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Can I copy W10 from 1 computer to another?

I just downloaded and installed W10 on 1 of my 2 computers. Thought I could copy the download file to a USB stick and take it to the second computer, but now realize I should have used the downloader. Is there a way I can avoid a second download to do this? I have to pay for the GBs.
Thanks.

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Clarification Request
Depends on what you downloaded & what you still have.

In reply to: Can I copy W10 from 1 computer to another?

If you downloaded an ISO, you can burn to a DVD and reuse. If you do and upgrade a qualified Win 7, or 8.1, you won't need to buy a license, otherwise you will. If you have the ESD file from the download/upgrade, you can convert that to an ISO, then proceed. Sorry for all the "ifs", but they're necessary since you left out these details.
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Good luck.

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Default no-brainer upgrade

In reply to: Depends on what you downloaded & what you still have.

When I upgraded I just went through the default download process. Afterward I searched for an ISP file but none found. I just now looked and found INSTALL.ESD @ 2.6GB. Might that help?

Thanks.

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That's it. Good job researching!

In reply to: I think I found it

That Decrypt program is clunky to use, but it gets the job done well. It uses a lot of processor power, reads that 2.6 GB and writes the 3GB or so ISO, but it works well if you don't want to (or can't) download the ISO from Microsoft. I've used it numerous times during the pre-release Insider program. Just don't be surprised when it runs 10-15 min. to do the job.
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Thank you!

In reply to: That's it. Good job researching!

Thanks very much for your excellent and speedy response!

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Well when Windows 10 first came out

In reply to: Can I copy W10 from 1 computer to another?

the only way to activate Windows 10 was to upgrade the OS a specific machine. With the update in Decemeber if now allows you to enter the Windows 7 or 8.1 key using the Windows 10 ISO.

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