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  • Question

  • Just decided to buy a new SSD to speed up my PC.

    I read I could clone my current HDD into the new SSD, but I think my PC would be cleaner with a clean Windows 10 on the new SSD.

    I upgraded 2 months ago from W7 to W10, so can I use the current license number of W10 on my HDD to install it on the SSD ?

    Thanks.

    Monday, September 14, 2015 6:15 PM

Answers

  • If your previous win 10 was activated you can use the ISO to do a clean install and simply skip the step where it asks for a key.  It will check with the activation servers validate your credentials and continue the installation. 

    The fastest way to get the upgrade is to download the ISO.  An ISO is like a dvd so to use it you will need to right click>mount.  Start the upgrade from within windows.

    WARNING:  DO NOT USE THESE TO DO A CLEAN INSTALL (until after you have already updated).  If you do you will not be able to activate it unless you have previously upgraded to win 10 and activated it.  You then will be forced to re-install your previous OS before upgrading to win 10

    The Official Final Windows 10 download is now available

    Use the download tool to create ISO media to update your windows.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    Use Download Tool Now (32bit version)
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=616935

    Use Download Tool Now (64bit version)
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=616936


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    • Marked as answer by Bruce Wooding Friday, October 2, 2015 12:29 AM
    Monday, September 14, 2015 7:55 PM
  • Unfortunately no... a complete reload will require a "real" license key that you will have to buy

    If it's any consolation... I *never* do upgrades... I always to full clean installs.


    Monday, September 14, 2015 7:45 PM
  • Just decided to buy a new SSD to speed up my PC.

    I read I could clone my current HDD into the new SSD, but I think my PC would be cleaner with a clean Windows 10 on the new SSD.

    I upgraded 2 months ago from W7 to W10, so can I use the current license number of W10 on my HDD to install it on the SSD ?

    Thanks.

    In addition to graye's suggestions:

    If you just have Windows 7 product key and your Windows 10 is free upgraded, you may have to clean install your Windows 7 on your SSD, get it activated and then try to upgrade to Windows 10 again.

    So that we can make sure to get Windows 10 activated properly.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:11 AM

All replies

  • Unfortunately no... a complete reload will require a "real" license key that you will have to buy

    If it's any consolation... I *never* do upgrades... I always to full clean installs.


    Monday, September 14, 2015 7:45 PM
  • If your previous win 10 was activated you can use the ISO to do a clean install and simply skip the step where it asks for a key.  It will check with the activation servers validate your credentials and continue the installation. 

    The fastest way to get the upgrade is to download the ISO.  An ISO is like a dvd so to use it you will need to right click>mount.  Start the upgrade from within windows.

    WARNING:  DO NOT USE THESE TO DO A CLEAN INSTALL (until after you have already updated).  If you do you will not be able to activate it unless you have previously upgraded to win 10 and activated it.  You then will be forced to re-install your previous OS before upgrading to win 10

    The Official Final Windows 10 download is now available

    Use the download tool to create ISO media to update your windows.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    Use Download Tool Now (32bit version)
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=616935

    Use Download Tool Now (64bit version)
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=616936


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    • Marked as answer by Bruce Wooding Friday, October 2, 2015 12:29 AM
    Monday, September 14, 2015 7:55 PM
  • Just decided to buy a new SSD to speed up my PC.

    I read I could clone my current HDD into the new SSD, but I think my PC would be cleaner with a clean Windows 10 on the new SSD.

    I upgraded 2 months ago from W7 to W10, so can I use the current license number of W10 on my HDD to install it on the SSD ?

    Thanks.

    In addition to graye's suggestions:

    If you just have Windows 7 product key and your Windows 10 is free upgraded, you may have to clean install your Windows 7 on your SSD, get it activated and then try to upgrade to Windows 10 again.

    So that we can make sure to get Windows 10 activated properly.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:11 AM
  • Clone the Win 7 HD to your SSD.

    Install SSD.

    Allow Win 7 to upgrade to Win 10.

    Wait for Win 10 to activate.

    Download the Win 10 ISO (you may do this before the upgrade...)

    Perform clean install of Win 10.

    Enjoy.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:19 PM