Posted by: kurtsh | October 13, 2015

NEWS: Windows 10 activation using Windows 7 or 8.x product keys (Coming soon)

imageLooks like in the recent Windows Insider build from yesterday, we are now allowing users to activate Windows 10 using product keys from Windows 7 or 8.x.

Per Gabe Aul’s blog post on the Windows blog:

Device activation improvements: We have received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys. If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key. If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup. Refer to the Insider Hub for more information on these activation improvements including requirements.

Looks like those old copies of Windows 7 are lookin’ really good about now… or at least during the T2 timeframe, ‘eh?


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