I'm going to fully update win7 and activate and try to upgrade to 10 from there.
That is the path I would suggest. Although you say that your are going to "fully update," and I ask: For what purpose?
If you already have Windows 7 Starter, Home, or Home Premium each of these upgrades to Windows 10 Home. If you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate these upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
There is no reason to apply, for instance, a Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade in the Win7 environment before applying the Windows 10 upgrade, since either Starter or Home Premium will upgrade to Win10 Home.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (my website address is in my profile) Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 1709, Build 16299
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