How To Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 or 8.1 ?
Microsoft has finally responded to the user feedback in the form of recognizing Windows 7 and 8.1 product keys to activate Windows 10 directly after the installation. Now you can just perform a clean install and then use the key for activation – i.e. no need to perform an upgrade. Microsoft has done something that people demanded from the very first day – it has fulfilled the promise to change the Windows 10 activation process and allowed you to use your Windows 7 or 8.1 product keys for activation directly after clean installation.
The release of Windows 10 has been a rollercoaster ride of excitement, frustration, and disappointment. But with the Insider program Microsoft has given itself a unique opportunity to address issues and try out new features, testing them out on hardcore users.
With the release of Windows 10 Build 10565 we see not only the introduction of a number of new features, but also a change to the way the activation process works. Some people have experienced problems activating Windows 10 after performing the free upgrade. A Windows 10 product key may no longer be needed, but this latest Insider build introduces the option of activating Windows 10 using a Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key.
How To Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 or 8.1 Product Key?
- While installing the Windows 10 build, you need to skip the part where you need to enter the Windows 10 key.
- Following the step 1, your Windows 10 copy will be installed as an evaluation copy and you’ll be allowed to enter the Windows 7 or 8.1 key for activation.
- Now follow this path:Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key
- Here, enter the product key you obtained from with your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC.
- Doing this, everything should go as planned and your Windows 10 copy will be fully activated.
Note that this option was introduced in the Windows 10 preview build 10565 with Threshold 2 update.
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