1. tharrison4815's Avatar
    I was just wondering if anyone knows if I can install Windows 10 as a clean install on my PC and then use my Windows 8 key or whether I have to kick-off the Windows 10 upgrade from within Windows 8.

    I would much rather format and install Windows 10 fresh from a disc.
    07-29-2015 01:37 AM
  2. NeerajMakeBelieve's Avatar
    i tried the same but stuck as w10 is not detecting my windows 8 embedded dreamspark key
    07-29-2015 05:16 AM
  3. NeerajMakeBelieve's Avatar
    tell me if u can
    07-29-2015 05:16 AM
  4. monkeysaintfun's Avatar
    I was just wondering if anyone knows if I can install Windows 10 as a clean install on my PC and then use my Windows 8 key or whether I have to kick-off the Windows 10 upgrade from within Windows 8.

    I would much rather format and install Windows 10 fresh from a disc.
    As far as I am aware. You have to do the upgrade first. Then you can do a clean install using an ISO or using the "reset" function in Windows.

    I would do the upgrade, then check your key using a keyfinder and make a note of your new Windows 10 key just incase. Better then taking the risk of installing and getting stuck, although the installer usually asks for the key before you do any formatting so wouldn't hurt to download the ISO and boot into it.
    NeerajMakeBelieve likes this.
    07-29-2015 05:30 AM
  5. NeerajMakeBelieve's Avatar
    have you tried it ?? please help If you have dreamspark key
    07-30-2015 06:18 AM
  6. a5cent's Avatar
    I was just wondering if anyone knows if I can install Windows 10 as a clean install on my PC and then use my Windows 8 key.
    No.

    Everything you're wondering about in regard to activation and keys is answered in our FAQ:

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...ation-faq.html

    I'll close this thread. If you have any other questions feel free to ask them there or start a new thread.
    07-30-2015 06:26 AM

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