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Topic # 204948 24-Oct-2016 16:16
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I have recently had problems with desktops falling over with mobo failure and a heat sink breaking its retaining clip.  All were on ageing equipment so no hesitation in replacing them.


On the first machine I had slightly younger desktop donated to me from my wife's employer.  It came with Windows 7 pro and configured for a corporate network.  I burned a Windows 10 ISO (included the anniversary update) to a DVD, booted to the DVD and installed Windows 10 pro.  Once installed there was a windows.old directory (presumably the old 7 pro) but 10 was not activated.  I found a link to MS Support, got the call back and for the price of allowing them remote access they activated Windows 10 at no cost.


For the second machine (running Win 10 pro) I bought a new desktop with mobo, processor and memory (only).  I put in the dvd and hard drive from the failed desktop. When I powered up I was surprised that Windows 10 reported as activated.  Everything running as it did on the old desktop - no hours spent re-installing Windows and all the apps.


So all good, but I am surprised that I could achieve both.  While I am not an avid reader of MS EULAs I was certain that I was in violation over what I had done. Evidently not.

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  Reply # 1657004 24-Oct-2016 17:14
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It seems that the presence of the key in the UEFI for windows 8 or 7 for the appropriate pro or home version is enough to make 10 activate itself with no need to deal with phone calls and stupidly long numbers like the bad old days - it just works.


The only problems I have had have been machines that have had home, and then had pro upgrades bought, putting 10 on got pro, re-installing from scratch ended up getting home. I didnt make the call but a friend did and the call center did some stuff to make it upgrade to pro and I dont think there was anything done to prove that he had bought the upgrade for the 8.1 machine.


Im guessing that MS have just weighed up the hassle of phonecalls which they never refuse activate and the bad will created against a few people they manage to make buy an unnessacary key and decided that just activating them is easier.


Its all so murky how it all works behind the scenes, but I dont really care so long as I can still use it on the key from the side of the antique ex lease $100 PC I bought many years ago that has been thru many hardware upgrade iterations, and so far it has been fine.


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