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Upgrading 7 to 10

Laptop with 7 home 64 installed want to upgrade to 10.
Read in Tomshardware that I could down load install 10 and when key is asked for just enter the Win7 key and MS would accept it.
Is that true?
Also read here on Cnet that if it has been tagged for upgrade entering old 7 key will work.
This laptop was going to be updated with the free but glitched and wouldn't upgrade. Now the link in update area says too late can't do it.
Also in Tomshardware was advised to buy cheap key. Will that be trustworthy?

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Never saw that work.
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Yes me either.

The confusion comes from both Tomshardware and ZDnet have reputable reputations for being trustworthy sources of true information.

Don't want to mess things up for the laptop.

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Then you clone your drive ahead of time.

Unless you like being the high wire circus act without a net?

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LOL!

That does describe me at times.

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One last or one more update

Did the Win 10 download/install on both.
The one that still had the Win 10 update notice installed, updated and digitally licensed.
The one I couldn't get around the Admin password installed along side (Dual Boot) the Win 7 Pro and would not license. Didn't think it would but had to try.

A Blessed Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all.

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Always ask.

When you hit an issue like the password. For the past few years I've been using the UTILMAN.EXE TRICK to fix lost password issues.

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UTILMAN.EXE ?

Not familiar with that. Did Google and it was a meter reader program.
Re installed Win 10 and chose Custom with Format. Asked for License. Entered new. Wasn't watching and it finished install, reboot and started install again . Went ahead and redid with Custom and Format. Went away and found it starting new install again so, why not. This time it gave option to install without license code saying would do digital license at end.
Since the disk packet was already open used that one again.

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Oh' the trick

Added that to the search. Found it.
Thank You

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be wary of cheap keys

most cheap keys are for oem. oem cannot be used to upgrade the computers os.

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Wary of cheap keys

Yes I am. But not because of OEM. I have used OEM to upgrade without any problem from MS.

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still not legit

just because you were able to do it does not mean it is legal per microsofts eula. I know it is done all the time and I also know in the past when microsoft used to run their genuine test, a lot of users got deactivated because of illegal upgrades using oem. It is something to consider if you illegally upgrade using an oem. there is always that chance and it is always worth mentioning.

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Most cheap keys are keys

used for the MSDN subscription which allows free downloads of MS software with a membership. This is mostly used by corporations has it's expensive. They used to have a subscription service called Technet which was cheaper and they allowed you to download software and had special keys that activated the software you downloaded. They discontinued this a few years ago. The Technet was like 200 a year.

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why enter any product key?

Install it, without putting in such, then see if after install it insists on one or not.

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No product key?

If up grading one could hope but have yet to install/upgrade without requiring product key or you don't get updates.

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author fails to mention

the author fails to mention (or I may have overlooked it) is those solutions could violate microsofts eula. for example, if the operating system is oem, then it can never be moved to another computer. this includes moving the harddrive and cloning.

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Mods don't enforce such here.

Moderators are not going to police much if at all. About the only time you see us yelp is a cracked OS which is not about the license but that doing so is between you and that author. No one can guess what such a crack does and as such we put such as "unsupportable" and may lock the discussion.

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It was mentioned

Not in your term"Eula" but was mentioned. several times.

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