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    Clean Install After Upgrade - Understanding the process

    IF one has done the Upgrade to Win10 and then does a clean install sometime later...

    1. Select Custom not, Update
    2. When it asks for a Key click on (@ bottom right corner) "I don't have one" & Next. You do not enter a Key.
    3. When completed it (the OS) will show your name, BUT, it will have you as a Local Account
    4. > Settings > Accounts and change (yourself) to a/your Microsoft Account.
    5. The OS will be Activated w/out you needing to do anything.
    6. It is not an issue that a Key was not entered. Win10 recognises the hardware (where it originally was) which, is why it doesn't need a Key entered; ergo, it knows it belongs in that (same) machine. You just need to put it back to your MS Account to have everything back on track as YOU & YOUR (personal) computer & OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    IF one has done the Upgrade to Win10 and then does a clean install sometime later...

    1. Select Custom not, Update
    2. When it asks for a Key click on (@ bottom right corner) "I don't have one" & Next. You do not enter a Key.
    3. When completed it (the OS) will show your name, BUT, it will have you as a Local Account
    4. > Settings > Accounts and change (yourself) to a/your Microsoft Account.
    5. The OS will be Activated w/out you needing to do anything.
    6. It is not an issue that a Key was not entered. Win10 recognises the hardware (where it originally was) which, is why it doesn't need a Key entered; ergo, it knows it belongs in that (same) machine. You just need to put it back to your MS Account to have everything back on track as YOU & YOUR (personal) computer & OS.
    There have been reports that not specifying a key does not work in all cases. Build 10586 will accept the key from any valid verified OS.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    There have been reports that not specifying a key does not work in all cases. Build 10586 will accept the key from any valid verified OS.

    Jerry
    Not from "any" but, can use the original Key for the OS from which it was Upgraded. As, I said, I have used this process myself. And, prior, MS Tech Support confirmed no Key was to be entered and instead to follow the steps I articulated. If it does not work "in all cases", this is the 1st I, personally, have heard of that but, certainly, may be the case although, should always work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    3. When completed it (the OS) will show your name, BUT, it will have you as a Local Account
    4. > Settings > Accounts and change (yourself) to a/your Microsoft Account.
    Why can't you set it up with a Microsoft account?

    How to Clean Install Windows 10 (Step 22)

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    Because what one actually gets is a screen w/ their name & a Sign-in button. And they are in initially, @ that point, w/ a Local Account... which, as I said, they just need to simply change to their MS Account.

    That old tutorial you cite appears to be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    Because what one actually gets is a screen w/ their name & a Sign-in button. And they are in initially, @ that point, w/ a Local Account... which, as I said, they just need to simply change to their MS Account.

    That old tutorial you cite appears to be incorrect.
    This video tutorial published a couple of weeks ago shows at 5:38 that you are encouraged to sign in with a Microsoft account during installation unless you click "Skip this step":

    Windows 10 Free Upgrade & Clean Install (Complete Tutorial)

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    And instead of the expected Skip was either enter a Key or"Don't have one".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    And instead of the expected Skip was either enter a Key or"Don't have one".
    "I don't have a product key" is shown at 4:40 in that video tutorial.

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