0

Looking to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in a roundabout way. Can you guys let me know if my thinking here is correct?

What I have:

  • Macbook Pro (nothing but OS X on it right now)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium OEM (never activated)

What I want to end up with:

  • Windows 10 Professional installed on my Macbook Pro

Here's my plan:

  1. Via Bootcamp, install Windows 7 Home Premium to its own partition
  2. Activate the Windows 7 installation
  3. Accept free upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home
  4. Pay for the upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional
  5. Optional: Using the license key (that came with my Windows 7 Home Premium?) and an ISO image of Windows 10 Professional, do a clean install of Windows 10 Professional to the partition.

Would this work, or will I need to just buy an OEM version of Windows 10 Professional right off the bat and install that instead?

0

That might work.

You can activate Windows 7 with either a retail key or the OEM key for that motherboard, which might be something of a problem considering that no Microsoft key will be bound to a Macbook motherboard. (You can try, though!) Once you get Windows 7 activated, you can use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to perform the upgrade. The upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro will cost you $100; you can get it from the Windows Store like any other app. You will then be left with an activated instance of Windows 10 Pro.

If you attempt to use a Windows 7 Home Premium key to activate a freshly installed Windows 10 Pro instance, however, it will not work. The editions have to match up, hence the need to spend $100 in your planned upgrade path.

The trick will be to get Windows 7 activated; if the OEM key fails, it might be cheaper to just buy Windows 10 Pro (~$200 if I remember correctly) rather than buying a Windows 7 retail key and then spending another $100 for the Pro upgrade.

0

Since an update released a while after the OS's initial release, Windows 10 can now be activated directly using an existing Windows 7 OEM licence key.

Starting with the November update, Windows 10 (Version 1511) can be activated using some Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 product keys.

All you do is:

(1) Download the Windows 10 media creation tool (scroll down and choose the "Download tool now" option).

(2) Create the install media, such as on a USB flash drive.

(3) Boot the machine from the install media and install Windows 10. When asked about a licence key, choose the option basically saying "I don't have a key at this time". Also, be sure to choose the correct build of Windows 10 to install -- Home for Home, Pro for Pro; 32-bit for 32-bit, 64-bit for 64-bit -- depending on your Windows 7 key type. Note: Do not choose the "upgrade" option telling you to restart into Windows 7. Choose the fresh install option. That is, unless you have a Windows 7 installation you wish to keep the files and programs from.

(4) Activate Windows 10 after installation is completed through the usual route using the Windows 7 OEM licence key.

PS: I did this just two days ago, and it worked just fine. This was using a Refurbished licence to Windows 7 Home.

Whether or not the copy of Windows 7 needs to have been installed and activated before trying this method, I am not sure. In my case, the copy of Windows 7 had previously been installed and activated once on that machine.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.