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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:55 PM

Can someone tell me if I can do a install of Windows 10 home on a new hard drive using a Windows 7 key code.  I have read that is possible.  My hard drive in my Toshiba Satellite laptop crashed.  I ordered a new drive and would like to install Windows 10.  I think I read somewhere that I can go ahead and use my Windows 7 keycode and Windows 10 will install and be activated.  Please let me know.  This would be a real blessing.

 

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:16 PM

Yes, it will work. See this Windows 10 Discussion thread.

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/681407/how-to-get-a-free-win10-upgrade-newly-updated-by-ed-bott/



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:02 AM

I also had a friend that told me that if Windows 10 ever ran on the laptop that when I do a complete install of Windows 10 on a new drive that Windows will recognize in upper memory that Windows 10 had been on the computer and will allow you to install 10 and be activated.  Please advise.



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:16 AM

I also had a friend that told me that if Windows 10 ever ran on the laptop that when I do a complete install of Windows 10 on a new drive that Windows will recognize in upper memory that Windows 10 had been on the computer and will allow you to install 10 and be activated.  Please advise.

If you upgrade to Windows 10 from a previous OS like Windows 7 or 8 the license is digital and stored on Microsoft servers tied to your hardware ID. If you reinstall Windows 10 it will activate. There is no "Upper Memory".



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:23 AM

I also had a friend that told me that if Windows 10 ever ran on the laptop that when I do a complete install of Windows 10 on a new drive that Windows will recognize in upper memory that Windows 10 had been on the computer and will allow you to install 10 and be activated.  Please advise.

 

When Windows 10 is installed it creates a digital entitlement which is electronically sent to a Microsoft server where it will remain.  This means that anytime you need to reinstall the operating system, even on a new drive, the installation will automatically be activated.


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