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Can I re-install Windows 10 on my PC without buying a new copy of it?


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#1 Punchy71

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 11:57 AM

Hello,

      I was given a free desktop PC thats only three years old. It has Microsoft Windows 10 installed as the operating system. The owner who gave it to me said it came with Windows 8 installed and then he upgraded it to version 10 through a download from Microsofts website for free.

     The hard disk on this PC still has some of the previous owners data on it as well as settings, customizations and so forth. Whenever I get a new (or used) computer I always like to perform a clean, fresh install of the operating system, wiping the hard disk totally clean of whatever came on it other than just pure OS (without any promotional software or pre-installed bloatware or what have you.).

 

     I would kind of like to put Windows 10 back on it but I don't want to buy a new copy of Windows 10. So I'm wondering what my options are. I'm not really interested in Windows 8 but I'd go this route if I had to. I'm wondering if I can just download and re-install Windows 10 straight from Microsoft's website and do some kind of clean, fresh, install of Windows 10 directly on the PC's hard disk?...

 

 If so, I've never done anything like this before. I'm used to installing Microsoft Windows straight of a CD or DVD disc and have never done an install from a download before. So I don't know how to do that...

 

Thank you


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 12:15 PM

Is there a product key for the OS originally on the computer?  Might be needed.


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 12:19 PM

Hi,

 

You can download Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 directly from Microsoft.

 

Windows 10 should auto activate if you install the same Edition, and Windows 8.1 should activate using the key stored on the BIOS/UEFI of the machine.

 

If you decide to install Windows 8.1 make sure you select the same edition as the information on the Windows 8 COA sticked on the machine.

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- Download Windows 8.1

- Download Windows 10


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 12:32 PM

That is something I have not gotten straight in my head.  The free upgrade/date there was a OS already installed so most of the necessary programming was already there. Win 10 just added the new parts in to make it win 10.

 

If you dl a win10 iso I would think you would get the bare OS and in the process of installing it would delete 8 and 10 and reinstall 10. minus any pre-installed software?

Am I correct on this or am I way off base?


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 12:51 PM

If you dl a win10 iso I would think you would get the bare OS and in the process of installing it would delete 8 and 10 and reinstall 10. minus any pre-installed software?
Am I correct on this or am I way off base?

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/197559/how-to-install-windows-10-on-your-pc/

 

It depends of the option you select (Image 3) during the upgrade.


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 01:21 PM

A clean install or reinstall normally does away with any and all 3rd party programs, at the very least, such are disassociated, unlinked, etc.


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 01:23 PM

You have Windows 10 now and you want to do a clean install of Windows 10....right? Then you will not need to find any product key...as SleepyDude explained.

 

Easy to do that and create a bootable flash drive with 10 on it for any future need to reinstall.

 

Create a Windows 10 USB Bootable Flash Drive

 

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 01:58 PM

Why not simply do a reset install? If you don't choose to keep your files it is, for all practical intents and purposes, a full clean install of the OS.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:15 PM

Windows 10 "Reset" will perform clean installation anyway link

 

 

 

Option What it does

Keep my files

 
  • Reinstalls Windows 10 and keeps your personal files.

  • Removes apps and drivers you installed.

  • Removes changes you made to settings.

  • Removes any apps your PC manufacturer installed. (If your PC came with Windows 10, apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.)

If you not replacing hard drive you can save some hustle.



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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:16 PM

Why not simply do a reset install? If you don't choose to keep your files it is, for all practical intents and purposes, a full clean install of the OS.

Apologies the topic was not refreshed :) 



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Posted 30 November 2015 - 03:21 PM

Why not simply do a reset install? If you don't choose to keep your files it is, for all practical intents and purposes, a full clean install of the OS.

 

 

This is the fastest and easiest route to take. Make sure that the system is activated with an authentic copy of Windows 10 before you go this route. If it is not fully activated, then activate Windows 10 BEFORE the reset.


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 03:28 PM

 

Why not simply do a reset install? If you don't choose to keep your files it is, for all practical intents and purposes, a full clean install of the OS.

Apologies the topic was not refreshed :)

 

 

Bulgaristan,

 

            Not a problem.  This wouldn't be the first time that two people were suggesting (and typing) the same solution at the same time!

 

            The Reset option is something I really like about Windows 10.

 

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 06:14 AM

Just FYI - here's a great article by a friend of mine:   http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-windows_install/clean-install-windows-10/1c426bdf-79b1-4d42-be93-17378d93e587

In short, run "slmgr /xpr" (without the quotes) from an elevated (Admin) Command Prompt

If it says "permanent" then it's registered with the Microsoft servers (and you can reactivate on the same hardware when online)


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Posted 01 December 2015 - 08:42 AM

Just FYI - here's a great article by a friend of mine:   http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-windows_install/clean-install-windows-10/1c426bdf-79b1-4d42-be93-17378d93e587

In short, run "slmgr /xpr" (without the quotes) from an elevated (Admin) Command Prompt

If it says "permanent" then it's registered with the Microsoft servers (and you can reactivate on the same hardware when online)

Thank you one more time, this is amazing article.



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 08:50 AM

All you have to do is click on settings, click on update and click on activation.


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