Windows 10: Finding W7 Activation Number without being able to Boot from the Drive

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  1. Finding W7 Activation Number without being able to Boot from the Drive


    I have several old Hard Drives from PC's I can no longer Boot from.

    Is there a way to find and record the Activation Number without being able to Boot from their C: Drives?

    Can I use a Hard Drive Dock of some sort and scan the Drive for the Activation Number with software?

    I use the term Activation Number because I do not know what else to call it.

    It's the Number you enter to Activate Windows / make Windows valid.

    ANY ideas would be greatly appreciated!

    :)
     
    Mike Lynch, Nov 14, 2020
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  2. Finding W7 Activation Number without being able to Boot from the Drive

    I have several old Hard Drives from PC's I can no longer Boot from.

    Is there a way to find and record the Activation Number without being able to Boot from their C: Drives?

    Can I use a Hard Drive Dock of some sort and scan the Drive for the Activation Number with software?

    I use the term Activation Number because I do not know what else to call it.

    It's the Number you enter to Activate Windows / make Windows valid.

    ANY ideas would be greatly appreciated!
     
    Mike Lynch, Nov 14, 2020
    #2
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    Upgrading possible ? Dual boot (XP-32 / W7-64) to (XP-32 / W10-64)

    Hi everybody,

    I have a dual boot PC with Windows XP (32 bits) and Windows 7 (64 bits), both installed on a 500 Go SSD.

    I have a 500 Go HDD for My documents, other data and games. Having two drives on a PC didn't cause any problem for upgrading W7 on another PC
    but there was no other OS.

    My 2nd PC is declared to be W10 compatible.

    The active partition is the one with XP. So the one with W7 is
    not active.

    My two questions :

    • Will the upgrade process be able to upgrade W7 even if it is not the active partition ?
    • Will XP and the dual boot persist ?
    Any experience with dual boot and W10 upgrading ?
     
  4. Finding W7 Activation Number without being able to Boot from the Drive

    Dual boot W7 and W10 activation

    I have been running a W7 Pro OS for some years now. I have three hard drives installed.

    I created a seperate 25GB partition (H) on one of the spare hard drives that was not the C drive.

    I installed W10 from a downloaded "setup" app from MS.

    On turning on the PC I get the choice of what OS to run, W7 or W10.

    W7 runs just as it used to.

    W10 loads and opens as I would expect, but is apparently not activated. It will not accept the W7 Key, and I don't know how to obtain the W10 activation Key. I had assumed that as W7 is activated and associated with the same mother board, that would allow
    me to use W10 fully activated as well. Can I activate W10 or must I puschase an activation key for W10 Pro, which seems to go against the MS offer of a free OS upgrade to holders of W7/8 licences.

    Thanks for your help,

    Regards

    David D
     
    DavidDownes, Nov 14, 2020
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