How to install and activate Windows 10 using your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key


Microsoft as of late declared the first major update to Windows 10 which incorporates various enhancements for end clients and organizations. One of the welcome enhancements is the consistence check when meeting all requirements for the Windows 10 redesign.

Beforehand, Windows 7, Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 clients expected to have both of those adaptations Windows introduced and enacted so as to fit the bill for the free redesign offer. For people who expected to play out a clean introduce of Windows 10 from the start, it was a two stage procedure of first approving the machine through the update schedule, guarantee the Windows 10 Upgrade was initiated, at that point continue to play out a Reset. With the most recent November Update (1511), clients no longer need to experience this procedure. In this article, we investigate how to introduce and initiate Windows 10 utilizing your Windows 7 or Windows 8 item key.


For the reasons for this article, I am utilizing a Windows 7 permit to perform clean introduce utilizing Windows 10.

Please note: The copy of Windows 10 you download must correspond with the edition of Windows you are licensed for:

  • Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Core must use a Windows 10 Home ISO
  • Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.0 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro must use a Windows 10 Pro ISO
  • If you are using Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8.0 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise editions you won’t be able to use the free upgrade offer.

Survey total guidelines how to download the Windows 10 ISO in the accompanying article:

The most effective method to download official Windows 10 ISO records

Survey guidelines here how to begin a clean introduce on the off chance that you want, on the off chance that you need to play out a redesign, click here.

Have your Windows 7 or 8/8.1 item key prepared. On the off chance that you bought a retail permit, you can discover the item key inside the item box. The Windows 7 item key is ordinarily found on an orange sticker appended to a flyer inside the crate. The Windows 8/8.1 item key is found on a private company size card. See models beneath. Kindly note, you can likewise utilize your OEM item key as well if Windows came preinstalled on your PC.

In the event that your PC came preinstalled with an OEM form of Windows 7, search for the Certificate of Authenticity sticker joined to the undercarriage of your PC. Regularly this can be along the edge or head of the framework unit. For PCs, take a gander at the base of the frame or inside the battery or memory compartment. It would appear that the accompanying:

In the event that you are running an OEM preinstalled Windows 8/8.1 permit, Windows 10 arrangement ought to consequently identify the item key and introduce it naturally.

With Windows 8, Microsoft had changed from stickers that have the item key that the client needs to type in when introducing the working framework to new BIOS implanted item keys.

The thought is that by taking out the sticker, you dispose of one of the simpler ways for loathsome clients to get a genuine item key. Wiping out the item key sticker likewise evacuates any concern that the sticker may get harmed while simultaneously taking out the long and disturbing procedure of composing in different letters and numbers when introducing the working framework.

On the off chance that the client needs to reinstall the working framework on a machine that accompanied Windows 8, the establishment procedure naturally snatches the product item key from the motherboard BIOS with no contribution from the client. This implies those natural Windows item key stickers will no longer show up on the Windows 8 PCs.

If you have lost your Windows product key, Microsoft recommends you purchase a new one. windows-item key#where-discover windows-item key=windows-7

You may be fortunate by reaching Microsoft Support who may be thoughtful to your circumstance:

Contact the Microsoft store:


1-877-696-77861-877-696-7786 FREE


Microsoft Support Contact Information:

General Microsoft contact site:

On the off chance that you are provoked to enter an item key during Windows 10 arrangement (November Update otherwise known as 1511) from inside a running rendition of Windows, your Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 item key won’t work. Rather, you ought to initiate your Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 first, at that point re-run Windows 10 arrangement. You won’t be provoked to enter an item key.

During Setup: If you are prompted to enter a product key when you boot from the Windows 10 setup installation media, click the option ‘I don’t have a product key’. Select the appropriate edition you are licensed for.

Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Core will install Windows 10 Home ISO Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.0 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro will install Windows 10 Pro ISO

Out of Box Experience, if you are prompted for a product key, Click Do this Later.

Complete the installation

Review instructions how to activate

Step by step instructions to investigate Product Activation in Windows 10

Suppose I decide to reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8?

You can reinstall or restore a system image of your previous version of Windows and continue using it, this will not affect the validity of the license.

If you continue to experience problems entering your product key:

Click Start > Settings (press Windows key + i) > Update & security > Activation then click Change product key

Or on the other hand

Press Windows key + X

Click Command Prompt (Admin)

At the command prompt, type the following commands:

slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx (allows you to replace the current product key with the specified)

xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx – represents your product key

Hit Enter on your keyboard

Exit the command prompt

Restart your computer

Wait a while and it should activate, if not, give it a few days.

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