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Old 17th Apr 2017, 11:03   #1
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Many moons ago I bought the Windows 7 Retail edition. If I am correct I can have it installed on one PC at a time but the license is valid forever.

A hypothetical question, as it is upgraded to Windows 10 if I were ever to build a new PC can I uninstall the OS and then install the original Windows 7 and purchase a upgrade to windows 10?
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if you build a new pc - just install windows 10 on it and reactivate it. If you've done an upgrade you have a license attached to your account and you can change the hardware on that, Ive done it a few times.
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As stated above.

Just install Windows 10 from scratch with the code you installed 7 with originally and it will activate with no head aches at all
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As stated above.

Just install Windows 10 from scratch with the code you installed 7 with originally and it will activate with no head aches at all
I got to try that when I get home, I replace motherboard and lost my activation, did want to go back to 7 and didn't want to pay for 10. Been running with the activation notification in the bottom left corner for a couple months now.
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this is the page you need:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...-10-activation

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Activating Windows 10 after a hardware configuration change
If you made a significant hardware change to your device (such as replacing the motherboard) Windows 10 might no longer be activated. If you're running Windows 10 (version 1607 or later) and added your Microsoft account and linked it to the digital license on your device, you can use the Activation troubleshooter to reactivate Windows. For more info, see Using the Activation troubleshooter.
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The advise on the Microsoft's website didn't help, as I do not have a Microsoft account and thus have not linked the digital license to my account.

However, as Behemoth pointed out, using my retail Windows 7 license key allowed me to activate windows 10 on my new system. I assuming this only work since I perviously migrated the license from 7 to 10.
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