Can't use OEM Win7 Key on Win10?

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kgrevemberg

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Well I'm in a pickle.

I wrote down my product Id under compuer> properties on windows 7. I then did a clean install of win10 from a usb stick. Appearently that was the wrong thing to write down.

It has a format like this XXXXX-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX

Win10 wont accept Zero's or O's in the product key slot to activate and I am assuming now that the product key and the product id are not the same thing. What a blunder lol.

Anything I can do?
 

InvalidError

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The product activation key is a string of 25 characters in groups of five:
#####-#####-#####-#####-#####

The product ID you wrote down is the activation confirmation number - the serial number for your current active install.
 

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I have the case of my original acer pc that the windows 7 was tied to. I've changed cases and a few parts since then. The case has the original product key on it but that isn't working either? Is there anything I can do?
 

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You need a pre-installed and registered copy of windows 7 to install the free windows 10 upgrade for the first time..
The installer checks the windows 7 registration and hardware id and binds the windows 10 license to the hardware.
Afterwards you can do a clean windows 10 install without entering a key.

Windows 7 keys are not compatible with windows 10..
 

k1114

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When you checked if it can be upgraded and downloaded from that pc, it checks your hardware. If it asks for a key during a clean install you can skip that step and it will auto activate once it checks your hardware after windows installed.
 

InvalidError

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The official upgrade method is to let the Get Windows X wizard upgrade your existing installation and that is supposed to take care of updating Microsoft's activation database.

You may need to reinstall and reactivate Win7, then do the upgrade from there.
 
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