Windows 10: Win10 reinstallation on a machine originally shipped with 8.1

Discus and support Win10 reinstallation on a machine originally shipped with 8.1 in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi all, Apologies if this is a common/already answered question.. My laptop was shipped with Windows 8.1 from new. I then took advantage of the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Edward011778, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Win10 reinstallation on a machine originally shipped with 8.1


    Hi all,


    Apologies if this is a common/already answered question..


    My laptop was shipped with Windows 8.1 from new. I then took advantage of the free Win 10 upgrade, so I currently have Win 10 Home. However I would like to re-install the OS as a fresh install to speed up/de-clutter the system.


    My question is, can I freshly install Windows 10 Home with my existing serial key/activation status, or do I need to purchase a new copy/license because the key stored in the BIOS relates to Windows 8.1? Will I be able to install a fresh copy from scratch even though my current install is an upgrade?

    Settings\Update & Security reports 'Edition - Windows 10 Home' and 'Activation - Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft Account'. I assume this means I can re-install with my existing serial key, but don't want to find out the hard way that I can't...


    As a secondary query - ProduKey is showing a Windows key stored in the BIOS and a second Windows 10 key. I'm guessing I would want to use the latter if/when re-installing Win 10 Home?


    Win10 reinstallation on a machine originally shipped with 8.1 e5c5c944-849e-4583-8507-802c1b7492f1?upload=true.jpg


    Any & all help very much appreciated!


    Edward

    :)
     
    Edward011778, Jun 25, 2019
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  2. Recover a Win10 machine

    You can just download, create a bootable copy of the edition of Windows 10 were originally running then perform a direct clean install.

    Step 1: How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Step 2:


    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 ownto reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.
     
    Andre Da Costa, Jun 25, 2019
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    Would you by chance have a link to a page that has step by step instructions that details what you suggested above?

    Thank you
     
    ChristmasPi, Jun 25, 2019
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  4. 3Colors Win User

    Win10 reinstallation on a machine originally shipped with 8.1

    Windows Updated(16299.309).KB4088776 Restart is required to complete.


    Hi dalchina. Good news, I followed your suggestion and reinstalled the update and now it appears as "installed correctly" *Biggrin Maybe it was not necessary to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter or maybe if necessary. But using it I do not think it could have worsened something. The installation was very fast, unlike the first time it showed step 1 and step 2 completed.

    Thanks for the suggestions and for the time to respond Win10 reinstallation on a machine originally shipped with 8.1 :) Best regards.


    And thanks for the tip of that program, I'll have it on my list.
     
    3Colors, Jun 25, 2019
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