Now You can Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Product Key
This news came as a surprise to many people. Today (Oct 12, 2015) with the release of the new Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10565, Microsoft announced an important change in this new build which is related to the activation mechanism of Windows 10.
According to official statement of Microsoft:
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.
Which means now users can use the product key of their Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 versions to activate the new Windows 10 OS successfully. You can enter Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product key either at the time of Windows 10 installation or after installation.
Actually when Microsoft released Windows 10 final RTM version to public, they announced the free Windows 10 upgrade offer which allows existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users to upgrade their computers to Windows 10 absolutely free within one year of Windows 10 launch. But to take the benefit of this offer, users need a genuine and already activated Windows 7 or 8/8.1 OS installed in their computers and only after that they can upgrade the existing Windows version to Windows 10.
In this free upgrade offer, when a user upgrades the existing Windows version to Windows 10, the product key of the prior Windows version gets automatically associated with Windows 10 and Microsoft automatically activates Windows 10 as soon as you connect to Internet.
Some people like me prefer clean installation of new Windows versions. To perform Windows 10 clean installation, you need to first upgrade existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 to Windows 10 to associate your existing product key with Windows 10 and after that you can format and clean install Windows 10. It'll automatically activate itself as you associated your computer machine ID with Windows 10 successfully at Microsoft servers.
But this activation process didn't work very well for many users. Even after having a qualifying Windows 7 or 8/8.1 PC, when some users upgraded to Windows 10, it didn't activate successfully and users had to call Microsoft help desk to activate Windows 10.
Now Microsoft has announced that users can use the product key of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 versions to activate Windows 10 which means you will not need to first upgrade your existing Windows version to Windows 10. Now you'll also be able to perform a direct clean install of Windows 10 and then activate it using your Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 product key.
BUT this change has been made to the new Windows 10 preview build 10565. All further builds of Windows 10 will also come with this new activation functionality but the public RTM build 10240 doesn't contain this functionality yet. So we'll have to wait for new Windows 10 updates released by Microsoft which will bring this new activation enhancements to Windows 10 RTM build.
You can also download and install the new Windows 10 preview build 10565 and then activate it using your genuine Windows 7 or 8/8.1 product key. After successfully activation, you can leave Windows Insiders program and you'll no longer receive new testing builds and will have a stable and activated Windows 10 OS in your computer.
That's really a welcome move from Microsoft. Thank you Microsoft for listening users...
Posted in: Windows 10
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