I was trying to see if Cauptain had a problem breaking the bonds of the original win7 install and Win10 upgrade on a VM. If he uninstalled the Win10 VM and then tried to re-install the Win7 OS on a different computer (a real computer not a VM which could be mistaken for the same machine my MS) but the key was rejected then I would definitely be concerned because that's the situation I would fear. Since I know for sure my Win8 license is transferable, locking my Pro license to an old PC is not worth the risk. Until I know that this won't happen for a fact I can't do a full registered test upgrade. I've been reading a lot on the Microsoft answer forums and there is massive confusion. The same experts answer 3 different ways within a few post. People post that they called MS and after long waits got conflicting responses depending on who they got from one day to the next.
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Last edited by gll99; 2nd Aug 2015 at 04:02.There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
Actually, he didn't try his windows 7 key on real PC after using it in WM. He tried to restore licence from backup he created with pkeyuibx after upgrade to Windows 10.
I didn't know about Personal Licence builder. But, if one can transfer his OEM licence from one PC to another what is the point of more expensive Retail licence?
You read wrong. Microsoft gives you 1 (one) year to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 without paying them any money. If you do that you get Windows 10 for free for the lifetime of your device.
If you do not upgade during first year you will have to pay (buy) for Windows 10 if you want to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 sistem as you have to pay now if you don't own Windows 7 or Windows 8.
If you upgrade to W10 using win 7, 8 or 8.1 installations activated, automatically you can make a FRESH INSTALL anytime in same machine.
Is not necessary SERIAL fo W10 fresh install, anymore, the only necessary step is internet access, because MS will validated your machine for new install. Only this.
Contrary to what she said, the license is permanent for those who already had an original license.
I migrated as much as Win7 and 8.1 and I can say that everything that worked before still works now.
Yes, there are rumors circulating that MS will at some point charge those with Windows 7 or Windows 8.x who update to Windows 10 or that the license for a copy of Windows 10 acquired via an update will expire early. Those rumors are untrue. If someone installs the free update to Windows 10 within a year of the Windows 10 release, then they won't be charged for the update and their copy of Windows 10 will have the same end of life date (October 14, 2025) as a purchased license.
Yesterday I read on the MS forum someone said they did something similar. They created a VM and installed a full retail Win7 which they then upgraded to an activated Win10 (See 2nd link below). Later they uninstalled Win10 and tried to re-use the Win7 key on a laptop (fresh install) but it was refused as invalid. This user said he'd call MS to try to get his retail license freed up again and post back with the results. Lets hope it's not an issue because there are a lot of conflicting opinions about whether the Win7/8 license gets used up when upgrading to Win10 (we know this to be true since it is the base license that is used to acquire a Win10 license so this isn't unexpected) but the question becomes will it or will it not carry the transfer rights of the full Win10 license or even will it retain the ability to restore the original Win7/8 for re-use if a user deletes Win10. Moving it from 1 VM to another might confuse the MS server that it's just a fresh install to the same machine so it's not a true test of the ability to transfer Win10 which btw is a separate issue than what I am asking (but will come up later for me none the less). There is also the problem that some things may be possible during the grace "free" upgrade period that may not apply long term. MS agents may be more willing to bend while there is mass confusion over the rules but next year license provisions which were misleading, misunderstood or misrepresented may be clarified and people may be locked in to something they didn't expect.
At 1st some of the comments here and elsewhere were confusing for me due to my own preconceived notions on the subject especially when some of the comments lacked background and context. When I read from MS that you could upgrade from Win7/8 to Win10 and they provided an iso for direct fresh install and also asked for a product key it seemed straight forward. Boot from the dvd of the iso and install to a fresh HDD disk. When the install asks for the key provide a valid Win 7/8 key and presto MS validates the original key as genuine and activates your new Win10. Hold on a minute no that's not it at all. I knew nothing of the missing steps and some comments had it all but were a bit cryptic with blanket statements with little or no explanation. This was further complicated by my own interpretation of what I read so I was trying to fit the comments in that context and they didn't match.
I know this is what some of you have been saying all along but I had mud in my eyes and after a lot of reading some things are much clearer now. Here is what I understand the upgrade steps are at the moment
a) Foremost if you choose the iso route make sure it is the same language and bit type (32/64) as your original Win7/8/8.1
1- You must install and activate or already have an installed and activated Win7/8/8.1 OS on your device
2- You must upgrade your existing Win7/8/8.1 to WIN10 by either using the online MS upgrade tool or the iso provided
3- You must allow sufficient time for your new Win10 to be activated (The servers may be slow)
4- You must verify that your Win10 is activated (quoting from elsewhere...Control Panel->System applet. The activation status will be shown towards the bottom)
5- Optionally after doing all of the above you may do a fresh install if you wish. If after a fresh install your license is said to be invalid wait a while since it may be server problems. There are many complaints of people waiting a day or more.
