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Fresh Windows 10 install on HP laptop

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#1 NotionCommotion


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 11:14 PM

Hello all,


My wife has a 2 year HP laptop.  It came with Windows 8.  I had an old licence of Windows 7, and installed it.  Don't know if I still have the CD, but defiantly have the PC with presumably the code with the original Windows 8 licence.


Over time, slow....


Today, she did the Windows 10 upgrade, and conditions are about the same.


Planning on reformatting the hard drive and performing a fresh install.


What are the steps to ensure I have a legal Windows licence?


Also, I am sure I could look it up, but any links to a good tutorial or advice would be appreciated.


Thank you

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 12:14 AM

Assuming the Windows 10 installation says that it is Activated, then you can simply perform your fresh installation of Win 10, and it will automagically activate when it connects to the Internet without the need for any licence key. During the upgrade a "fingerprint" of your laptop hardware was stored on the Microsoft activation servers, and so they "know" that particular laptop is licensed for the Windows 10 version that you ended up with.


The licence of whichever OS was installed when you ran the upgrade will have been converted to a Win 10 license but you have no key or anything to document that. Your licence only exists as the authorised hardware fingerprint on the MS activation servers.




Edit - Re method - use the tool from this page


to either create a bootable USB drive (if your laptop supporters boot from USB) or a DVD, and use that to start the re-installation

Edited by x64, 06 August 2015 - 12:18 AM.

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