Yes. You upgrade from your activated Windows 8, create your ISO, then reformat/reinstall 10. Kludgy, I know, but that's what Microsoft put in place. You shouldn't have to enter a Windows 10 key if you install it on that same system**.I got a little confused. .isn't there a way to make a Windows 10 clean install just by using an old, original, windows 8 key?
Yes it seems everyone have the same key...I don't understand this why?Why everyone have the same keys?
Windows 10 Home - YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
Windows 10 Home SL- BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT
Windows 10 Pro - VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Windows 10 Pro VL-MAK - QJNXR-7D97Q-K7WH4-RYWQ8-6MT6Y
Windows Updates downloaded the files needed for Windows 10 on the system. I prepared ISO with Install.esd. And also prepared bootable USB with ISO.No. You have to upgrade to create your Windows 10 licence (hardware ID) so it pops your licence/ID on the Windows Store (where your "key" is kept, not on the ISO...think some of us were mistaken on that). When you do a clean install, you SKIP key entry as you don't have one; it'll activate after you go online.
I'm wondering if one can use the ISO to kick off the upgrade process; I don't see why not if you run it from within the OS and it is the matching edition (Home on Home, Pro on Pro).
Why you did clean install?Yeah, clean install isn't activating. I have Task Scheduler sending an activation request every 5 minutes.
I followed this procedure: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install?ocid=ms_wol_win10
Ok... I thought you were going to use ISO to upgrade & then USB to clean install.Oh Heavens no; I've always admonished against upgrades/dirty installs--nothing but problems. I don't buy that reset argument either; I would only use that as a contingency temporarily until a proper clean install can be accomplished. This still holds true with Windows 10...I've seen quirks specifically due to in-place upgrades.
First problem: upgrade puts the recovery partition at the end of the disk rather than at the beginning, which prevents Samsung Magician overprovision feature from working.
I upgraded and then performed a clean install per the linked instructions.