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Last Edited by SpinControl July 14, 2016 at 05:48 AM
Windows 10 Threshold 2 to allow clean upgrade using Windows 7/8/8.1 product key

(July release = Threshold 1; November update = Threshold 2)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win...evelopment

http://blogs.windows.com/windowse...ild-10565/
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If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/micr...-pc-users/
http://www.winbeta.org/news/windo...uild-10565



Must do a non-clean install first

While running Windows 7/8, you must first run setup.exe on the newly created Windows 10 media.
(If you simply boot from the newly created Windows 10 media, it would NOT accept your Windows 7/8 key.)

After a non-clean install, you can THEN do a clean reintall. During reinstall, select the Skip button at the product key page.

Sources:


Product Keys
  • You do not need a product key to upgrade to Windows 10 or to "clean install" Windows 10 after an upgrade.
  • Microsoft keeps track of your Windows 10 license using an ID based on your computer's hardware (most likely your CPU/motherboard) which they store on their servers. This is why it's important that you are online when you either upgrade and install Windows 10.
  • On clean installs, Windows 10 will activate automatically if you skip entering the product key, as long as you are online.
  • The product key that you will likely get after running the utilities listed below in Windows 10 will be just a common generic key.
  • Microsoft's activation servers may be overloaded, so your system may not activate right away.

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If you can't find your windows product key, use this:

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Use this to find your key:
http://www.klinzmann.name/license...wnload.htm
I just used it and worked great.
http://www.tenforums.com/software...post160472 <- This was very straight forward and to the point
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For anyone (like myself) getting the VL key instead of the install key with all the tools listed here read THIS [howtogeek.com] article, or simply try this script:
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Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789"
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function
Save it as WindowsKey.vbs and run it, CTRL+C to copy and save your key for clean install.



Other tips

For those getting the cryptic "Something Happened" error when creating a bootable USB drive, just download the ISO file and then use Rufus to create a bootable USB: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

For those getting the cryptic "Something Happened" error when trying any option in the tool, visit the original link above, only using a mobile device browser, or with Firefox plugin Masking Agent. You will then be given unique, time-limited direct links to the ISOs for downloading.

If you want to try win 10 with a clean install and not touch your current win 7/8 install you can temporarily activate a clean install win 10 for six months: http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-ac...ild-10240/

Alternative to force a W10 upgrade that worked for me (see http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/28...ate-files/)
0) Delete everything from C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
1) open a command prompt (in admin mode)
2) open windows update via control panel
3) click check for updates
4) go back to command prompt and enter
wuauclt.exe /updatenow
5) now look in the windows update window - it should display 'Downloading Windows 10'



Free Windows 10 upgrade thread (original announcement)

http://slickdeals.net/f/7609766-free-windows-10-upgrade-july-29th-2015?v=1



Privacy concerns

Windows 10 Isn't Spyware But It Wants Your Data
http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-tec...your-data/

Did you read the privacy policy? No? then read this from a guy who did......... and then uninstall this crap http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2.../wind-nos/

How to stop Wi-Fi Sense sharing
Microsoft offers a permanent solution to this problem, but it's somewhat insane. You have to change your wireless network's name, or SSID, so that it ends with the characters "_optout". So if it's called "joe-network", it'll have to be adjusted to "joe-network_optout".
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/wind...57617.html

Wi-Fi Sense sharing does not need to be turned on. It seems like you can turn off Wi-Fi Sense if you select off on suggested open hotspots and connect to networks shared by my contacts. Of course, you can't get to your friends' wi-fi either...

Keylogger & Spyware (everything you give up when you install windows10)
https://i.imgur.com/9DoVoix.jpg


The following is nicely formatted in https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows1...ng_in_w10/

Quote :
There's been a lot of commotion over W10's privacy terms. I'm sure these methods can change/improve at any time, but here's a guide which should hopefully give you a relatively more private, safe experience, however at the risk of not being able to enjoy some of W10's features.

Before/During Installation

Do not use Express Settings. Hit Customize, and make sure everything is turned off.
It's strongly preferred that you use a local account with Windows 10.

