need product key

  1.    11 Jan 2017 #1

    need product key

    Back in July of 2015 (I think that was the year) when you got windows 10 free of charge, I downloaded it and saved the file. I had to reinstall today and was asked for the product key. I did not get one. If I remember right there was one key for all of them. Does anyone know what the key is?
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       11 Jan 2017 #2

    Win10 uses Digital Entitlement, I do the reinstall/clean install, log into my Microsoft account then Activate, so far has always worked.
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  3.    11 Jan 2017 #3

    Frank1 said: View Post
    Does anyone know what the key is?
    Lots of people know what the product key is, but you don't need it. Just curious, have you tried Google?
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  4.    11 Jan 2017 #4

    It worked out OK. I don't remember exactly how I did it but I clicked a few things and then hit the back button and it started installing.
    Thanks for your response
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       11 Jan 2017 #5

    Frank1 said: View Post
    It worked out OK. I don't remember exactly how I did it but I clicked a few things...
    Probably the 'I don't have one' option when it asked for a key. If you are doing a reinstall on a machine that had the free upgrade, then it should activate automatically from the Digital Licence already linked to your PC's hardware and held on the MS activation servers.
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Jan 2017 #6

    But a lot of people don`t know to click skip when it asks for the key.
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  7.    12 Jan 2017 #7

    I read somewhere you can clean install Windows 10 and use your Windows 7 valid key to activate it.
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