Re download Windows 10

May 7, 2020 at 01:45:43
Specs: Windows 10, 4GB
I have a little bit of a predicament. My computer has died on me resulting in me getting a new CPU and a new motherboard the question is where do I get Windows 10 operating systems from I originally had it on my C drive but I am also now getting a new SSD drive which will be my main boot up. I got Windows 10 when Microsoft first released it as a free download. I can't remember how I activated it and Microsoft seem to have no recollection of it.
I made a Windows 10 recovery disk but guess that is no good now as it is registered to my old motherboard any ideas would be greatly appreciated

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#1
May 7, 2020 at 02:06:42
You download it from MS, Install & it will ask for a product number, hit skip & it will probably automatically activate at the end of the install.
If it doesn't, you add it then.

Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, or The Update Assistant can help you update to the latest version of Windows 10.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/sof...
https://windows.microsoft.com/en-us...
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/wind...
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials...


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#2
May 7, 2020 at 02:22:24
If it doesn't then you add what?
That is my point can't remember how I activated it originally don't have a code

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#3
May 7, 2020 at 04:58:37
"If it doesn't then you add what?"
Your product number which you say you don't have, so go ahead with the install & see what happens.

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#4
May 7, 2020 at 05:06:59
Since you are replacing the motherboard, CPU and harddrive its a good chance that your PC wont activate windows automatically. You can find the windows activation key on the backside of your PC, or on the windows install CD you got when you bought it.

You can still use windows if you dont activate it, but you will get that annoying text in the bottom right corner of the screen though. If your windows was connected with an email account, you can probably contact microsoft and provide your info and ask if they can send you the activation key.


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#5
May 7, 2020 at 06:29:16
If you have access to another computer, perhaps you can attach your C: to it via usb and “possibly” something like Belarc Advisor, Sisandrasoft, or Key finder “may” be able to scan that drive and bring out all assorted software keys on it.

These utilities are safe to run, and all three are often suggested here at CN.


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#6
May 7, 2020 at 09:59:40
Thanks. I can link up my old C drive via my sons laptop.What folders and files am I looking for.

So to recap I will download a new version of Windows 10 to my new ssd drive then what.
Or am I missing something here


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#7
May 7, 2020 at 10:30:58
You install one of the application/utilities I suggest; I'd start with Belarc as it's the one I've used the most often and found it did what I needed at the time.

You can test it out first by scanning the host laptop with the utility; and see what it coughs up - which will be a list of just about everything in that laptop...

It offers to save the info - which I usually do.

Once you have an idea of how it works... rerun selecting the usb attached drive; which as best I know it will find/allow. Though never having scanned an external drive for the information on it via Belarc etc., I can't speak from experience there.


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#8
May 7, 2020 at 11:14:10
This should get the product key from the HDD:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/produc...

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#9
May 7, 2020 at 11:53:14
That's another nice useful addition to the group of utilities of similar mind.

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#10
May 7, 2020 at 15:58:26
MS is very generous with W10, often it will install a product key, even when the motherboard has been replaced.

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#11
May 7, 2020 at 21:40:33
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is a download which is an ISO image, this is burned onto a DVD or empty flash drive then you boot to it and install on your new drive. Make sure that all other hard drives and SSD drives are disconnected during the install as this causes problems in the install and especially later.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
May 8, 2020 at 01:44:27
Not sure if this is any help to me. When my old computer was working fine I made a Windows 10 re covery dvd. Can this be used with my blank new SSD i any way?

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#13
May 8, 2020 at 03:07:12
"Can this be used with my blank new SSD i any way?"

Give it a try.

How to Revive Windows 10 With a Recovery Drive
https://au.pcmag.com/how-to/57463/h...


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#14
May 8, 2020 at 03:15:21
Are you able to clone the original drive to the new SSD?

I’m thinking that there may be a way to run a repair installation on the cloned SSD, and then be able to reregister/re-activate win-10 that way?


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#15
May 8, 2020 at 03:28:48
Well I bought new ssd drive to put operating system on. My old c drive will be in computer as well. What do I do as a start to inform bios what to boot up from
Want to eventually have op system on ssd

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#16
May 8, 2020 at 03:55:16
how tp change the boot order
https://bit.ly/2SOuGX8

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#17
May 8, 2020 at 04:12:24
Incidentally re' possible cloning... Most drives arrive either with a clone app. included, or you can go the website for the drive and get one there. Usually it's a cut down version of big name clone/backup utility - e.g. Acronis or Easus?

The clone is conventionally made with the old drive in its original home and the new drive connected via USB (typically with a laptop) - or... if a desktop system, then it can also be with the new drive installed internally.


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