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How do I do a fresh install of Windows 10 if it is a free upgrade from Windows 8/8.1?

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I am thinking about replacing my HDD with an SSD on my laptop. However, it is running an upgraded version of Windows. Rather than cloning, what can I do to get a fresh install of Windows 10?
post #2 of 20
Use PRODUKEY to pull your Windows 10 key. I've done it plenty of times on upgraded machines that need a reinstall.
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So all I need to do is get a USB with Windows 10. When prompt, I should use the key from PRODUKEY?
post #4 of 20
If Windows 10 was already running on the PC, then you don't need to do anything. Just clean install Windows 10 (make sure it's the same version you were using before) and skip the product key. It will automatically activate as soon as you connect to the internet. You do not need to enter a key if a Windows 10 upgrade has already been activated on the PC.
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Digital Entitlement: This new method of activation in Windows 10 ties your product key to your hardware, meaning once you’ve upgraded from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10, you will no longer have to input your product key each time you wish to install Windows 10.
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What everyone else said ^ since it the same laptop just with a different storage device, it will activate automatically.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zarotu View Post

So all I need to do is get a USB with Windows 10. When prompt, I should use the key from PRODUKEY?

Yes, you can download Windows 10 from here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Magic jelly bean can also be used to find your key(s) https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
post #8 of 20
If I remember correctly, Windows 10 upgrade installations will all be using the same generic key, so extracting it is pointless. Your key will be TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99 (Home) or VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T (Pro), and you don't need to enter it if you reinstall Windows.
Edited by Oubadah - 4/14/17 at 4:22pm
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post #9 of 20
Just did the same thing myself on the wifes computer.
I copied the cdkey out of the system info and installed from bootable USB since some instructions said that would work.

Only problem is now it has the nag saying windows isnt validated. The error code it gives me for validating is for "Changed hardware".
Few forums online recommended contacting MS and they would fix the error but they got back to me to say that the upgrade version you cant change your mobo,cpu or OS hdd with out having to buy a new key.
The nag doesnt seem to stop windows in anyway so if she can put up with it ill leave the SSD in other wise ill swap the normal hdd back for her.
post #10 of 20
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Sounds great! Thank you all for your help!
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Originally Posted by bmgjet View Post

Just did the same thing myself on the wifes computer.
I copied the cdkey out of the system info and installed from bootable USB since some instructions said that would work.

Only problem is now it has the nag saying windows isnt validated. The error code it gives me for validating is for "Changed hardware".
Few forums online recommended contacting MS and they would fix the error but they got back to me to say that the upgrade version you cant change your mobo,cpu or OS hdd with out having to buy a new key.
The nag doesnt seem to stop windows in anyway so if she can put up with it ill leave the SSD in other wise ill swap the normal hdd back for her.

Have you managed to fix this? I am planning on following Oubadah's advice and skipping everything involving the key.
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