On 07/01/2019 13.29, Liam Proven wrote:
On 22/12/2018 05:07, Basil Chupin wrote:
No, you need the licence number for the copy of
Windows when you are
This is not correct.
On *some* hardware *from participating vendors* Win10 can activate
That's interesting :-)
Is vmware or virtualbox "participating"? ;-)
You can do a clean install of Win10 on *any* machine without a product
key. It will install, install *critical* updates (only) and run, but
product activation will fail.
As a result you cannot, for instance, customise the taskbar layout.
Additionally, a Win7, 8, or 8.1 key can be used to install and activate
Win10. AFAIK *any* valid key will work.
Ah. I thought that had a time limit.
Additionally, the free upgrade programme is still
available, so long as
you turn on an accessibility tool, such as Windows Narrator or
Magnifier. Then previous versions can be upgraded to 10 and will still
function and will be pre-activated. (If they were activated in the first
But you wrote
in an earlier post is that you have Windows already
installed on some machine but you may want to replace the HDD on which
Windows is installed with a SSD. If so then what you can do is to use
Clonezilla and CLONE the HDD with Windows onto a SSD and Windows will
quite happily boot and run from the SSD.
This is not universal. It depends if other hardware components had been
previously changed or replaced. Windows keeps a tally of changed
hardware and when this exceeds a certain value that only Microsoft
knows, it de-activates itself.
If you had previously upgraded some parts, e.g. your graphics adaptor,
and then change the HD, it *might* require re-activation.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 42.3 x86_64 "Malachite" at Telcontar)