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Windows 7: "Re-Upgrading" To 10 After New HD Required Reverting to 7

25 Apr 2019   #1
New 2 7

7 HomePrem x64, fresh install using DVD along w/ new Hard drive
"Re-Upgrading" To 10 After New HD Required Reverting to 7

The title says it all, but helps with background. The '12 vintage Samsung (R580) laptop serves me well. I had allowed free upgrade from 7 to 10 when originally offered. After harddrive crash and replacement 2 years ago I was entirely unsuccessful getting 10 reinstalled.

After over a month I finally got it working properly only after complete reformat and entirely clean installation using the original 7 disc.

With news of 7 support ending I hope to 'retroactively qualify' for my 'documented previously accepted' upgrade to 10. For reference, I had tried to do the "free" upgrade again after the drive replacement, but that offer had expired by then. At least there will be a record of that particular laptop id having been upgraded previously.

Anyone else having gone through similar experience and attempt?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2019   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Create a Microsoft ID, (MSID), basically an Email address at, and log into windows 10 using the MSID and associate the activation held on the MS servers with the MSID. this will allow you to access the activation should anything go wrong in the future. it will also allow you to keep the activation if you ever need to swap out a motherboard or purchase a New system
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Apr 2019   #3
New 2 7

7 HomePrem x64, fresh install using DVD along w/ new Hard drive

My word, that was quick - and succinct! Thanks. I'll give it a go as laid out and report back.
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