last few days of TechNet and you want to keep your Keys for your downloads in a nice easy file do the following.
1) on the subscriber Product keys page chose EXPORT to XML
2) Save as an XML file...