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Windows Retail Edition

Discussion in 'Software' started by David13, 17 Apr 2017.

  1. David13

    David13 What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    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?
     
  2. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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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.
     
  3. Behemoth

    Behemoth Timelord in training

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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 :)
     
  4. Dr. Coin

    Dr. Coin Multimodder

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    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.
     
  5. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    this is the page you need:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/12440/windows-10-activation

     
  6. Dr. Coin

    Dr. Coin Multimodder

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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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