Installation :: Windows 7 Key Invalid For Setup?

Jul 31, 2015

I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 and activated the key, then i installed all of the latest updates. I then downloaded the media creation tool x64 to install windows 10 and when I get to the key activation my key doesn't work.

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