If you haven't yet set up an account on AskWoody. Once you have activated an upgrade, you can clean install and will not get a new key. We're moving a metric ton of data, so don't be surprised if things are sluggish for a day or even more. Please understand the installer will let you but eventually one of the computers will be flagged as not being legit likely even if they are exactly the same since the hdd serial is likely taken into account. Right from the get go an Acer auto bios update wiped the acer id code off the machine, and what with bad updates from microsoft, actual viruses and 6 hdd failures, i must have reinstalled at least 100 times in the last 7 yrs.
If you don't use it on the other machine there shouldn't be any issues with reactivating. While the merge is under way, you'll have sporadic access to your account and your posts. Now, I have a perfectly fine retail version of Windows 8 Pro not being used for anything. Does that clear it up? If it is the free upgrade, you will have to reinstall the Win7 or 8. Supposedly you can have them do it via support services. I currently have an academic license key for Windows 7, which is basically a full license key, not an upgrade.
My question is what happens to the Windows 7 key that I use to upgrade? That licence is not freed up for use on another computer after the upgrade. Usually, your Windows 8 product key will be with the email you received after buying Windows 8 for download, or if you purchased it in a box with a disc, with the packaging. It should look a lot like the image you see here. With a few simple commands you can easily uninstall it. You cant use any key win 10 handles keys very differently Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag. Is there any chance that Microsoft may wrongly think more installations are using the same key? Or I have to install Windows 7 first, then upgrade to 10? You might be able to find a cheap Win7 Pro upgrade to install so that the machine will upgrade to Win 10 Pro.
It will be different parts all around. I tried link to Microsoft store but it does not shows any records. Thanks in advance for any answer! If that's the case, then your Windows 8 license is good to use wherever you wish to use it. The Windows 7 product key is still valid, the license just isn't, which is a small but technical difference. If you restore your old pre-activated Windows 7 install, then that essentially deactivates your upgrade key and frees it up for use on another computer, if you so desire. You may be able to find a good deal on a Win 8.
I apologize if I word my question oddly for I am a complete noob when it comes to these things. The key is associated with that hardware, so yes, you can do indefinite clean installs on that hardware. With a bit of luck it won't be too jarring. To do this, you will need to enter the following line in an elevated Administrator command prompt; dism. Cheers jimboI installed Win 7, then activated it.
I made a Windows 10 installation disc from the downloaded files followed the steps mentioned in one of the other articles. . I've had to do this once. However, I believe the next release of Windows 10, which is tomorrow, should let you activate Windows 10 directly with the Windows 7 or Windows 8. I then upgraded to Win 8. I intend to install Windows 10 Pro on the laptop. The activation is tied to your computer using various pieces of unique info that is recorded back inside the dungeons of Microsoft.
Now as for reactivating it. I did not explicitly activate my Windows 8 installation but I see it's activated now so I suppose it was done automatically when I accessed internet for the first time. There are very few people who will use a single license across several computers in the course of 2-3 years. Do let us know in the comments why you want to uninstall the Windows product key. Especially the hijack keys aspect.
I want to upgrade to Windows 8. If you bought it and you installed it. We can almost guarantee that rumors will circulate soon that Microsoft is blacklisting any key that is used to activate Windows 8. I have paid Eur 29. Only a single computer can use an upgrade at any given time. How do i get my product key back? I suppose this approach should be viable and compliant to policies. But, you need to perform a new upgrade on new hardware to get that hardware associated with the key so it can be clean installed again.
Now as for reactivating it. On the other hand, if you bought a boxed or a digital copy that was then applied to your current machine, as long as it's legal, the copy is transferable. The same terms applied to previous Windows versions as well. If your laptop came pre-installed with Windows 7, then you'll be able to use that original installation of Windows 7 as an upgrade path to Windows 10. Conclusion You can use the above process to easily uninstall the Windows product key.
If it's a Retail key then the answer is yes. Here's my scenario: I purchased a Lenovo laptop Yoga 2 with Win 8. At that point, expect slowdowns. I have a laptop with vista home premium. Do I have this about right? It would probably be cheaper to get a 8. Diane If your laptop came pre-installed with Windows 7, then you'll be able to use that original installation of Windows 7 as an upgrade path to Windows 10.