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Windows 10 Crashed. Had to do a Factory Reset. Now Win 8. Help


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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 09:36 AM

Can I use a Windows 10 Pro download that I have to just install Windows 10 Pro.  I've read that the activation code is retained in upper memory and that I could do a install without having to do all the updates for Windows 8 and then Windows 8.1.

 

Let me know if I am on the right track.

 

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 10:01 AM

The activation of Windows 10 is stored on Microsoft servers so in answer to your question you can do a clean install using your Windows 10 Pro media without first installing Windows 8 or 8.1. If your Windows 8 or 8.1 install was Pro then you can do this. If your Windows 10 install was not Pro you cannot download and install Pro without first paying for a Pro license.



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 11:11 AM

Yes, you are on the right track.

 

Since you said you had Windows 10 Pro, and I am going to presume that you installed this via the upgrade process (whether GWX or Media Creation Tool), that means that you had to have had Windows 8/8.1 Pro as your underlying base OS prior to the upgrade.

 

You should be able to download the latest Win10 ISO using the Media Creation Tool or Tech Bench and run a clean install of Windows 10.  As John has already mentioned your license for Windows 10 for a given piece of hardware is stored on Microsoft servers and you are entitled to reinstall a clean copy at any point in time if you have an existing license.  You will probably not even be asked about licensing if the installer queries the servers first, and I believe it does.


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 12:47 PM

Thanks for the information.  Only problem I have now is that I do have a Windows 10 pro installation but to install I guess I will have to download an ISO and that save it to a USB external drive.  From there I should be able to install.

 

Thanks for the information.  I thought I was right and appreciate your confirmation.



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:29 PM

You can get your iso here.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/






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