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Activating Windows 10 using a Windows 7 Product Key . . .


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:42 PM

I know that at one time it was possible to do this when you were doing a clean install (and, of course, doing this legally by only having used that Windows 7 product key for a single installation of either Windows 7 or Windows 10, but not both at once using the same key on two different machines).

 

I have actually never attempted this, and haven't seen it discussed recently.  I know someone that's got a Windows 7 Pro key that's unused and they were thinking about installing Windows 10 instead.  Can you supply a Windows 7 Pro key and have Windows 10 Pro activate, or must you install Windows 7 Pro and do an in-place upgrade (which does still work, at least as of 7 weeks ago when I did my latest one).


Edited by hamluis, 02 July 2019 - 01:09 PM.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:02 PM

As part of Windows 10’s November update, Microsoft changed the Windows 10 installer disc to also accept Windows 7 or 8.1 keys. This allowed users to perform a clean install Windows 10 and enter a valid Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key during installation. Windows 10 would then report that key to Microsoft’s servers, and Windows 10’s activation servers would give your PC a “digital entitlement” (now a “digital license”) to continue using Windows 10 for free, just as if you had upgraded.
 
This also works from within Windows 10. Even if you don’t provide a key during the installation process, you can head to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and enter a Windows 7 or 8.1 key here instead of a Windows 10 key. Your PC will receive a digital entitlement.
 
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:12 PM

Thanks much.


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Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:13 PM

 

As part of Windows 10’s November update, Microsoft changed the Windows 10 installer disc to also accept Windows 7 or 8.1 keys. This allowed users to perform a clean install Windows 10 and enter a valid Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key during installation. Windows 10 would then report that key to Microsoft’s servers, and Windows 10’s activation servers would give your PC a “digital entitlement” (now a “digital license”) to continue using Windows 10 for free, just as if you had upgraded.
 
This also works from within Windows 10. Even if you don’t provide a key during the installation process, you can head to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and enter a Windows 7 or 8.1 key here instead of a Windows 10 key. Your PC will receive a digital entitlement.
 
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Is this still true? 



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Posted 02 July 2019 - 03:21 AM

Is this still true?


I think so, I didn't find any user reports saying the contrarily.

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 09:33 AM

 

Is this still true?


I think so, I didn't find any user reports saying the contrarily.

 

Thank you!


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Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:16 PM

been upgrading work pc's (1 at a time - 52 of them total) from windows 7 systems with new motherboards cpu's ram ssd's and doing fresh installs of win10 1903 using the windows 7 keys with no issues upgrading.

and 7/1/19 is the latest one i upgraded.



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 02:27 PM

As Of Aug 6, 2019, this still works. I corrupted my user profile in win7, decided if I'm reinstalling anyway, might as well go to Win 10. I did a clean install and typed in my win7 key and it activated fully. (Using home edition.)



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Posted 12 August 2019 - 04:21 AM

I've used a Windows 7 Ultimate key to activate Windows 10 Pro on a brand new build back in late June






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