All that said there are still questions about the ability to transfer the win10 to a new PC or to re-activate the original base license (Win7/8/8.1 if someone decides to remove Win10 after next year. I'm following a few threads on that very topic which according to comments in this 1st thread MS has not answered yet.
and another I'm tracking
There are a few more that discuss OEM versions but I can't tell if they are talking about pre-installed versions or separately purchased OEM versions. I'm waiting to see what MS answers on the retail first.
As far as OEM vs Retail:
EDIT: I found New info on why Win8 and Win8 Pro OEM is different
According to this MS link the only version of the Windows OEM OS that was available for Personal use was Win8 and Win8 Pro which can be used by individuals who build their own PCs and it carries the same transfer rights as the retail version. In the other versions Win 7, 8.1 and 10 you need the retail version to do that.
There is a link on that page provided that explains more about the Personal use license in the Window 10 guide unfortunately when opened it says you have to enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network for OEM resellers so I can't get to that document.
For more information about the Personal Use License in Windows 8, see the Windows 10 licensing guide. .docx 108 KB
As far as I can tell the difference is in the support. VL licensees are obliged by agreement with MS to provide OS support. Sellers (builders) who pre-install OEM versions too are obliged by license to provide os support to the customer but it's doubtful many of the small time players ever do. From what I have read and understand, these 2 previously mentioned groups may upgrade to WIN10 but do not and will not have transfer rights to another PC in most countries at least not in America it seems. Win10 will be locked to their hardware as it is for all upgraded devices but there is/was never and won't be any mechanism for them to remove and re-install Win10 or their original OS on another PC using the OEM key of their original OS.
The "Personal use" OEM purchaser (edit: Personal use OEM licenses are now known to legally exist only for Win8 and Win8 Pro) who installs their own (like me) are mostly on their own support wise but seem to have the same transfer rights as the Retail purchasers do. So other than MS support I can't see a real difference.
There may no longer be a difference with Win10 anyway since in the MS Win10 EULA they use what appears to be a new term "stand alone". It looks like the only distinction will be between the preinstalled versions vs the separately purchased licenses. Those who want to buy a Win10 license for personal use will have to get the retail version since the OEM version will not be available for individual personal use.
Transfer. The provisions of this section do not apply if you acquired the software as a consumer in Germany or in any of the countries listed on this site (aka.ms/transfer), in which case any transfer of the software to a third party, and the right to use it, must comply with applicable law.
a. Software preinstalled on device. If you acquired the software preinstalled on a device (and also if you upgraded from software preinstalled on a device), you may transfer the license to use the software directly to another user, only with the licensed device. The transfer must include the software and, if provided with the device, an authentic Windows label including the product key. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.
b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices.[/B]
Last edited by gll99; 3rd Aug 2015 at 01:14. Reason: Corrections, add new Information and some LinksThere's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
The reason the activated vm windows 10 got refused on the main computer because it was tied to the vm,calling ms fixes the issue.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
i am going to wait
perhaps a very long time..
My Acer doesn't take the change. My Asus i5 might. The Acer is old but still beyond the minimum spec. Tried 3 times but it failed somewhere and won't install. Will have to wait until issues with GPUs, DLLs and other problems get sorted out in the next few months and try again then...
There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed. For a limited time (the “eligible period”), on systems upgraded to Windows 10 from one of these older versions of Windows (a “qualified system”), a DVD playback app (“windows DVD player”) will be installed.
Must be running the latest version of Windows 8 (Windows 8.1 Update) to receive the free upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update.
Last edited by gll99; 4th Aug 2015 at 01:06.There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
I upgraded from windows 8 pro,not 8.1,it's just people making incorrect statements about needing to install from 8.1.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
I burned the iso to a dvd,i tried an a clean install and input my 7,8 windows keys and it didn't work,so i restarted by doing a deleted install to windows 7.1 and then upgraded to a windows 8,didn't want go though a windows 8.1 update,so i used the burned dvd to update to windows 10 pro and it activated.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
I doubt anyone needs to have a windows 8.1 from windows 8.0 to upgrade to windows 10 ,doesn't make any sense.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
1. I have currently upgraded to 10 from my legal 8.1 but would like to make a clean W10 installation using ISO (same system type - home, single language) I've downloaded from MS. Will it get activated on the same PC without web connection, if I instead use the new key for Windows 10 from my previous 'upgrade' installation (copied as you mentioned earlier)?
