Are we all getting the same product key?

I tried to upgrade my windows 8.1 to windows 10 yesterday but due to slow connection I could not get it to work.  Finally, I gave up and use a copy of build 10240, which was out to insiders a while ago to upgrade my OS.  It worked fined and my windows was activated. I took the product key and did a clean installation. Today, my mate did the same thing but he also go the same product key as mine, which is (VK7JG-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-3V66T). So I was wondering if this problem or our upgrade process is at fault here? Windows is working fine and there's no expiration date, though.
 

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Yes this is the generic Windows 10 Professional Key.

Your activated will be done based on your Hardware-ID. All upgraded Windows 10 machines carry the generic key

VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

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Well it really doesn't matter but I'm curious. Where did you get the "copy" of build 10240 since it was release through Windows Update for the Insiders who at the time would had to have a previous previews build installed first. There was ISO for that build that I know of. I also wonder if and when MS will invalidate that key.

Windows Changelog

Insider Preview Keys and Preview Expiration Dates

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Why would they invalidate the key? I used a genuine windows 8.1 to upgrade and I also have a genuine copy of windows 7.

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Just as the post says from the URL I mentioned, the keys used to activate the builds released to the Insiders won't keep our PCs activated after the dates outlined in the table. I performed clean installs of the preview builds except for 10240 because no ISO was made available. I received that last build by selecting the Fast Ring of Windows Updates. I also believe those on the Slow Ring received that build also.  I then activated by using the 10240 key mentioned in that table. So I and other Insiders can keep Windows 10 until that cutoff date. Which MS, I believe, didn't make clear.

The only promise MS has kept was that the Insiders would have the last build used in the RTM. So it is apparent MS expected all the Insiders to have "upgraded" officially through Windows Update or purchase a license.

The process you used sounds strange. It worked. Good for you but MS has said for the record the correct process was to "upgrade" Windows 8 and 7 through Windows Update by means of the Free Offer. In this process, no one has to enter product key information. And when performing any subsequent clean install, unless a major component change was done to the device, activation will be automatic.

If your process has given you a genuine copy of the OS then your device will boot up October 15. If not you'll be seeing warnings starting on September 17.

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Open a command prompt and enter 

slmgr /xpr

That tell's you the expriation date or if you are "Permanently Activated"

Permanently activated means your 10240 has been updated to final and you have your free Windows 10 to keep using forever.

Colin Barnhorst

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From the mouth of Microsoft concerning the correct way to "upgrade" and perform a clean install.

Free Upgrade to Windows 10

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Thanks! It's permanently activated

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Hmmm? I did not "upgrade" from a previous version of Windows. I'm just an Insider who has the final build released on the 29th by means of a clean install of preview build 10162 updated to build 10240. And at the time I updated, I think MS still referred to 10240 as a preview build.

I ran the command and it gives me the same result. MS has said that there is only one true upgrade path to Windows 10 and if its not followed, well then? So I'm not really trusting this output. MS has to come out state to people what the heck is going on. Funny, here we are debating if we have genuine installs and none of the Microsoft Support engineers who monitor these forums has jump in to comment.

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Actually, I didn't had to put a key when I first upgraded it from 8.1.  I ran the setup file from my pen drive and upgraded my OS to 10. I used ShowKeyPlus to get the product key and used it to do a  clean installation but this time It was using the bootable pen drive.

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