At least this situation brings out Paul Thurrott's wit:
One of the funniest episodes.
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No progress :(
I'm not sure how to proceed. Here's a summery of the situation:
I've mailed Acer as I think they hold the solution. They must have a database connecting the s/n to the Windows key.
@cbae: It's not my computer (my laptop is a Toshiba Chromebook 2, highly recommended, now more then ever because of the licensing mess), I convinced my friend I could upgrade and clean his laptop :)
BTW: That lenovo laptop is sweet!
@svelasquez123: thanks, will try that!
My last post was meant to say: "it didnt work" :)
I still need help! Meanwhile I found out that windows 10 erased my Windows.old directory, so my situation has gotten worse, no way of getting back to 7 :(
Right now: I have an unactivated windows 10 on a laptop which had windows 7 legally (same edition i think). The wonders of licensing.
Acer doesn't want to help and neither Microsoft.
@cheong:Thanks, I have tried that from the disk (with some tool) and got a number which I've found to be a generic volume license.
I installed windows 10 home on a Windows 7 home laptop thinking it should recognize the hardware and install itself fine. Wrong. It wants a key. I have none as the sticker is worn out. I only have the model number and s/n of the laptop and cannot get any reasonable help from Acer or Microsoft. HELP!
EDIT: It's an Acer Aspire 1810tz, model number: 412g25n.
Read the comments, Ballmer vs Satya.
It's fascinating to see this great beast coming crashing down (while still making $B's nonetheless)