Windows 10: Can i use windows 7 retail key to activate windows 10?

Discus and support Can i use windows 7 retail key to activate windows 10? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; as the topic 1. if i have clean install windows 10 can i use retail key from windows 7 to activate that? 2. if it can, how how long microsoft will... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Mairocknroll, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. Can i use windows 7 retail key to activate windows 10?


    as the topic


    1. if i have clean install windows 10 can i use retail key from windows 7 to activate that?


    2. if it can, how how long microsoft will support after activated?


    Thank you very much

    :)
     
    Mairocknroll, Jan 22, 2020
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  2. Installing Windows 10 using Windows 7 key

    Nope, you need to install Windows 10 first and make sure the Windows 7 key is transferred to your Windows account after you've installed Windows 10 (not quite sure how that works). I missed the last step and I could not activate Windows 10 after a re-install... Microsoft seem to have done everything they can to make it a PITA. Also, it's technically too late to do this now anyhow, as the upgrade offer has expired. But KMSPico works quite well...

    As for getting rid of Windows, delete the Windows folder.
     
    TheLostSwede, Jan 22, 2020
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  3. newtekie1 Win User
    activate windows 7 oem key

    There is no difference between the OEM disc and the Retail disc with Windows 7. A retail disc will accept a OEM or Retail key, and vise versa.

    If the OEM Key wasn't going to work with the disc you have, it would have stopped you during the install when it first asked you for the key, not during activation.

    What is likely the problem is that, since the OEM version has already been activated once, it is failing activation again. Activate it over the phone using the option given to you on the failed activation screen, and you shouldn't have a problem activating it.
     
    newtekie1, Jan 22, 2020
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  4. Kreij Win User

    Can i use windows 7 retail key to activate windows 10?

    activate windows 7 oem key

    You cannot activate a retail version of Windows with an OEM key.
    The retail version should have it's own activation key.
    If you just borrowed the Win DVD from someone who is using the key, that won't work with your OEM (OA) key.

    pwned by newtekie. lol My bad.
    It does work in Vista and 7, just not in XP.

    Have you looked on the ASUS website to see if you can re-download the driver/diag disk, or at least everything you need to make one?
     
    Kreij, Jan 22, 2020
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