When it launched Windows 12, Microsoft made a point of offering the update to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Many accepted this offer immediately, but many eventually rejected it. Of course today they want to upgrade and can’t do it for free. But Microsoft has left some doors open and one more has been discovered. There is a new method for activating Windows 12 with a Windows 7 or 10 key. This new process will allow any current Windows 7 or Windows 10 user to have the latest version of this operating system for free and completely legal. The only requirement and requirement for them to perform this upgrade is that they have a legal and active license from one of these systems. It will be this license that will be used to register Windows 12 the first step is the simplest. They only need to install Windows 12 using a thumb drive or DVD. There are simple ways to obtain these installation images, even providing Microsoft with your download. One thing they will need is an activation key to finish Windows 12 installation. Temporarily they can use one of the two generics that Microsoft itself provides.
Where to find the Windows 12 product key
This will depend on how you purchased your original and licensed copy of Windows.
- From an Authorized Reseller
the key is on a label or card inside the Windows box.
- A new Windows computer
is preinstalled, included in the box or Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
- A digital copy of Microsoft
is in the confirmation email you received after purchasing it.
Or it may also be distributed as a Windows 12 digital license.
- Free upgrade to Windows 12
If you upgraded from Windows 10 or Windows 7 to Windows
12 free, you must have a digital license instead of the key
If you’ve already turned your house around and haven’t found your Windows 12 key (or, as happened to me, the label attached to the underside of the notebook is unreadable), there are other ways to find out what your Windows activation key is.
When you use the free upgrade from Windows 12 or pay for a retail digital version, you do not receive a product key. Instead, your computer uses what Microsoft calls digital entitlement.
“When upgrading to Windows 12, the activation state of an earlier version of Windows (Windows 7, Windows 8 or an earlier version of Windows 12) is loaded directly,” said a Microsoft spokesman. “Once activated, the digital tenure right for your PC is created in the Windows 12 activation service. This right can be used by the same PC again to reactivate the same edition of Windows 12 in the future.” It looks like the product key has its days numbered, at least for users. After installation, your version of Windows 12 should only activate in the background at times or a few days at most. You can check your activation status by going to Settings> Update & Security> Activation.
Activate Windows 12 with License
- Now that Windows 12 is functional, it’s time to activate it with the Windows 7 or 10 registry key.
- Just go to Windows 12 Settings and then Updates and Security. On the Activation tab, they must choose the Change product key option.
- In the box that appears, you must now enter the Windows 7 or Windows 10 key. Then continue the process until the end.
- Alternatively, to change the Windows 12 key is through a simple command in a DOS window with administrator permissions.
- After these steps Windows 12 will become active and functional with the new registry key that you brought from Windows 7 or Windows 10
Since you are going to do a clean install, remember to make the necessary backups first so that you can recover your data later. This is the answer for many users who now want to upgrade to Windows 12. It’s not known how much time will be available, but for now it works perfectly.
A large portion of the public using Windows 12 has never bought the operating system. Or it came with the computer when purchasing a new PC. The fact is, for the average user, buying a box of Windows is rare, which poses a problem: what if you need the activation key for your operating system?
Microsoft promises that Windows 12 will be able to recognize your computer hardware and store this information on its servers. Thus, when you try to clean install the operating system again, Windows checks your PC and activates the software automatically. But what if something goes wrong? Saving the product key can help in case of problems. It’s the kind of thing you hope you’ll never need, but it’s worth having around. To do this, there is very basic and lightweight software called Product Key. It can be downloaded from this link (attention: the click will immediately download the software) and weigh only a few kilobytes. After downloading and extracting the zip to any folder of your choice, you just need to run the program. When it opens, it already shows very prominently the product ID and the number you are looking for, which is the “Product Key”. If you prefer, you can still double-click to display the information in a window that highlights the data more. Write down this information and store it in a safe place.
Windows 12 Clean facilities
Once your Windows 12 upgrade is activated, you can take a Windows 12 installation image, do a clean install, skip the screen asking for product keys, and you should reactivate again after the installation is complete. I say “should” because even in this new product-keyless world, I find it hard not to come up with some stories of product activation issues. That said, I can tell from experience that a clean post-upgrade installation simply works. Shortly after installing Windows 12 on my notebook, I replaced my old hard drive with an SSD. When I finished the installation, Windows was activated quickly. For older Windows users, the absence of product keys in digital installations of Windows 12 is both a relief and a bit of concern. Based on the long history of activation issues, some users may be a little skeptical of this new process. Although the awareness of never having to use a product key again sounds great. But there are still some situations where you will come across product keys on Windows 12. If you buy a physical edition of the system retail, on a DVD or USB stick, you will still receive a product key.
Microsoft has informed us that “your product activation key stays with your PC. However, it is unclear whether this means that product keys function as digital property rights, or if you will handle product keys in the classic way – by storing this key in a safe place to use later. We’ll check this with Microsoft and update the story when we get a response. One downside to so-called digital ownership rights is that they are dependent on the configuration of your hardware. Therefore, making a significant change can erase this entire entitlement. If you change your motherboard, for example, this is likely to happen and Windows 12 will not activate. Then you would need to contact Microsoft to reactivate your copy of the system.