08-03-2015 10:25 AM
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  1. Dos101's Avatar
    It should be possible to skip all the prompts to enter a key during installation.

    I agree with you. I feel MS has generally been ignoring the clean-install crowd for quite some time now. It was a major pain during the W8.1 upgrade too, where it was almost impossible to even get an ISO.

    But even without the clean-install issues, I still feel the entire upgrade process is far too convoluted. It shouldn't require this much information and clarification just to understand how to upgrade correctly.
    There was a skip option, but at the time I assumed I had a legitimate key, so I didn't think much of it. Oh well. I genuinely hope Microsoft listens to everyone's feedback, this could and should have been a lot simpler.

    In troubleshooting my issue, it seems that Microsoft does indeed recommend selecting skip. I did a second clean install using this method but still didn't activate. Of course, I might have messed it up by inputting a key the first time I did the clean install. Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help
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    07-29-2015 06:20 PM
  2. TonyRAnderson's Avatar
    So I

    1. Was already upgraded to Windows 10240 through the technical program. Under activation it said my license was activated.
    2. Downloaded the ISO, put it on a USB, and then installed through that.
    3. Had my new install of Windows 10. BUT, my license now says its not activated.

    With that said, many people are reporting this same issue, and many believe it is because of an overload of the servers and that eventually these keys will be activated. You can even try forcing it (spam if you want) by typing slmgr.vbs /ato in the command prompt.

    I'm a little worried though because my 'upgrade' to WIndows 10 was via the Insider program, not from the normal way people are all upgrading today. I really haven't seen any official clarification from Microsoft regarding the Insiders.
    07-29-2015 07:24 PM
  3. ncbartschi's Avatar
    Microsoft should just allow Windows 7 & 8 keys to be entered and activated within Windows 10 for 1 year, period. This would eliminate the issue the clean install group is experiencing.

    All this nonsense of needing to upgrade first then doing a clean install is just an added step to an already convoluted process.
    07-29-2015 08:31 PM
  4. Grimlock's Avatar
    What confused the hell out of me is that I downloaded the ISO and used the same method on 2 desktops and a surface pro 3, and it only successfully activated one of the desktops and the surface pro 3. All three devices had reserved W10 through the icon and all that, but none were downloading so I opted for the ISO.
    07-29-2015 09:50 PM
  5. iamtim's Avatar
    All three devices had reserved W10 through the icon and all that, but none were downloading so I opted for the ISO.
    It doesn't matter if they were reserved or not, it only matters if they were upgraded. If you didn't do the in-place upgrade through the icon on a given machine, Windows 10 won't activate on that machine. Once you do the in-place upgrade through the icon, then Windows 10 will activate.
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    07-29-2015 09:56 PM
  6. AndresFelipe38's Avatar
    I had Windows 8.1 with an original purchased key, I just updated today to Windows 10 (I was not an Insider) and as expected, Windows 10 is activated.
    I want to do a clean install of Windows 10, I already have the ISO burned. Will I have it activated by just logging in after I erase everything in the system partition and then installing it again? Or should I do anything else?
    07-29-2015 10:55 PM
  7. DarthHater's Avatar
    This really pisses me off. Microsoft really dropped the ball. Activating with Win 7 or Win 8 product key would have eliminated much of the hassle. Now, I have to reinstall Win7 on another machine, upgrade win7, update to win 10 just to get the Win 10 key. This is ridiculous.
    07-29-2015 11:15 PM
  8. Isror's Avatar
    This really pisses me off. Microsoft really dropped the ball. Activating with Win 7 or Win 8 product key would have eliminated much of the hassle. Now, I have to reinstall Win7 on another machine, upgrade win7, update to win 10 just to get the Win 10 key. This is ridiculous.
    But at least its a solution that you don't have to wait days for to resolve :) I'm taking the win and moving on haha
    07-29-2015 11:23 PM
  9. ncbartschi's Avatar
    Indeed, or providing a web-based utility to manually let us upgrade our keys to W10. The current system makes it a real headache to run a clean install if you haven't upgraded.
    07-29-2015 11:42 PM
  10. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Third Option:
    Upgrade from W7, W8.x to W10. Then create a recovery drive, use recovery drive to do a clean install.
    EDIT: Nope, don't do this. I did this and ended up with a W8.1 recovery disk.

