Installing a fresh Windows 10 install using Windows 7 product key

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  1. empire01 macrumors member

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    I have a copy of Windows 7 with the product key. But would like to have a fresh install, using bootcamp, of Windows 10. If I install Windows 10 will it access the Windows 7 product key or do I need to install 7 first and do an upgrade?
    Thanks
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Windows 10 is a free upgrade from Windows 7. Try installing Windows 10 directly. If that does not work, then install your copy of Windows 7 and then upgrade.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    You will need a licensed copy of Windows 7 to get Windows 10 for free. Windows 10 will be automatically activated after upgrading.

    Just in case, the version you are eligible to upgrade to is related to your licensed copy of Windows 7.
     
  4. macenied, Aug 14, 2015
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    macenied macrumors 6502a

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    No. Have an installed and licensed W7/W8/W8.1 already. Update it to W10 and get the free W10 license. Optional/additional: Install Windows 10 clean by booting from installation media, skip the product key inputs. W10 will keep the license of the previous update.
     
  5. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    This is correct. An additional option is to not do the online upgrade at all.
    An interesting article about Windows 10 activation where I obtained the above info is here.
     
  6. Frisco macrumors 68020

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  7. macenied macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't upgrade first you will need a W10 product key.
     
  8. kepler20b macrumors 6502

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    sigh... if it isnt broke, dont fix it.


    I tried updating my bootcamp drivers for w10. boot loop.

    restart the partition i guess... now i can make it smaller i suppose, which is something i wanted to do for a while anyway
     
  9. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    Same thing happened to me. I deleted my partition, did a fresh install and it's now working.
     
  10. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    To activate your free Windows 10 license you need to run the installer from within your already licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 but you don't need to upgrade.
    One of the options the installer will present will be to keep nothing.
    Select that one and you'll get a fresh installation of Windows 10.
    During the installation it will examine your hardware, create a hashtag, and send that tag to Microsoft's servers.
    For every subsequent installation of Windows 10, as long as your hardware hasn't changed excessively, it will automatically activate without ever having to enter an other product key.
     
  11. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Not true
    This is correct. As I posted before, this link explains it pretty well.
     
  12. macenied, Aug 15, 2015
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    macenied macrumors 6502a

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    @Darth.Titan:

    This is hair splitting and confusing. You consider the upgrade with the option "keep nothing" as no upgrade ;) .

    The point is:
    When you boot from installation media ( W10 DVD or W10 USB stick ) it is always a new install. Don't do this for the first W10 installation when you want to get the free license.

    To get the free license, boot an installed W7/8/8.1 and execute the setup program on the installation media.
     
  13. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit, but I can only upgrade to Windows 10 32 Bit, because my processor is not supported in the 64 Bit version of Win 10.

    How do I go about this without buying a license and doing a clean install. I know I have to do a clean install, but I guess I will have to buy a license to go from Win 7 64 to Win 10 32 because there is no upgrade route.
     
  14. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I think it should be as easy as downloading the Windows 10 32-bit installer and running it from within your current Windows 7 setup.

    You might also want to check here to see if your CPU is really a problem.
    https://www.infopackets.com/news/9619/how-fix-cpu-not-compatible-windows-10-error
     
  15. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    No it says I need the 64 Bit version when I tried that. But I researched my processor and it is not supported.
     
  16. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    This sounds weird. What Mac and processor do you have?
     
  17. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    If you're going to have to do a clean install anyway then you may as well do a clean install of Windows 7 32-bit and then you'll at least be able to claim your free Windows 10 license.
    Use a key finder program if you don't still have your Windows 7 license key and then use that key to download the Windows 7 Ultimate installer for 32-bit.
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery

    The same key will work for 32 or 64-bit.
     

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