Windows 10: How to get Windows 10 again if HD crashes free from Microsoft

Discus and support How to get Windows 10 again if HD crashes free from Microsoft in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Have a dell computer with a 500gb HD. The hard drive has win 10 installed which is the free up grade from Microsoft. The hard drive is making strange... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by lowell12, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. lowell12 Win User

    How to get Windows 10 again if HD crashes free from Microsoft


    Have a dell computer with a 500gb HD. The hard drive has win 10 installed which is the free up grade from Microsoft. The hard drive is making strange sounds. I feel the drive is going bad. I have purchased a new drive and want to put the free Microsoft win 10 on the new drive. Do I need a back up of the current drive? I really want a clean install? Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks .

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    lowell12, Jan 14, 2016
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  2. Windows Pro 7 to Windows 10 success, then months later crash. Won't recognize the old Win 7 Key. What to do.

    Success on free upgrade to Win 10 from Win 7 Pro. Then HD crash. Changed HD and reinstalled Win 10 but will not recognize the Key used for original 7 that was stuck on the bottom of a used PC friend bought. How do I fix this problem. Friend had Win 10
    but I can't get it back for her? Do I have to go back to Win 7 and forget Win 10? Thanks, Pat
     
    PatrickLong_487, Jan 14, 2016
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  3. I bought new Dell Lattitude with Windows 8, got forced Windows 10 upgrade, have receipt for laptop purchase, but now has no ACTIVATION?

    How can I get activation key?

    But HD crashed after Windows 10 forced Update, had to buy new HD, they installed Windows 10 on it as well but they didn't have Activation Key obviously.

    Do I have to pay? I already bought the Dell with Windows 8 on it. Windows 10 probably caused the HD to crash anyways!!!

    {Removed details of sale and serial numbers}

    What do I do?
     
    JakeBenjamin, Jan 14, 2016
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    How to get Windows 10 again if HD crashes free from Microsoft

    Brink, Jan 14, 2016
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  5. lowell12 Win User
    Hello Brick,

    Thank you for welcoming me to Windows 10 forum. I tried your first suggestion Windows 10 ISO download with my old hard drive still in my desktop. I assume I was to keep the old hard in my unit to get the download? I finally put the new hard drive in my unit and used the dvd disk I made from the download and win 10 started to install. Everything went well until it was time to put the product key number in?? I had no idea what the product key number was? So I thought, I would install my legal copy of Win 8.1 pro on the new hard drive activate and then I could get the free Win 10 Pro. Installed 8.1 pro and my product key would not work. I could not activate my 8.1 Pro on line or by phone?? Called Microsoft and they told me that my 8.1 product key is blocked? I got no further information from Microsoft other then take my legal copy of win 8.1 pro back to the store (Walmart where I brought it two years ago) and get another copy?? I don't understand this blocked situation?

    I hope I explained this situation well enough for you to understand..Thank you
     
    lowell12, Jan 25, 2016
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  6. Brink
    Brink New Member
    A key can be blocked for several reasons, but usually because it's been abused. If it had been posted in a public forum, that would get it blocked real quick.

    I'm not sure what else you'll be able to do other than purchase a new copy. *Sad
     
    Brink, Jan 25, 2016
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  7. If you still can, there is SW that enables you to clone your disc. I did this when changing to a Samsung SSD to speed up my computer and Samsung supplied the cloning SW. No key entry was required. I hope this helps.
     
    DaveCheltenham, Jan 25, 2016
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  8. cereberus Win User

    How to get Windows 10 again if HD crashes free from Microsoft

    You had already upgraded andinstalled windows 10 previously. You do not need to enter any key on a reinstall. Just skip

    Also, you should download latest version of iso anyway.
     
    cereberus, Jan 25, 2016
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  9. NavyLCDR New Member
    cereberus is correct. Windows 10 has been installed and activated on the computer once already as an upgrade, therefore the digital entitlement for Windows 10 is supposed to be stored on Microsoft activation servers. If you install the exact same version and edition of Windows 10 on that computer - click skip or do this later or I don't have a product key when asked for a product key. It is supposed to retrieve the digital entitlement from Microsoft activation servers and activate.

    I use the words supposed to because early on after the July rollout Microsoft had some problems with their activation servers and some digital entitlements did not get stored correctly.
     
    NavyLCDR, Apr 4, 2018
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