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#1 Rokkaholik

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 04:42 PM

On my vacation coming up, I'm going to be redoing my PC. The Windows 10 I have was the free upgrade version they had from 7, 8, and 8.1 a couple years ago, although I did download the ISO Image right from Microsoft and did a fresh install of it (not upgraded from 7), and then used my Windows 7 key to activate it.

 

Silly question....

 

 

When I redo it next week, Will my Windows 7 key still activate Windows 10 or will it throw a mild tantrum?


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#2 WhenKittensATK

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 08:23 PM

Whenever I reinstall Windows 10 I just install it without a serial key and login with my Microsoft account. So if you linked your Microsoft account you probably won't need a serial key.

 

This might have the answer you're looking for: https://answers.micr...2bfc257e?auth=1


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 09:51 PM

If you upgraded the same hardware you have now you can reinstall with the newest Windows 10 ISO and NOT use a key 99% of the time (just be sure to select the proper version) and it will activate when online giving a message of "Windows is activated with a digital license"

 

If you used the Windows 7 key on the same hardware that should still be an option again now, it may also work with dissimilar hardware assuming it was a retail Windows 7 key

 

If you use a Microsoft account that adds another layer of activation records that should allow you to activate the same hardware again.

 

Overall it's pretty straight forward and if you don't mind some extra hassle you can actually still do a free upgrade today, or at least it still worked last week for me.   It requires the original Windows 10 ISO upgrading over a legit windows 7/8/8.1 install with the internet disabled until the windows 10 upgrade is complete. 


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Posted 21 December 2017 - 04:38 PM

My Win 7 install was one from when I was in school back in 2009 (When 7 was released). I used it up until the last week Win 10 was being given for FREE upgrades and I finally did it. I didn't just "upgrade" the 7 that was installed, but rather went to the Microsoft site and downloaded the FULL version ISO and installed that and activated it using my Win 7 key. I remember it saying something like my new Win 10 was now associated to the key now and Win7 would no longer work, etc... blah blah blah...lol


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:33 PM

How did your reinstall go? Any tips/pitfalls encountered for people wanting to do the same? I have a Win 10 machine too (upgraded for free from Windows 7). I'm thinking of getting a new mobo+CPU+RAM, but keeping all the other components (GPU, SSD, keyboard, mouse, monitor). Is there any chance I'd be able to keep using the same free Win 10 license?

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:03 PM

I held off because I won a new video card in the christmas contest. Once I get it, I'll reinstall everything new


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:30 PM

I've done multiple re-installs on three different PCs at home using ISOs I created from the Media Creation Utility.  These installs have included release versions 1511, 1607 and 1703.  Haven't tried it with branch 1709 yet though.  Regardless of the machine, or Windows 10 release version, every one of them has activated automatically without issue.  All three of these machines began life as Windows 7 Pro operating systems.  In my gaming machine I've even changed SSD Arrays and reinstalled Windows 10 without issue.

 

The only horror story I've personally experienced was with a motherboard replacement of a co-worker.  His upgrade of Windows 10 would not reactivate after changing the motherboard.  He even went as far as calling MS and was essentially told he was SOL in this situation.


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