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clockworksatan
09-21-2015, 09:01 AM
Hey guys,

I've got an interesting issue here so thought I'd throw it out here. If I try doing a 'clean' install of Windows 10 it brings up the screen asking for me to enter my product key instead of reading the OEM product key that (from what I understand) should have been embedded into my BIOS when I upgraded to Windows 10.

When I run the 'ShowKeyPlus' tool (found here (http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7745-product-key-view-windows-10-a.html)) it actually displays that my OEM key is still the Windows 8.1 key so it's definitely not updated.

Is there any way for me to force an update so that it stores my current activated Windows 10 key?

TheWitcher
09-21-2015, 09:55 AM
that key once upgraded will allow you to install windows 10. the infornmaton is saved on the windows 10 servers. just upgrade before you clean install and skip entering the key at clean install it will activate when connected to internet. it doesnt change the numbers of they key stored on your computer it just changes on the windows servers that that key can also install windows 10.

clockworksatan
09-21-2015, 11:28 AM
that key once upgraded will allow you to install windows 10. the infornmaton is saved on the windows 10 servers. just upgrade before you clean install and skip entering the key at clean install it will activate when connected to internet. it doesnt change the numbers of they key stored on your computer it just changes on the windows servers that that key can also install windows 10.

Aaah, ok. I was under the impression it overwrote the key stored in the BIOS. My bad.

Gps3dx
09-21-2015, 07:16 PM
Hey guys,
I've got an interesting issue here so thought I'd throw it out here. If I try doing a 'clean' install of Windows 10 it brings up the screen asking for me to enter my product key instead of reading the OEM product key that (from what I understand) should have been embedded into my BIOS when I upgraded to Windows 10.
When I run the 'ShowKeyPlus' tool (found here (http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7745-product-key-view-windows-10-a.html)) it actually displays that my OEM key is still the Windows 8.1 key so it's definitely not updated.

I known... MS is to blame... they hide any REAL-LIFE important info deep in...
Quote from MS own community: (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_install/how-to-upgrade-from-previous-versions-of-windows/31722b30-1da9-42bb-b331-0edc4649bf43)

Please be aware that you cannot use the free upgrade offer to perform a clean install on first attempt. You must first upgrade from the qualifying version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (whether you do it through Windows Update or using the .ISO file). Ensure the upgrade is completed successfully and then ensure that it is activated. You can then proceed to do a clean install by using recovery media or using the Reset function in Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC (Get Started).

Also... if one spend hours reading their FAQ, there's a chance to find a small reminder about that: (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq)

Q:Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading?
A: Yes. Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware.

Now... as you see "free upgrade" to win 10 is pain-in-the-ass and VERY time-consuming if you plan to make a clean install in advance.
lucky us, ( or not ) MS product are "so wonderful" that there are zillion-communities out there, which decipher and "bringing to light" all the hidden "easter-eggs" within MS's OSs.
The simple truth is, that if you eligible to a "free upgrade" to win10 & want to perform clean install in the same time - you can do that !
Hint: MS won't tell you that NOR will guide/offer you that solution...
Please see the guide I wrote to learn how to do that. (https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?76993-Guide-How-to-install-windows-8-8-1-10-The-proper-way-(UEFI-based-installation)&p=538710&viewfull=1#post538710)