    Fourth Option.
    Upgrade from W7, W8.x to W10. Then do a 'reset' to get a clean install.

    Fifth Option:
    Upgrade from W7, W8.1 to W10. Use KeyFinder to get your new W10 key. Use that key to install from the downloaded ISO during a clean install.
    Last edited by Guzzler3; 07-30-2015 at 11:32 AM.
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    07-30-2015 12:25 AM
  11. Viktar H's Avatar
    Looks like this won't work.
    After upgrading you only get generic blocked W10 key that won't help you to activate clean installed OS, so you do not really get a valid W10 license.
    After a year you won't be able to get activated W10 having a win7-8 licence.
    HUGE disappointment after all the official statements.
    07-30-2015 03:08 AM
  12. Viktar H's Avatar
    Use KeyFinder to get your new W10 key. Use that key to install from the downloaded ISO during a clean install.
    You are not getting unique valid W10 licence key after updating.
    The key that you get is a generic common key that is already blocked to activate. Activation is just transferred from previous version.

    So people upgrading are not getting W10, they just get their w7-8.1 in upgraded state.
    And this procedure would not be possible after a year.

    Huge disappointment after all the official statements.

    Once your device upgrades to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer it will activate online automatically. This information will be stored as a record so when you perform subsequent installations, the activation code will be automatically applied, as long as it’s the same computer and the exact same Windows 10 edition.

    This was clamed before july 29 but not working as of now and it looks like cloud activation is only for W10 buyers, but not for upgraders :(
    Last edited by Viktar H; 07-30-2015 at 03:49 AM.
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    07-30-2015 03:10 AM
  13. iamtim's Avatar
    After upgrading you only get generic blocked W10 key that won't help you to activate clean installed OS, so you do not really get a valid W10 license.
    I don't think that's right... once I did the upgrade, I used the Microsoft Media Creator application to download an ISO which I burned to a DVD. I then booted from that DVD, did a fresh, clean install (which included deleting all the partitions on my drive and creating a new partition). It installed and activated without a problem, because all my activation information was stored in the cloud. I'm typing this right now from my fresh, clean install of Windows 10.
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    07-30-2015 09:00 AM
  14. scumdogmillionaire's Avatar
    Trying to do a clean install on the Surface Pro 3 was a pain. Hopefully they release an updated Recovery Image with 10 on it. That would be nice.

