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Topic # 223854 20-Oct-2017 13:15
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This is for those who upgraded for free from Windows 7 to 10. During the upgrade process  I was given an option of saving a license key file. I have the file without an extension but can't open it in any program.

 

I know the licenses for free upgrades are saved in Microsoft servers and are linked to the original device but does someone know where and how that key file is used?

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1886951 20-Oct-2017 14:03
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I don't recall anything relating to an option to save a 'license key file' in Windows 10 Setup or the operating system itself.

 

 

I'm aware of third party tools for Windows 7 and earlier and Windows 8 that save and restore the Windows activation state but not for Windows 10.

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  Reply # 1886955 20-Oct-2017 14:08
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The license should be hardware based now. If you're using the same hardware it should just activate automatically - no key required.

 

 

 

That's my understanding. I'm not sure about saving the license, I don't recall seeing that option.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1886973 20-Oct-2017 14:34
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Ive done multiple upgrades from 7 to 10, and never seen a prompt for saving a key.

 

How did you do the upgrade ? Was it an inline one or downloaded the ISO and ran that.... ?

 

Regardless, the key is based on the hardware in your system (primarily CPU, motherboard I think), so having a saved key is pointless.

 

If you're using some 3rd party way of doing the upgrade, Id stop and use the proper way.

 

 





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  Reply # 1887006 20-Oct-2017 15:05
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xpd:

 

Ive done multiple upgrades from 7 to 10, and never seen a prompt for saving a key.

 

How did you do the upgrade ? Was it an inline one or downloaded the ISO and ran that.... ?

 

Regardless, the key is based on the hardware in your system (primarily CPU, motherboard I think), so having a saved key is pointless.

 

If you're using some 3rd party way of doing the upgrade, Id stop and use the proper way.

 

 

 

Hi xpd, I did the upgrade sometime in 2016. It was an online upgrade that I started from Control Panel instead of the separate Windows 10 upgrade applet. No third party tool involved.

 

 


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  Reply # 1887023 20-Oct-2017 15:27
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Do you remember at which point in the upgrade process you were offered the option of saving a license key file?



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  Reply # 1887027 20-Oct-2017 15:37
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yitz: Do you remember at which point in the upgrade process you were offered the option of saving a license key file?

 

 

 

Don't remember as it was over a year ago. Not a big issue just trying to solve the mystery. laughing


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  Reply # 1887079 20-Oct-2017 17:59
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caminham:

 

The license should be hardware based now. If you're using the same hardware it should just activate automatically - no key required.

 

That's my understanding. I'm not sure about saving the license, I don't recall seeing that option.

 

 

This tells you how to reactivate after a hardware change

 

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-re-activate-windows-10-after-hardware-change

 

I don't know how far that goes though.  If the Windows license is an OEM type of thing that came with a pre-built system, I wouldn't have thought you could transfer it to a new build. 

 

 





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