Windows 10: Clarification of Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro upgrade activations

Discus and support Clarification of Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro upgrade activations in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I work in the IT department for a local government. During the initial release of Windows 10, we upgraded as many PC’s as we could during the one year... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by CharlieMurphy1, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Clarification of Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro upgrade activations


    I work in the IT department for a local government. During the initial release of Windows 10, we upgraded as many PC’s as we could during the one year free period. We still had a number of PC’s that could not be upgraded at the time due to software compatibility issues. With those problems resolved, we want to move forward an upgrade the remaining PC’s to from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10. All of the PC’s were originally purchased with Windows 7 Pro preinstalled.


    Last week as a test, we took one of the PC’s and by going to the Microsoft Media Creation Tool website, clicked on the Update Now link. Ultimately, not only did the PC upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, but it activated. Under Settings – Update & Security – Activation, it states Windows is activated with a digital license. We also had success with activation by creating the Windows 10 ISO and installing from the DVD on another PC to upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10. Essentially both of these appeared to be free upgrades.


    I did open a chat session in which the technician explained that we could move forward with the Windows 10 upgrades on those PC’s and expect them to activate for free. However if after that activation there is a hardware change, Windows 10 will not reactivate without purchasing a new key. If this is true, is there a document we can obtain to back that up? We simply want to be certain we remain compliant with the policies regarding the OS and upgrades.

    Many of these PC’s will likely be replaced next year, but we want to get what we currently have off of Windows 7 as soon as possible.


    As this is a local government, we would like some clarification on whether we can continue to expect our future Windows 10 upgrades from Windows 7 Pro to activate for free or do we need to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade licenses. And can you point me to policy documentation that confirms one way or the other?

    :)
     
    CharlieMurphy1, Mar 29, 2019
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  2. Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

    This is what I used

    "

    Follow these steps to upgrade from Windows 10 Home if you have a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key:

    • Select the Start button, then select Settings >
      Update & security
      > Activation.
    • Select Change product key, and then enter this 25-character default product key:

      VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    Important

    This default product key will upgrade your device to Windows 10 Pro, but won't activate it.

    • Select Next to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
    • After your device is upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, you'll need to activate Windows. Select the Start button, then select
      Settings > Update & security > Activation.
    • Select Change product key, and then enter your 25-character Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key.
    • Select Next to activate Windows 10 Pro.
    "
     
    GrahameBarclay, Mar 29, 2019
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  3. Clean Windows 10 (?PRO?) install

    I have bought a legit "Windows 10 Pro" key of a key website. It is legit since i'm currently using it for over a year now. I currently have Windows 10 Pro installed on my PC and I want to do a clean install. I just can't find the windows 10 Pro download in the tool. But if i could use a windows 10 pro key with a normal windows 10 install, I'll be good to go.
     
    JeroenBeunckens, Mar 29, 2019
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  4. Laurijan Win User

    Clarification of Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro upgrade activations

    Windows 10 Activation (Insider)

    I bought Windows 7 Pro OEM key from G2Play.net for 12€ to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro - worked like a charm but be advised if you buy a OEM key you can not download the Win 7 iso from microsoft and have to get it elsewhere.
     
    Laurijan, Mar 29, 2019
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