What I will do in your case — I'll start at safer point, assuming your licence is considered upgraded. This is really a wonderful website. I'm clueless to this generic key process. After that, you are committed. Now click on Install button.
This fool is proof of this. In case you are required to enter the product key to activate your Windows 10 system again after the installation. Because you upgraded from an insider build, it probably doesn't realise that your machine qualifies for the free upgrade. Yesterday I decided to do a clean Windows 10 Pro install. Will likely be back to get more. Thank you for your help so far Hello Adam, and welcome to Ten Forums.
When you install or reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Home on a same computer, you do not need to enter the product key to activate it in a normal way. But, it was not the scary Windows 7 blue screen but a Windows 10 one with a smiley. The activation returns 'not valid'. But very often, this is what happens. This option is really designed to prevent the key from being stolen by malware, if malware running on the current system gains access to the registry. As promised a few months ago, Microsoft is allowing users perform clean install of Windows 10 after upgrading from Windows 7 and Windows 8.
But in any case it worked wonderfully. Go to Settings for more information. This option still works on older versions of Windows and may continue to work on other editions of Windows, such as Windows Server, in the future. I tried skipping this entry and a few moments later was told that install could not find a key. Brink gave the explanation above. I'm doing this for my own peace of mind as I would think that a lot of people just may end up where I just did. That is good to know.
He could've told me To do that :. You are not able to do a clean install without a specific Windows 10 product key that you purchased. I figured it out the hard way. I intended on re-installing fresh so I was just curious if there would be an option for this here. I was trying to point out that after a re-install - the roll back to win7 option would most likely be gone. But I have no way to provide an activation key.
Generally you will not be asked to activate Windows 10 again after the reinstallation if you are using an activated install of Windows 10. . If your activation state says Windows is not activated, select Go to Store, and check to see if a valid license for Windows is available for your device. Sent with Email: If you purchased Windows 10 online, you may find the license key is included in an email that Microsoft sent you at the time of purchase. You can use any Windows 7 Pro media for re-installation, media is not bound to your key. But I'm really not sure whether this works if I simply make new clean install of Windows 7 after I upgraded to Windows 10.
The product key tool is very simple and easy for you to use only with two steps. You'll be paying one way or the other I guess. I wouldn't effin work anyway. Good info and good to know. I'd install Windows 7 clean, and then activate it with your existing key.
I will reinstall win7 pro x64 completely and fully update. However, after this my computer wouldnt boot at all No operating system found press ctrl + alt + delete to reboot. I would really like to understand why my installation did not verify. Run the disk from the desktop of your existing updated win10 and follow the prompts until you get to the Ready To Install screen at which point you can choose the third option clean installing windows10 for you and not needing to worry about having to go through any weird issues like I just experienced. Do I just need to wait and it might get activated later on by itself? I erroneously believed that I had to have the key in hand to validate my registration.
The final verdict is Microsoft is not definitive in the proper sequence or even in giving you a solution which is a. Did a dban and clean install of Win 7 on an old laptop I'm selling to pay for my new one, and can't get the sucker activated. Sorry for the long post. The Win 7 license is consumed in the Upgrade. So I finally got it fixed, after over a month and was very close to being institutionalized over it. It wasn't the easiest task, but after several weeks I'm good. Before anyone 'jumps' on me for doing it this way.