I upgraded to Microsoft Windows 10 Pro – Free of Charge

Microsoft has improved with activation on a technical level, but I wonder how it all works.

It’s great to be able to get licensed Window 7 OEM CoAs activated on Windows 10 simply by booting with UEFI configuration, installing, entering the key on the sticker or running the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 7. I’m not even sure whether one needs UEFI or not.

A screencap of my Windows 10 Activation on Dell Latitude E6410 on 2009 hardware.

I’ve upgraded older ASUS, Lenovo, and Dell hardware using the 25-character license key (CoA) attached to its exterior, as long as I was using the corresponding edition of Windows matching that of the sticker’s. If you have a Windows 7 Home CoA, install Windows 10 Home; If you have a Windows 7 Pro CoA, install Windows 10 Pro.

The only hardware I have not been able to activate, at all, were custom built PCs without any original OEM-supplied license key.

Overall, I like how simplified the activation process has become, but I also like not having to buy new hardware.


January 2020: Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrades

All the advice you need to make the decision to finally switch to Windows 10 is right at Microsoft’s website from the link below.


One might be inclined to upgrade their business to Windows 10 by purchasing new computers, because MSPs will likely recommend that they replace the hardware. If you want to avoid issues with aging hardware with inherited service cost, you’ll want to do your new hardware roll-out ASAP.


Consider using existing hardware with Windows 10, if your system was built between 3-6 years ago. Why not purchase a license? The new installer is super easy to use. Moderately old hardware can work great on Windows 10, if you are looking to save short-term bucks.

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At RapidEye Consulting, we try to do a lot of the general IT service work that MSPs offer to SMBs. Doing things at a smaller scale and highly customized. Help us grow into a great MSP and hire us for your next Windows 10 task list. We’re looking for steady client relationships with businesses from the Toronto area. Reach out to us for all things computer and on-site networking.

November 2018 – A cheap netbook that still feels like a laptop

Those looking for a basic, low-cost, and no-frills laptop will want to check out the ASUS VivoBook X541NA-QP2ST-CB. If you have ever tried to use an inexpensive netbook, but did not enjoy peeking into an 11″ screen, you would appreciate this machine – It boasts a 15.6″ screen.

Asus VivoBook Max X541NA-QP2ST-CB 15.6
Asus VivoBook Max X541NA-QP2ST-CB 15.6″ Touchscreen LCD Notebook – Intel Pentium N4200 Quad-core (4 Core) 1.10 GHz – 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM – 256 GB SSD – Windows 10 64-bit – 1366 x 768 – Tru2Life – Silver Gradient
Intel HD Graphics 505 DDR3 SDRAM – Bluetooth – English, French Keyboard – Front Camera/Webcam – IEEE 802.11b/g/n – Fast Ethernet – Network (RJ-45) – HDMI – 1 x USB 3.0 Ports – 1 x USB 3.1 Ports


  • Comes with a Solid-State Drive: A 256GB SSD is required if you want your cheap laptop to run optimally. Usually it’s the storage speed that will bottleneck your system – This is a great perk.
  • Power-saving CPU: The low clock rate of the CPU should result in real-life battery improvement. Since the battery is only 3-cells, the lower clock rate should help the load on the battery.
  • 15.6″ screen on netbook hardware make the machine worth purchasing. – For those who get eye-strain on 11″ screens
  • A cheap and quick replacement computer for those who need something to use immediately who do not purchase second-hand goods

  • CPU has a very low clock rate and less features than regular Core i3, i5 and i7 series chips (Still not a bad thing if you are doing basic office and media tasks)
  • Ethernet is 10/100mbps ONLY – (Low bandwidth by today’s standards, but will get your remote desktop sessions connected. Most applications will work very well except during long file transfers)
  • WiFi is standard a/g/n. ( Standard WiFi, but best internet performance will be achieved here within close signal range. Data transfers will need to be performed through here if you are in close range to your WiFi router.)

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