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Is upgrade from Windows 7 OA to windows 10 free?

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I currently use Home premium OA version of Windows 7 that came pre-installed with the laptop. I am interested in windows 10 and want to use it. Is the upgrade possible? And if so, is the upgrade free in this case?
 

Laura Knotek

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That is correct "OA" stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Activation", not Enterprise. He is using Windows 7 that was preinstalled by the manufacturer of the PC he purchased.
 

eltonjain

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so would it be like Windows 10 basic or such? Or Windows 10 has only 2 segments - Home and Enterprise?
As I remember Windows 7 had a lot of variations, basic, home premium, ultimate, etc etc
 

Laura Knotek

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so would it be like Windows 10 basic or such? Or Windows 10 has only 2 segments - Home and Enterprise?
As I remember Windows 7 had a lot of variations, basic, home premium, ultimate, etc etc
Windows 10 will probably have: Windows 10 (no Media Center), Windows 10 Pro (with Media Center) and Windows 10 Enterprise, like the Windows 8.1 versions. Compare Windows 8.1 editions
 

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I have now downloaded W10 to a USB stick and running the installer. As I enter the product key as it's written on the sticker on my ASUS laptop with Win 7 Home Prem OA the installer says that the key is not a valid key. So all above is not true or did I miss something?

kind regards
Fooz
 

sarim_xyz

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I have now downloaded W10 to a USB stick and running the installer. As I enter the product key as it's written on the sticker on my ASUS laptop with Win 7 Home Prem OA the installer says that the key is not a valid key. So all above is not true or did I miss something?

kind regards
Fooz

You have to upgrade the current version of Windows to Windows 10 and activate it online before you can do a clean install. Once done, skip the part where it asks for product key. There is an option to skip it. Once you install, it'll activate itself.

Edit: The key you have is Windows 7, it will not work. No key will work.
 

Diego Matter

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I downloaded "MediaCreationToolx64.exe" from Microsoft to upgrade my laptop from Windows 7 Pro OA to Windows 10, but I only get an error message "There was a problem" with no explanation of the type of problem.