2. What will happen to my laptop's hidden recovery partitions at fresh installation from booted image: will they remain and if they will, then will I still be able to recover the older system from HDD? Will I keep the opportunity to activate both W10 (if I re-install it with its own key, currently provided) and the W8.1 bought with my laptop? MS says going back to older OS is only possible within a month, does it mean they'll permanently reset activation opportunity for the older OS on the same machine or is it just limited for Windows recovery option (to reset the upgrade installation: W10-> older system)?
Thanks in advance,
MS W10 can distribute updates to other PCs on your network. Not a real problem most times, but easy to turn off.
I turned off just about all the options I could after my W10 install on my laptop.
I noted quite a few of them mentioned they would send information to MS.
MS has more than enough 'information' from me.
I haven't ran the OS long enough to properly evaluate it compared to the W8.1 install it replaced.
I did notice my Start 8 program still works, so I still have the familiar W7 desktop.
And MS Office Word still refuses to open any document, same as W8 and W8.1. I gave up and installed Open Office.
I also had a lot of Internet Explorer crashes with W8 and W8.1, which I'm hoping is improved with W10.
I'm running W7 on all my other PCs and plan to continue that for some time.
I've just tested Win10 in VMPlayer and I'm not impressed at all! First design of UI elements is terrible! Boring flatness everywhere!
Buttons do not look like buttons any more. Now we have some ugly grey rectangles. Another problem. Difference between disabled and enabled buttons is too small. Grey vs dark grey. The same with scroll bars. Another flat ugly grey rectangle. The amount of white color in Explorer is annoying as hell. White title bar, white File , Home , Share bar ... White status bar and so on. Activated application on task bar is now highlighted by small blue stripe. Windows 7 has nice convexity effect. Not to mention about adaptive highlight color based on icon color. Start menu has Aero Glass effect but task bar has only simple transparency effect? WTF?! There are numerous inconsistency in gui design everywhere. Settings options in Start menu is just a pure joke. If you want to get to true control panel you must right-click on windows logo. To be honest right-click on windows logo has much more useful options than those dumbed down metro versions in start menu.
I will never understand why they added those useless live tiles in start menu. Wouldn't be better to have live tiles on desktop like gadgets in Win7? The only thing what might be interesting is DX12. However this DX12 hype will not last long because in next year Vulkan is coming. (Vista,Win7,win8,win10,linux).
Oh and also, there are privacy concerns on Windows 10. Microsoft has officially become the next google. As I understand, MS assigns unique Ad ID to each computer and provides targeted ads. Now they collects way more information than I am personally comfortable with and they have not made it clear as to how, what, where etc they will do with the data. Some might argue it is required for the Cortana and stuff, but I for one am not comfortable with that. That's just me though, if you are comfortable with that, by all means go ahead. Just be educated though that by default Microsoft will collect all your personal info, and you have to opt out, either during or post installation if you wish to.
Sources: Search WWW for 'Windows 10 Privacy'. One of the links:
The "flat" UI started with Windows 8. Flatness it is what passes for modern-looking graphical design these days, plus it is supposedly better for use with things like smart phones and tablets with less advanced CPUs and less memory.
If you've upgraded to Windows 10 then Microsoft could be using your PC - and your internet connection - to silently send Windows updates to others.
Using my internet to deliver their software to others is turned on by default ?
Do M$ know that most of Australia has strongly usage capped internet plans ?
Many plans just slow speed nowadays once over the cap, but at one time people did get bills in their $hundreds and $thousands for unwitting usage over the cap ... so many plain Aus mums and dads will either wonder why their internet has gone pith slow or get extra usage bills. What a nightmare. If it is on by default then that'd be a Yank culture centric setting I suppose.
Need do some googling to see what else I have to search for and turn off.
Last edited by hydra3333; 4th Aug 2015 at 18:26.
an updated privacy statement released shortly afterwards says Microsoft can collect users’ information from private emails, address books and other files.Within 45 pages of terms and conditions, the privacy information suggests Microsoft begins watching from when an account is created, saving customer’s basic information, passwords and credit card details, Newsweek reported.Cortana, for example, makes use of information about who a user calls on their phone, plus data from their emails and texts, calendar and contacts, as well as their web history and location.Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with on your devices
That together with now not being able to stop them doing things to my PC with windows update ... are they in bed with NSA or what ?
If not, what pipes do the NSA have in, for collecting data on non-US users who are not "protected" by US laws ?
It seems to be one of the largest bulk user-data collection mechanisms ever deployed on the planet. Tell me US Agencies are not more than tempted to tap in. Go on.
Last edited by hydra3333; 4th Aug 2015 at 18:51.
How to protect your privacy in Windows 10:
Also if you want to share your media with other DLNA devices:
1. Click on your network icon or go to Network & Internet.
2. Then click on your local area connection and turn it on.
3. You will also need to turn streaming on in your server programs(WMP, Plex, etc).
Last edited by MOVIEGEEK; 5th Aug 2015 at 11:48.