Windows 10: Win10 free upgrade after reformatting

Discus and support Win10 free upgrade after reformatting in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; EDIT: For future reference, when resetting (reformat) your windows 10 PC, you won't need to reinstall your OS. I'm not sure if its the same thing for... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Oniisan, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. Oniisan Win User

    Win10 free upgrade after reformatting


    EDIT: For future reference, when resetting (reformat) your windows 10 PC, you won't need to reinstall your OS. I'm not sure if its the same thing for when you completely wipe your PC though. [How to Reset Your Windows 10 PC]

    We've only bought the Win8 disk and got the Win 10 free upgrade when it was given out. After formatting, will we still be able to upgrade to win10 for free or do we have to buy it after?

    :)
     
    Oniisan, Feb 5, 2017
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  2. Eureka!!! Win User

    Win10 re-update after clean install of Win7

    I upgraded to Win10 during the free upgrade year. Recently though, I was having HD performance issues that a Win10 reset didn't fix so I reformatted my HD and reinstalled Win7 Pro from the disc that came with my PC. Now it's well past the free upgrade
    period, but this computer is already a registered Win10 device. How do I get the Win10 installation back again?
     
    Eureka!!!, Feb 5, 2017
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  3. how to restore free upgrade win10

    my os was reverted back to windows 8 after my laptop was reformatted by customer service. How can I return it back to windows 10?

    I bought my laptop 3 years ago initially it had windows 8 then 8.1 then I upgraded it for free to Win10.

    please help how to restore it since the free upgrade is not available anymore
     
    reubencabrera, Feb 5, 2017
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  4. jimbo45 Win User

    Win10 free upgrade after reformatting

    Hi there
    It should still work -- after installing W10 simply enter the W8 key.
    You only need to do that once as after that a digital entitlement will be created on the Ms servers.

    Note the upgrade was working YESTERDAY (sun 5 Feb) -- how long this continues working for we've no idea but I should try and activate ASAP in case this method stops working !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Feb 5, 2017
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  5. NavyLCDR New Member
    You don't need to upgrade again, you can re-install Windows 10 by itself and it will activate - so long as you install the same version of Windows 10 you had on the computer before.
     
    NavyLCDR, Feb 5, 2017
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  6. jimbo45 Win User
    Hi there

    also if you got the free upgrade but didn't apply it (i.e you haven't installed W10 on that machine) then an INITIAL clean install will still work using the W8 key

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Feb 5, 2017
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  7. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and see what it says. Take not of the Edition, and if it says activated with a digital License. If it says activated with a digital license you can clean install that same edition, skip entering a key, and it will activate with the digital license. It's just that easy. *Wink
     
    alphanumeric, Apr 5, 2018
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