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Windows Win 7/8.1 to Win 10 Upgrade

Discussion in 'Software' started by cool_dude, 5 Sep 2015.

  1. cool_dude

    cool_dude Active Member

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    Hi all

    Just a quick question as I can't really find a concrete answer for this.

    If I have a machine that upgrades to Windows 10 (that has Win 7/8.1) and then in two years time I reformat, will I be able to reinstall Windows 10 or will it go back to the Windows 7/8.1 and be 'stuck' with that?

    What I am asking is, once upgraded will the key transform from a Win 7/8.1 Retail to a Win 10 Retail?

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  2. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    Yes. When you upgrade, the Windows 10 key will be linked to your Microsoft account (if you have one), or to your hardware details. When you next attempt to activate a new install of Windows 10 on the same hardware (or with the same account) it will activate automatically. If you make a significant hardware change (and do not have a Microsoft account) you will likely have to activate over the phone, as with previous versions of Windows.
     
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