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  1. sabas1's Avatar
    OK, need some help here guys:

    I replaced the old hdd drive from my laptop with the new ssd drive

    Booted up and began installing my retail copy of windows 7

    However, when it came to inputting the product key it said it was invalid. How is that?

    Now I'm stuck on this step and can't do anything

    What the hell!?! What can I do?

    Plz, suggestions.

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    07-30-2015 08:49 PM
  2. Jack Neill's Avatar
    Install without the Key, 7 let you do that, then activate via phone once youre all installed
    07-30-2015 09:38 PM
  3. sabas1's Avatar
    Install without the Key, 7 let you do that, then activate via phone once youre all installed
    Damn, I'm an *****. Just realized my copy of windows 7 home premium is the upgrade one, ugh. Are the upgrade copies of windows 7 able to get Windows 10?

    Crap, now I'm really bummed. I'm so stupid, hahaha.


    Edit: scrap everything I said, all is good now. 👌😁

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    Last edited by sabas1; 07-31-2015 at 01:30 AM.
    07-30-2015 10:36 PM
  4. poit57's Avatar
    To those confused about the activation and product keys, this article at the SuperSite for Windows is the most clear explanation I've read. Here is the pertinent information:

    The basic process is that when you perform an upgrade to Windows 10 (over a genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 system), an anonymous and unique hardware hash is generated that is based on your systems hardware configuration. Since it is anonymous, you do not have to use a Microsoft Account. This hardware hash is generated even if you choose to install Windows 10 with a Local Account.

    That same hardware hash is sent to Microsoft servers and a corresponding certificate is created to validate your systems activation status. From this point forward any future installs, including one where you delete all partitions and install Windows 10 from scratch, will be activated because of that unique hardware hash and the corresponding certificate. Since it is all stored on Microsofts servers there is no reason for us to keep a backup either.
    One further caveat is that any future subsequent re-installations on this machine have to be the same Windows 10 version installed during the initial upgrade process (Home or Pro).
    07-31-2015 10:20 AM
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