Can I use my old 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 retail key on a clean installed 64-bit W10 on a brand new drive?

Ant 1 Reputation point
2021-05-17T20:20:39.587+00:00

Or does it really require an upgrade over the installed 64-bit W7 HPE SP1? I would like to start clean on a new drive without going through extra tedious steps.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering soon. :)

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-05-17T20:31:04.847+00:00

    If you upgraded to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you should have a digital license instead of a product key. During reinstallation, if you’re asked to enter a product key, you can skip this step. Windows 10 will automatically activate online after the installation is complete.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activate-windows-10-c39005d4-95ee-b91e-b399-2820fda32227

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  2. Teemo Tang 11,296 Reputation points
    2021-05-18T02:10:53.643+00:00

    The free upgrade offer is technically over, if your device ever upgrade to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7, it has a digital license which can activate Windows 10 online after reinstall.
    Besides, I hear that users can Still Get Windows 10 activation for Free With a Windows 7 Key. When you’re asked to enter a key, enter the Windows 7 key. The installer will accept this key and the installation process will continue normally.

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  3. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-05-20T12:37:41.363+00:00

    Just checking if there's any progress or updates?

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