1.    29 Jul 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Activation / Question regarding clean install


    So i have just upgraded from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro,
    i had/have a legal Windows 7 Pro license key that came with my laptop and it activated Windows 7 just fine.

    Windows 10 however will not activate, i already read that this might be possible due to the activation servers?
    Is this problem still ongoing and if so is there a time frame in which it will be solved?



    I also dualboot my laptop with Linux, i plan to remove Linux this week and i would like to format my SSD and do a clean Windows 10 install. I download a Win10 media creation tool to download an ISO and create a bootable USB.

    If i do this how will i be able to activate Windows 10? Do i use my Windows 7 key or will i have to retrieve my Win10 key somehow?

    Thanks in advance :-)
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  2.    29 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Hello NickyNails, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    When you upgrade with the free reserved copy from the GWX app on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, Windows 10 has a generic key included that will activate it.

    If you clean install Windows 10 without doing the above first, Windows 10 will not be activated.


    Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.
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  3.    29 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Well, the server is up so my upgrade finally activated.
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  4.    29 Jul 2015 #4

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello NickyNails, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    When you upgrade with the free reserved copy from the GWX app on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, Windows 10 has a generic key included that will activate it.

    If you clean install Windows 10 without doing the above first, Windows 10 will not be activated.


    Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.
    Thank you for your quick answers I'm glad to hear we won't be bothered with keeping license keys anymore

    I upgraded from Win7 so when the activation servers finally work and activate my Windows, i'll clean install
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