Windows 10: Can't reinstall Windows 10, no media, digital license

Discus and support Can't reinstall Windows 10, no media, digital license in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; My Window 10 was acting "flaky" and I tried to do a full reinstall but it got partway through and crashed, lost bootmgr. The PC was purchased from... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by WinFarmer, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. WinFarmer Win User

    Can't reinstall Windows 10, no media, digital license


    My Window 10 was acting "flaky" and I tried to do a full reinstall but it got partway through and crashed, lost bootmgr.


    The PC was purchased from an IT guy, he'd done the free upgrade up to the point of activation, we finished it and everything worked fine. Was able to activate just fine. When I tried to download an ISO I wasn't able to create the media, apparently because it had the digital key. A couple months later the system grew unstable. Long story short, when I went to do a clean install it crashed hard and bootmgr was gone. I have no media, no way to start the system, it's altogether dead except for the "missing bootmgr" error. So now I have a boat anchor on the desk.

    In desperation, I bought an OEM disk but I see that things aren't as simple as they used to be. I'll be returning it and if I have to I'll get the consumer version but I'm pretty ticked that there's no way to redo my original install and I have to spend the money. Is there any possible way that I can get reinstall media without paying for a whole new OS?

    :)
     
    WinFarmer, Jul 10, 2019
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  2. Digital license

    Thats how licensing works with Windows 10, the digital license is attached to your Microsoft Account and makes it easy to reactivate Windows 10 in the event you reinstall it.

    Learn more:

     
    Andre Da Costa, Jul 10, 2019
    #2
  3. digital license

    Windows 10 Digital License

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft
    Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have
    a key and Do this later.

    There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already own to
    reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

    Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

    Reinstall by Performing a Direct Clean Install

    If Windows 10 was already installed and activated on your system, just proceed to perform a direct clean install as described in the following articles.

    Step 1: How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Step 2:

     
    Andre Da Costa, Jul 10, 2019
    #3
  4. Can't reinstall Windows 10, no media, digital license

    Digital License

    Windows 10 Digital License

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft
    Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have
    a key and Do this later.

    There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already own to
    reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

    Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

    Reinstall by Performing a Direct Clean Install

    If Windows 10 was already installed and activated on your system, just proceed to perform a direct clean install as described in the following articles.

    Step 1: How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Step 2:

     
    Andre Da Costa, Jul 10, 2019
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