With build 10586, this is not as clearly defined since all upgrades to the November Update are automatically defined as from a retail channel.In regards to troubleshooting issues with product activation, this adds a bit of complication since PCs that qualify for the upgrade, in particular, retail licenses, will use a default product key used by Windows 10 Home and Pro.“So I assume this will no longer be the case at some point, though I just tested this with the final Anniversary Update release and it worked just fine.” I tested it again this morning, multiple times, and in different ways, and it always worked. And I believe the reason that this still works is for customer convenience.Yes, Microsoft has been communicating the July 29 end date on the free upgrade for months.It did so primarily for people with Windows 7/8.x-based PCs, so that they could successfully activate on upgrades, or on later clean installs after an upgrade. last week, I expected this capability to end with the release of the Anniversary Update. Or after Windows 1607 was installed and fully updated. I used previously unused product keys to test this.But the process works fine for any Windows 7/8.x product keys, including unused retail keys. “Allowing this now makes no sense since the free upgrade period has ended,” I wrote. That said, I do expect Microsoft to take away this capability eventually.
Late night homework dates with Microsoft Word or Power Point or the legendary Internet Explorer which was so slow that by the time you take a shower and have your breakfast, it will still be loading.
For some people, it just works, and I'll provide information here so you can help ensure it just works for you, every time.
First up, let's define what it is I'm describing.
For purposes of this discussion, a clean install--or what Microsoft calls a custom install--is when you boot your PC with Windows 7 Setup media (typically a Setup DVD, but with this version it could also be a specially created, bootable USB memory device containing the Setup bits) with the intention of installing just Windows 7 on the PC.
There could be a previous version of Windows (XP or Vista) installed on the PC already.