Install Windows 10 using Windows 7 Product key

Install Windows 10 using Windows 7 Product key

Install Windows 10 using Windows 7 product key is now available with the release of Windows 10 version 1511. As of this articles publication 1511 is the current version of Windows 10 and the version included with the Windows 10 media creation tool.
The video below shows this process

Installing Windows 10 after hard drive failure of Windows 7 computer

Rather than reinstalling Windows 7, downloading and installing all the Windows 7 updates and then upgrading to Windows 10 I decided to try and install Windows 10 to the new hard drive and use the active Windows 7 product key to activate the new installation of Windows 10.

Spoiler alert! It works. Starting with Windows 10 version 1511 you can use your existing Windows 7 product key to activate Windows 10. Even a clean installation of Windows 10.

To start the process you first need to

Create either a DVD or a USB thumb drive with the Windows 10 installation files

Follow this link to the Microsoft creation tool page for more information on creating the USB or DVD media you will need to perform the upgrade to Windows 10. Follow the instructions and create the installation media.
In the video I use a USB thumb drive as the media to perform the upgrade. USB thumb drives perform the installation faster than DVD’s. The USB thumb drive must be able to hold at least 4GB of data. So you will need a 8GB drive at minimum.
This upgrade to Windows 10 from WIndows 7 is being performed on a emachines computer built in 2010 with a Intel Celeron processor running at 2.35 Ghz and 3GB of Ram memory. This was an attempt to save an older Windows 7 computer in which the hard drive had failed. I must say I deem the experiment a success.
If you are not feeling comfortable to perform this upgrade yourself fell free to give us a call and we can perform the upgrade for you.

Install Windows 10 using Windows 7 Product Key

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