    I'm about to go the super long way around which is restore from the 8.1 Recovery Image. Upgrade to 10. Then to a system reset, which should leave behind a nice clean Windows 10 install :P
    07-30-2015 09:29 AM
  15. Prathameshk's Avatar
    guys today i install windows 10 by clean install i have Samsung series 3 laptop because of the clean install it didn't activated my windows copy i used the product key which is on the label under the laptop i don't know what should i do.while installing i used [shift+F10] button which opens command prompt...after i typed 'disk part' then i saw there were 2 dics in ,first where all windows files and my files were stored and another partition is about of 29 gb which contains recovery part of my windows 7 home basic i selected my 1st partition and installed windows 10 but it is still not activated please help me guys i don't know what to do now and also the recovery partition is still there but i cant access it using F4 key (which is normally recovery key used for Samsung laptop)what should i do
    I've messed up all the nothings i've lost my activation and also w7 home basic...
    Yes my account was reserved
    07-30-2015 10:25 AM
  16. TonyRAnderson's Avatar
    You have to upgrade from 7 or 8 (Or Windows Insider maybe) to Windows 10. Then you should have an activated key (which is generic by the way, we all have that same key, Microsoft activates based on your hardware in their cloud). Once you're there, you can clean install how you wish.
    07-30-2015 11:23 AM
  17. Prathameshk's Avatar
    You have to upgrade from 7 or 8 (Or Windows Insider maybe) to Windows 10. Then you should have an activated key (which is generic by the way, we all have that same key, Microsoft activates based on your hardware in their cloud). Once you're there, you can clean install how you wish.
    I think i need samsung support center
    Because after installation of w10 it disabled my recovery partition so i cant recover and also somewhere i read that after u install w10 (clean install)on oem u will unable to access ur previous recovery partition and also u will not able to activate w10 so i think there is only one solution samsung support center
    07-30-2015 11:34 AM
  18. a5cent's Avatar
    I think i need samsung support center
    Because after installation of w10 it disabled my recovery partition so i cant recover and also somewhere i read that after u install w10 (clean install)on oem u will unable to access ur previous recovery partition and also u will not able to activate w10 so i think there is only one solution samsung support center
    No you don't. You can download a W8 or W7 ISO from MS and install that, then start over with the update procedure as MS intended.
    07-30-2015 11:39 AM
  19. Prathameshk's Avatar
    No you don't. You can download a W8 or W7 ISO from MS and install that, then start over with the update procedure the way it's intended to be done.
    But i read that oem key dont work on the other isos
    Is that true?please reply me so i'll downlaod the iso now
    07-30-2015 11:40 AM
  20. a5cent's Avatar
    But i read that oem key dont work on the other isos
    Is that true?please reply me so i'll downlaod the iso now
    I have no idea why that shouldn't work. I've done it a few times on my wife's HP Ultrabook which contains the OEM license key in its UEFI BIOS. Worked fine.
    07-30-2015 11:46 AM
  21. Prathameshk's Avatar
    I have no idea why that shouldn't work. I've done it a few times on my wife's HP Ultrabook which contains the OEM license key in its UEFI BIOS. Worked fine.
    Ok i'll try after i download the iso file...and thanxx for reply...hope so this will work fine if all things goes right...
    07-30-2015 11:49 AM
  22. Jan Ernemyr's Avatar
    Same for me,,
    07-30-2015 01:37 PM
  23. WindowsX's Avatar
    We're all making it far more complicated than it actually is. All you need to know is this:

    1. You can't activate W10 without a valid W10 license key!

    2. You can acquire a valid W10 license in one of two ways:
    a) purchase a W10 license key online or through retail
    b) upgrade your older W7 or W8.x license key to a W10 license key

    2b is the tricky one! Doing this requires that you start with a genuine and activated W7 or W8.1 installation and then go through the online in-place upgrade process at least once! It doesn't matter if this happened before the 29th with an insider preview version of Windows, or after with the RTM version. It just must have occurred. This creates a new W10 license and associates it with both your hardware and your MS account. All that is stored in the cloud.

    Without having gone through that process, your MS account has no record of your hardware being associated with a W10 license. If you do a clean install, Windows will ask you for a key during installation. All you'll have is your older license key and that won't be accepted as a valid substitute for a W10 license.
    So if I skipped the upgrade process (tried to go straight to a clean 10 install from an ISO image), I need to go back to windows 7 and reactivate it, go through the upgrade process and make sure it gets activated and associated with my MS account, THEN I can try a clean install and hope all goes smoothly from there?

    Can I do the "official upgrade" from the ISO disk I have by simply choosing the "upgrade" option instead of "custom" or whatever it was that I chose?
    07-30-2015 07:52 PM
  24. AndresFelipe38's Avatar
    I just did the clean install after upgrading, the activation remains.
    07-30-2015 08:15 PM
  25. James8561's Avatar
    Had activated Win7pro on desktop. Upgraded to win10pro. did clean reset deleting all files. now I'm running fresh win10pro activated no issue
    07-30-2015 08:37 PM
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