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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    W10
       29 Jul 2015 #11

    Brink said: View Post
    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 or Media Creation Tool on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, 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.
    Just in theory ^^
    I did it and it doesn't work, windows is not activated after the clean install...
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       29 Jul 2015 #12

    Xanathos said: View Post
    Just in theory ^^
    I did it and it doesn't work, windows is not activated after the clean install...
    Yes I can confirm that. If you do clean install, windows 10 will not accept your previous legal win 7, 8 or 8.1 product key.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,390
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       29 Jul 2015 #13

    If you only did a clean install to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8, then the free offer Windows 10 will not be activated unless you had already did what I posted above first on that PC.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       29 Jul 2015 #14

    Brink said: View Post
    If you only did a clean install to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8, then the free offer Windows 10 will not be activated unless you had already did what I posted above first on that PC.
    that is what we are saying, we already did what you posted, and it still dosent work
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       29 Jul 2015 #15

    If you change to a different edition, such as the Educational edition, even if you upgraded first it will still require a new key. The upgrade activation is only valid with the same edition you have installed, or upgraded.

    So, for example. If you upgraded your Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10, you would have Windows 10 Home. If you wipe the drive and re-install Windows 10 home (same edition... be careful not to confuse single language with multiple language) then it will continue to be activated.

    If, however you upgraded your Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home, then wiped and installed Windows 10 Educational, it will NOT activate and you will need a new key because Educational is a different SKU.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,390
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       29 Jul 2015 #16

    In that case and if you did what Mystere posted above, give it a day or two of trying to activate.

    The MS activation servers have been under heavy load, and not always able to activate.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    W10
       29 Jul 2015 #17

    animedan said: View Post
    that is what we are saying, we already did what you posted, and it still dosent work
    +1
    Just hope that microsoft will publish a fix soon !
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  8. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 10
    10 TP
       29 Jul 2015 #18

    I have the same problem.

    I upgraded my 8.1 pro which worked fine.
    The fresh install there after refuses to activate, MS support (line 1) were unable to help, it has been escalated to line two who are due to call me tomorrow.

    I'll let you know how it goes.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 4
    W10
       29 Jul 2015 #19

    It now works for me without any action !
    So i think you just have to wait a little bit
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Edu 64Bit
       29 Jul 2015 #20

    Thanks for the suggestions, I just installed Windows 8.1 Pro and I will wait for the icon to show.
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