Can anyone help with License Key Problem upgrading to 10

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Len43

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Hello,
I purchased a genuine Win 7 Professional disk some time ago (on Ebay I think)
I recently clean installed this on my Laptop & then upgraded it to Win 10 using the Microsoft create Media Link (Below)
I have now installed this (win 7 Pro) on my Desktop successfully. (It accepted the License Key and updates successfully)
But when I try to upgrade to Win 10, from the same link, the License Key is rejected at the last stage!
I have made several attempts.

What is going on?

Queries?
I made the first attempt the same day as the clean install (I read somewhere that one should wait a few days??)
I also read that if you had Pro 7 you had to select Pro 10. I wasn't offered a selection of Win 10 options.
Qould it be any better to try making an ISO image

This all looks like I know what I'm doing. I don't:)......... I'm trying to learn
Many Thanks for any help.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...d=_m9obngwnxckfqnx1kk0sohz3wv2xpcdm0pg1iisi00
 

TerryNet

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It sounds like you are trying to use a Windows Product Key on multiple computers. That is not allowed by Microsoft.
 

Gr3iz

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You can only use that license on one computer at a time. You cannot (legally) use the same Product Key on multiple systems.
 

Len43

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Thanks Guys,
As I said.....I don't know what I'm doing....I'm learning.
I did not realise about the one PC limit.
So I'm looking at buying an OEM key online to solve this......but I don't know whether to buy a Win 7 key (to first "legalise" existing setup) and then upgrade. Or buy a Win 10 key?
The Win 7 key I'm looking at says "Windows 7 Pro "SP 1"
SO
(1) Should I buy the Win 7 SP1 key & then upgrade to 10? Does "SP 1" upgrade?
OR
(2) Buy the Win 10 key?
When I have attempted the upgrade before, it asks for a key at the end of the upgrade. Will it accept a Win 10 key put in on a non-validated Win 7 system?
Many Thanks
 

TerryNet

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If you can find a genuine legitimate Windows 7 Product Key anywhere it will likely cost more than a Windows 10 Key.
 

Cookiegal

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Plus an OEM key would not be a valid version as it must be sold with the computer. You would need a retail version.
 

Len43

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Thanks
The windows 7 key is only slightly cheaper than the Win 10 key.
I just would like to know the best approach.
Validate the Win 7 (with the "SP 1" key) then upgrade to 10?
Or
Upgrade & enter a Win 10 key? (without pre-validating Win 7)
???
 

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IMO a clean install of any operating system is superior to doing an in-place upgrade. Before doing any install, you check for support ie drivers from the motherboard support page or the system builder's support page.
 

TerryNet

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Buying a genuine retail key from Microsoft or another reliable retailer is always the safest and legal way to go. And, as above, a clean install is almost always preferable to an upgrade install.

Buying a key elsewhere, especially one prior to Windows 10, is risky, as it is often not legit or is a "systems builder" key for somebody building a computer to sell to another person.
 

Len43

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The win 7 pro currently on the system is a clean install.
Can anyone tell me which option (of my two) is better or more workable?
 

crjdriver

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The win 7 pro currently on the system is a clean install.
Can anyone tell me which option (of my two) is better or more workable?
You have already been told in post #8 and #9. Get a valid win10 key and clean install IF there are drivers for your system.
 
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