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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       31 Oct 2015 #30

    Correct, as long as Windows 10 is installed on the same PC.

    Your Windows 7 product key is still valid, but you have agreed to no longer use it to activate Windows 7 with unless you uninstall the free Windows 10 first. It's an agreement in exchange for the free Windows 10.
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  2.    22 Nov 2015 #31

    Just I registered to say "Thank you so much"

    Friction said: View Post
    Option 2 and 3 do not work for me on Windows 10 Pro 64 (10240)
    Thanks so much
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  3. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       23 Nov 2015 #32

    If you should decide to keep the previous version running the alternative option of course would be to buy a separate key for 10 and run with a dual boot. This however is usually an option for the desktop where extra drives can be added when necessary especially for anyone wanting to keep each version on a separate drive as a stand alone install.

    (While some will dual boot OSs on the same drive if something comes up? then they get stuck without any OS! being the main reason for that.)
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  4.    13 Jan 2016 #33

    I know this thread is a bit old but I want to add important info.
    First if you upgraded, as mentioned, your product key is the generic one. Don't bother with Belarc or any other key finder they will be useless

    I had to RMA my mobo. Win 10 booted fine. Also replaced gpu, OS SSD (Macrium Reflect cloned), data drives, and RAM and it still booted activated. Only original component is cpu.

    And my ***** mobo died again but this time no RMA and can't be bought anymore. Grrrrrr. That's why I'm here!
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  5. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       02 Feb 2016 #34

    Hello jb0nez Welcome to the Ten Forums!

    This is a guide thread here so the answer would need to be added to the support thread you posted a weeks back when first arriving which saw the advice to contact MS directly if you can by phone to speak with a live operator. Since the second replacement board failed and you now need a substitution as far as model if not both make and model you would either speak directly to someone at MS or end up needing to purchase a key unless you have a retail key for one of the previous versions not presently in use.

    Even if you have the media for the previous version to see a clean install that install would need to be activated by MS in order to go with the key or GenuineTicket.xml file option seen in another guide for a clean install of 10. Otherwise the 3rd board being a change would be seen as a new pc. Unfortunately if you are not able to call into MS on their toll free number you are likely going to be looking at the need to buy a key. The guide for seeing a clean install of 10 without first upgrading provided you can see a previous version activated is seen at: Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums
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  6.    03 Feb 2016 #35

    So weird, I changed every component but my cpu and windows didn't blink. Bought a used identical mobo while mine is being RMA'd and THIS time win 10 complained. I got a chat open and they basically offered to sell me a real product key for Windows 10 Pro for $40. I did it. I like having a real key. Why it worked before but not this time I have no idea--as mentioned the mobo identical make and model!
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  7. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       03 Feb 2016 #36

    The first swap was for the exact same make and model board only with a different serial number but due to the MS ease on activation to a degree in order to get people to upgrade even out of bogey Windows installs into a legit 10 you saw a slight leave way allowing that to slide for the moment until that board failed.

    You may want to start looking closely as to just why the replacement went in case you have something not connected properly? The company may have simply discontinued the board due to a fault they realized was easier(and cheaper) to fix by putting out a totally different model. The change in model and if change in brand was also seen would be a major change as you saw requiring you to buy the license likely OEM for that low a price.

    Here keeping 7 on along with 10 I simply invested in a Black Friday discount to be able to keep both versions running on the present build and once this main build has to be redone if not replaced entirely 7 will of course be retired likely since the driver support may no longer be available when that time comes.

    With this now being the 3rd of February and for anyone who hasn't seen the 10 app removed and the OS upgrade feature put out of commission 10 will now come in as the recommended update since the 10 app will no longer see the opt out option. The February 1st deadline for the change had been announced in the Windows Blog back in October as a note to add here. But that won't be any concern you there! :)
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  8. Posts : 246
    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332
       25 Apr 2016 #37

    Hi Shawn,

    I tried to run ShowKeyPlus, but my AV sw declares it unsafe. Instead. I used the "slmgr /dlv" command to get the info ....

    Does the above provide the same info as ShowkeyPlus ?


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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       25 Apr 2016 #38

    Hello Geoff, :)

    The command will only show you the last 4 digits of the product key you are currently activated with.

    ShowKeyPlus is 100% sage if you would like to add it to the exception list of your AV program to allow it to run.
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  10.    06 Jun 2016 #39

    showKeyPlus worked in one of my PC (upgraded from 8.1 retail to window 10)
    It can show the original Key of window 8.1

    But showKeyPlus doesn't work on my another PC (upgraded from window 7 to window 8 to window 8.1 to window 10)
    The product Key that it shows is "BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB"
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