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Windows 10 clean installation - Activation key

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Hi,

 

I would like to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 but I'm afraid to do so because I heard that there could be a problem with the activation key.

 

I already backed up any important files I have on my Envy and downloaded Windows 10 using Microsoft's media creation tool (but didn't install it yet).

 

What should I do next in order to perform the clean installation without any problems?

 

Thank you.

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Hi:

 

If you have not previously upgraded to W10, you have to do an inplace upgrade, or you will need a W10 product key.

 

Then when you can see that windows 10 was successfully activated on your PC as an upgrade, you can go back and do a clean install of W10 without a product key by using the W10 media you created.

 

I've reinstalled W10 on two different PC's, and it worked just fine, activated, and no product key was needed.

 

To reinstall W10 after it had been previously installed as an upgrade boot from the W10 installation media.

 

When you get to the install screen and it asks you to enter a product key, there will also be an option to select 'I don't have a product key."

 

You select that option, W10 will install and automatically reactivate once you are connected to the internet.

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OAS

 

Actually, you can do a clean-install of Win10 to a PC that never had it before AND activate it reusing your Win7 product key -- that's how I got my HP DV6 laptop "upgraded" and activated.

 

But ... you need to read and follow these instructions and be sure to save off the genuineticket.xml file:  Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

 

Good Luck
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