Updating m1710 to vista 64 bit
For those running Windows Vista, on a system without a SLIC Version of 2.1, it is possible to download a Windows 10 and install with a local account, without a Product Key. During setup select “I Don’t Have a Product Key”: Then select the Edition of Windows you want to install (Windows 10 Home recommended): During the Account setup, select “Offline Account”: Select “No” when asked to sign in with Microsoft: Enter your username and then select next: Enter your password and then select next or alternatively leave the password field blank and select next: Decline Cortana: Select No at Activity History (it likely won’t work with Windows 10 Unlicensed): Select “Don’t use online speech recognition”: Select “No” for location: Select “No” at find my Device: Select Basic Diagnostics: Select No to improve typing: Select “No” for diagnostic data: Select “No” for the Advertising ID: When Windows 10 is unlicensed, you will get a watermark below settings: Some of the personalisation settings will be greyed out but this is minor and the default user interface will still be superior to Windows Vista: The bottom right hand corner of your Windows 10 will be watermarked: Otherwise you will be able to install programs, have full Windows 10 functionality and updates.
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I focus primarily on systems shipped with Windows Vista OEM and secondary with systems shipped with Windows XP OEM.
This guide can also be used on VMs as discussed here.
and both Operating Systems are more or less at End of Life.
The Windows Insider Build 10130 was the last Windows Insider Build to utilise a generic product key for Microsoft Product Activation.