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Question Where to legitimately get a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade online ?

Steltek

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Do you have a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license to upgrade? If so, the process for the prior "free" upgrade still works. Download the Windows Media Creation Tool and create an installer (you'll need a minimum 8gb flash drive). Enter the prior license code while installing, and Bob's your uncle.

You could also upgrade a non-pro installation to Win10 using the above method followed by a purchase of a Win10 Home to Win10 Pro upgrade from the Windows store.

A third option would be to purchase a Windows 10 Pro USB drive version from Amazon which would allow either an upgrade or a new install, or purchase a system builder CD/DVD from someplace like Newegg (you couldn't upgrade with it, so it would be a new install and the license wouldn't technically be legal, but it would work and activate).



https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Flash-Drive-Version/dp/B01019TDJ8/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=windows+10+upgrade+usb&qid=1573700918&sr=8-8
 

jhansman

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Not sure you can get through an install without creating an MS account. You don't have to use the account to log on to your computer, but to activate Win10 I'm pretty sure you need to create one. Can anyone verify?
 

UsandThem

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Not sure you can get through an install without creating an MS account. You don't have to use the account to log on to your computer, but to activate Win10 I'm pretty sure you need to create one. Can anyone verify?
You can install (and activate) Windows 10 without creating a MS account.

They don't make is easy anymore, and don't give an option of creating a local account if the computer is connected to the internet. Last time I installed Windows 10 a few months back, I left my LAN cable unplugged, and I was given the option of a local account.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3409788/how-microsoft-made-it-harder-to-create-windows-10-local-accounts.html
 

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