Windows 7 Pro migration to Windows 10 Pro


One would seem to think that Microsoft would have made life a little easier for their licencing of windows.  Clearly not.

I have been in contact with a number of suppliers regarding upgrading our Windows 7 Pro licences to Windows 10.  

Our preference is OLP.

So, I have had pricing for Windows 10 Pro licences via OLP (full product) and (upgrades).  I have also now just been told we can upgrade windows 7 to 10 for free as we have windows 7 pro olp licences.  

Is this really true and if so how does one go about licencing it (KMS/MAK), sourcing the media, using correct image/cd correctly etc etc/..

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Kms and mak could only be used if you have active software assurance contracts for windows. If not, you can script-upgrade all PCs (no keys are needed).
CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
well we are using MAK for our non software assurance licences...
MAK are not available unless it's a software assurance contract - am I mistaken?
Anyway, you'll be able to use the upgrade for free.
You can download an ISO, place it on a share and use a script to mount it and start setup unattended like this:
setup.exe /auto upgrade
Your current license keys will be transformed into a generic key but they will be activated and those machines will activate windows 10 without even using a key in case you need to reinstall. Internet access needed in the process, of course.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
Hmm, well were using MAK and OEM keys on VAMT.
We plan to deploy the new windows 10 image with our internal applications etc, so can we still do this wil the free upgrade (as were not actually upgrading in place)?
Win10 setup will accept your keys (all win7 or 8.1 keys). So you can install clean skipping the key and later script-input the key and activate 10. You could also do a scripted upgrade from your current state using a parameter that tells setup to keep nothing (install clean):
setup.exe /auto clean

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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
We use WDS so it will wipe the current OS on the HDD.
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
I guess I answered it with all my comments.
CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
we will try and upgrade using the win7 MAK keys then anf upgrade for free.
CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
Are we limited to free upgrade till July (ive been told this)?
29th of july for non-volume licenses. Volume licenses however can be upgraded for free as long as your contracts are not expired.
CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
Is it any OL agreement or the Windows 7 specific?
Software assurance let's you use the newest version, no matter what you bought it for - as long as it's still an active contract.
CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
we dont have that.  so we have till july... grr.
Ok, so do you have remaining questions?
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