Windows 10 Build 10565 Lets Users Activate OS with a Prior Edition’s Product Key from
Microsoft on Monday released the latest Windows 10 preview for its Insider testers. The new build, tagged as 10565, brings improvements to the Cortana assistant, the default Edge browser, and and betas of the “universal” Skype apps for messaging, audio calling and video conferencing.
What’s more interesting is that the build 10565 has also made significant changes to how Windows 10 is activated. Gabriel Aul, engineering general manager for Microsoft’s OS group, wrote in a blog post:
“We have received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys.”
Microsoft’s Windows 10 support forum dedicated to activation, is over crowded with threads complaining about trouble activating Windows 10 outside of the OS’s new process. Not only that, many users wondered why there wasn’t a way to enter a product key from their previous edition of Windows, as had been possible with pre-10 versions.
That’s now possible thanks to build 10565. “If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10,” said Aul.
For that purpose, go to Start menu, call up Settings, then select “Update & security” and “Activation.” Once there, click the “Change product key” and it will launches an app that lets users type in the product key from their earlier edition.