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Product Key Retrieval


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#1 leachim

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 11:19 AM

Win 10 hard drive failure

Hoping to download Win 10 from MS again and install on a new hard drive - but windows don't put a sticker with the Product ID on the outside

How do I retrieve the ID from any files on the hard drive ( which I can read) - it has bad sectors and won't boot.

I understand you can go to a MS site and type in the Product key and download the same version...?

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:44 PM

As far as I am aware the authorisation code for Win 10 is stored on the motherboard. Essentially once you have installed Win 10 and authenticated it you can re-install it as often as you wish. I have seen one report that says there is a limit of 50 times to the 'as often as you wish' bit but not many will ever come close to that.

 

And you can replace a hard drive and re-install without any problems. There may be a problem if you have to change a mobo as MS have always considered that a new mobo equalled a new computer but at the same time they have always been fairly reasonable about accepting that mobos can fail.

 

With Win 10 you can download the ISO from MS burn it to a DVD or USB drive and install from that and authentication will be automatic.

 

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:47 PM

If you downloaded it you're OK.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:58 PM

As far as I am aware the authorisation code for Win 10 is stored on the motherboard. Essentially once you have installed Win 10 and authenticated it you can re-install it as often as you wish. I have seen one report that says there is a limit of 50 times to the 'as often as you wish' bit but not many will ever come close to that.

 

And you can replace a hard drive and re-install without any problems. There may be a problem if you have to change a mobo as MS have always considered that a new mobo equalled a new computer but at the same time they have always been fairly reasonable about accepting that mobos can fail.

 

With Win 10 you can download the ISO from MS burn it to a DVD or USB drive and install from that and authentication will be automatic.

 

Chris Cosgrove

 

Maybe I was confusing having to type the product key in on the MS site before it was downloaded for WINS 7



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 05:08 PM

 

As far as I am aware the authorisation code for Win 10 is stored on the motherboard. Essentially once you have installed Win 10 and authenticated it you can re-install it as often as you wish. I have seen one report that says there is a limit of 50 times to the 'as often as you wish' bit but not many will ever come close to that.

 

And you can replace a hard drive and re-install without any problems. There may be a problem if you have to change a mobo as MS have always considered that a new mobo equalled a new computer but at the same time they have always been fairly reasonable about accepting that mobos can fail.

 

With Win 10 you can download the ISO from MS burn it to a DVD or USB drive and install from that and authentication will be automatic.

 

Chris Cosgrove

 

Maybe I was confusing having to type the product key in on the MS site before it was downloaded for WINS 7

 

 

 

Yes Windows 10 is post-product key. No more need for a pesky product key.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 05:15 PM

@leachim,

also, while installing Windows 10, it'll ask you to type in your Product Key, you simply answer "I don't know it" ans it'll continue with the install.

Once you get the PC online, it'll auto activate with the MS servers.


Instead of reading this, why not do a backup of your PC.

You won't regret it.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:51 AM

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