Microsoft Windows 10

  • And my product key to activate win 10 was not working ;)
    i'm currently chatting with them to validate my key.

    The common thing I've been hearing and learned is when you finally do a full, clean install... As opposed to an upgrade... Is you're not supposed to enter a key, rather you're meant to skip it (you'll have the option to do so), and as soon as you log into your Microsoft account, they'll activate it.

    So I keep reading... The verdict on how effective that is... Is sort of still unreliable

    Edited once, last by Aslan (July 31, 2015 at 10:25 PM).

  • Have you changed any hardware components in the PC since you last installed Windows 8 from a clean install. Because if you have, then I wouldn't rule out still that your computer is being detected as not same one information was sent to MS on from when you first installed Win 8.

    The only way to find that out, I'm guessing here. If you have changed some major components since like a PSU and HD without doing another clean install of Win 8. Reinstall Windows 8 from a clean install again as things are now and let it send new PC hardware information back to them on it and try upgrading again.

    Not saying that is the issue, but I wouldn't rule it out if you have changed some major hardware components like a PSU or HD without doing a clean install.

  • The common thing I've been hearing and learned is when you finally do a full, clean install... As opposed to an upgrade... Is you're not supposed to enter a key, rather you're meant to skip it (you'll have the option to do so), and as soon as you log into your Microsoft account, they'll activate it.

    I was talking to the chat, I skipped the key check and then installed, it was weird because Upgrade did not work. So what I did is install it in custom...
    I guess this was not the way I should have done it >P

  • I was talking to the chat, I skipped the key check and then installed, it was weird because Upgrade did not work. So what I did is install it in custom...
    I guess this was not the way I should have done it >P

    Yes, you need to upgrade it 1st before you can actually do a real clean install. It's how Microsoft tracks your "exchange"... Because that is what you're doing. Exchanging your current copy for this copy.

    So to answer the common question.... No, you don't end up having 2 copies of Windows, just 1. You're exchanging one license for another.

  • Yes but I did something stupid... it seems..
    I downloaded the Win 10 Pro N version instead of Win 10 Pro
    and now it did not upgrade but install win 10 pro n fresh...
    And created a windows.old folder with my previous installation in it...
    I need to get back to win 7 somehow and then download the win 10 pro version .... without the N...

    now have to use google to find out how... dammit..

  • Yes but I did something stupid... it seems..
    I downloaded the Win 10 Pro N version instead of Win 10 Pro
    and now it did not upgrade but install win 10 pro n fresh...
    And created a windows.old folder with my previous installation in it...
    I need to get back to win 7 somehow and then download the win 10 pro version .... without the N...

    now have to use google to find out how... dammit..

    Settings > Update and Recovery > Recovery > Restore Previous Windows

    Some people say that goes away after a while. If yours has, then just re-install Windows 7.

  • I just move now the windows.old to the windows...
    see ya hopefuly later

    That's not going to work.

    There is much more to the dynamics of Windows than just the Windows folder. Upon your return, I fully expect that you had to reinstall Windows 7 as I suggested.

    (Assuming it does work... There will be underline issues that may not be self revealing at first)


    edit: There is a lot more in windows.old than just the windows folder too.

  • interesting^^
    but why did you downloaded the "N"-version in the first place ?
    I know it was an option but everywhere was told that the upgrade process be win7 ultimate to win10 pro without N

  • interesting^^
    but why did you downloaded the "N"-version in the first place ?
    I know it was an option but everywhere was told that the upgrade process be win7 ultimate to win10 pro without N

    Because I would love to be in charge of which media product I use ,)
    I did not think this would create an issue...

    Isn't the N version of Pro best one. Probabley why he went for that one.

    I think so too, at leat the most "clean" one :D

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