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  # 1356501 1-Aug-2015 10:16
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I'm keen to get a clean Windows 10 on my Wife's new laptop. Currently Win 8.1 with nothing else installed as the laptop is a week old.

Swapped the HD to an SSD and upgraded the RAM and hoped I could use the Win 8.1 key to clean install 10, but no luck. Now going through the upgrade process from 8.1->10 which appears to pull down about 2.7GB of data.

Is there any chance Post Upgrade I can extract a KEY that will allow for a clean re-install.

I've already pulled the OEM key out of the UEFI firmware, but that wasn't accepted for the 10 clean install and it showed up as unactivated.





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openmedia: I'm keen to get a clean Windows 10 on my Wife's new laptop. Currently Win 8.1 with nothing else installed as the laptop is a week old.

Swapped the HD to an SSD and upgraded the RAM and hoped I could use the Win 8.1 key to clean install 10, but no luck. Now going through the upgrade process from 8.1->10 which appears to pull down about 2.7GB of data.

Is there any chance Post Upgrade I can extract a KEY that will allow for a clean re-install.

I've already pulled the OEM key out of the UEFI firmware, but that wasn't accepted for the 10 clean install and it showed up as unactivated.



when you upgrade a digital license entitlement certificate is injected into your machine and after the upgrade, you have a device based entitlement that is stored in the cloud.  You can just reinstall on the same hardware.

The embedded UEFI product key would be for Windows 8.1; that won’t activate Windows 10.     You can use the downloadable ISO at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 which has an embedded product key.

Using that ISO, run SETUP.EXE *from within Windows 8.1 so that it can detect that you have a licensed, activated OS*.

A quick way to "clean" install is:

Then when it asks what you want to migrate, choose “nothing” or “data only”.

That will result in a “clean” Windows 10 OS that can successfully activate.

If you do a clean install using Windows 10 media (any media) and never went through the upgrade process, you won’t have a license and the machine won’t activate.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1356585 1-Aug-2015 12:36
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nathan - Thanks for clarifying.

Upgrade is progressing now.




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