John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
(Top Gun)
11/29/15 10:54 PM
Re: We are the Borg

Be aware of the lineage of your Windows license when you upgrade, especially if you want to get tricky.

I wanted to upgrade a Virtual Machine from 32-bit Windows 7 to 64-bit Windows 10. The way you do that is to upgrade from 32-bit Windows 7 to 32-bit Windows 10, then, after the machine is seen to be validated as GEN-U-WINE by Microsoft, you save the new license number, then do a clean installation of Windows 10 64-bit.


I did all that. It worked fine for a few days, then it started to complain that the license key was blocked. A little digging indicated that the only way to -TRY- to correct the issue was to re-run the whole sequence back from a 32-bit Windows 7 installation.

I gave up. I don't need a Windows VM on that machine that badly.

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