1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    My computer has been struggling. I need to upgrade it. It was grinding away with w8.1.
    now with w10 it freezes, locks up and reboots by itself, and does some other funny stuff. I want to build a new computer and put w10 on it.
    I think I can by doing this:
    Create a w10 dvd. write down my product id number.
    build my new computer then install w10 from the dvd and enter my product code.
    Will that do it? Can it be this easy?
    thanks in advance
    08-09-2015 01:03 PM
  2. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Hmm, I think you would need the license key, not the product code or product ID number. This license key is automatically generated during the upgrade process if you're upgrading from a legitimate copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Hence, it appears that you would need to upgrade to Windows 10 first (which you've already done), try to find the installed license key in the registry (if it can be found at all), copy that license key *(if found) and use that when prompted during the installation of Windows 10 hoping that it will work.

    So, no, it doesn't appear to be that easy.

    Should you wish to provide us with more info or ask further questions, please don't hesitate to create a Windows Central account and respond to this thread.
    08-09-2015 01:14 PM

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