After Installation

Head to Settings > Privacy, and disable everything, unless there are some things you really need.
While within the Privacy page, go to Feedback, select Never in the first box, and Basic in the second box.
Head to Settings > Update and Security > Advanced Options > Choose how updates are delivered, and turn the first switch off.
Disable Cortana by clicking the Search bar/icon.
(Optional) Disable web search in Search by going to Settings, and turning off Search online and include web results.
Change the name of your PC by going to Start (or hitting the Windows key), typing About PC, and clicking Rename PC.

Slightly Complex

Open up the Command Prompt by launching cmd as an administrator, and enter the following:

sc delete DiagTrack

sc delete dmwappushservice

echo "" > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl

Open up the Group Policy Editor by launching gpedit.msc as an administrator. Go through Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds. Double click Telemetry, hit Disabled, then apply. NOTE: This only truly works in the Enterprise edition, but the final step provides a decent enough workaround for Pro users.

While still in the Group Policy Editor, go through Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive, double click Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage, hit Enabled, then apply.

While still in the Group Policy Editor, go through Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender, double click Turn Off Windows Defender, hit Enabled, then apply.

Open up the Registry Editor by launching regedit as an administrator. Go through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection, select AllowTelemetry, change its value to 0, then apply.

First, download the Take Ownership tweak and enable it. Then, head to the Hosts File by going through C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc, take ownership of the hosts file, and add all of the IPs from this page into the file.

Up To You

Replace Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer with Firefox, Chromium, or any forks/variations of them.
Replace Windows Media Player with VLC or MPC-HC
Replace Groove Music with Foobar2000, Winamp, or MusicBee.
Replace Photos/Windows Photo Viewer with ImageGlass or IrfanView.
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Changing Motherboards/CPU (unless MS changes the rules)
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-...6ee?auth=1

If you upgrade from a OEM or retail version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to the free Windows 10 upgrade this summer, the license is consumed into it. Because the free upgrade is derived from the base qualifying license, Windows 10 will carry that licensing too.
If you upgrade from a retail version, it carries the rights of a retail version.
If you upgrade from a OEM version, it carries the rights of a OEM version.

Full version (Retail):
- Includes transfer rights to another computer.
- Doesn't require a previous qualifying version of Windows.
- Expensive

Upgrade version (Retail):
- Includes transfer rights to another computer.
- require a previous qualifying version of Windows.
- Expensive, but cheaper than full version

OEM :
OEM versions of Windows are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:
- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel
- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on
- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard
- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

What happens if I change my motherboard?
As it pertains to the OEM licenses this will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous base qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license. If the base qualifying license (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) was a full retail version, then yes, you can transfer it.

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Shouldn't this be in the free digital goods section?
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Tried 4 times to create a USB installer. Keep getting the very descriptive error "Something Happened" 50% through, when I assume it's collecting the files to copy to the USB drive. The log file says something about a default language error.

Thumbs down because I'm sure it's your fault OP
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Tried 4 times to create a USB installer. Keep getting the very descriptive error "Something Happened" 50% through, when I assume it's collecting the files to copy to the USB drive. The log file says something about a default language error.

Thumbs down because I'm sure it's your fault OP
See attached thumbnails, I created USB installer fine.
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See attached thumbnails, I created USB installer fine.
Stop coming at me with your "proof".

Seriously though, I'm not sure what's going on. Trying it on another machine.

EDIT: tried it on my laptop. It just force closed that time. Good stuff.
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Even when MS releases an OS for free, someone gives a TD with "not a good price" laugh out loud
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Stop coming at me with your "proof".

Seriously though, I'm not sure what's going on. Trying it on another machine.
Whatever dude, I just post the link from Microsoft website, it doesn't work for you is not my fault.
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Whatever dude, I just post the link from Microsoft website, it doesn't work for you is not my fault.
I was just joking. Don't take life so seriously.
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Even when MS releases an OS for free, someone gives a TD with "not a good price" laugh out loud
I meant to select "could not replicate deal"

I think I need to try again in the morning.
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Used the tool earlier. On Windows 10 now, just did a straight upgrade, no media creation nonsense.
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I've been on 0% for about 15 minutes, Is this normal?
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Even when MS releases an OS for free, someone gives a TD with "not a good price" laugh out loud
Some people think MS should pay them to use their OS.
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I've been on 0% for about 15 minutes, Is this normal?
for the download? it's crawling now
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I've been on 0% for about 15 minutes, Is this normal?
nope..unless the link is hammered
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