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  1. Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #1

    How do I get the free Windows 10 back after Reformatting Computer?


    Last spring, I had Windows 10 downloaded to my computer by one of those popup windows which apparently said do u want to download updates in 10 minutes, 1 hr, or 4 hrs? While I was gone, Windows 10 downloaded to my computer and
    when I got home, I had windows 10 on my computer instead of Win 7 Pro.

    2 weeks ago, I signed on email one morning and that was all I could do. Outlook would work, but I could not access and
    websites; only Outlook. Tried several things but could never get IE, or other browsers to work. I reformatted the computer
    which took it back to Win 7 Pro. Since the deadline is past, I don't seem to be able to get win 10 back, without purchasing a DVD? Anyone have any ideas?
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  2. Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 803
    Windows 10 Home x64 (1607)
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    The install media for windows 10 is freely downloadable from Microsoft. Because you took the free upgrade you now have a digital licence recorded on Microsoft's activation severs, tied to your PC's hardware. You can do a clean install and it will activate automatically. You don't need to enter a product key, just click 'I don't have one' when asked.

    Instructions on how to get a bootable USB and how to do the clean install are in this Tutorial.
    Windows 10 - Clean Install

    If you wish, you can also use the install media to upgrade your newly restored Windows 7 to Windows 10. Again, your existing digital licence will activate Windows 10 automatically.
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  3. Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,115
    W10Prox64
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    bkbobb said: View Post
    Last spring, I had Windows 10 downloaded to my computer by one of those popup windows which apparently said do u want to download updates in 10 minutes, 1 hr, or 4 hrs? While I was gone, Windows 10 downloaded to my computer and
    when I got home, I had windows 10 on my computer instead of Win 7 Pro.
    2 weeks ago, I signed on email one morning and that was all I could do. Outlook would work, but I could not access and
    websites; only Outlook. Tried several things but could never get IE, or other browsers to work. I reformatted the computer
    which took it back to Win 7 Pro. Since the deadline is past, I don't seem to be able to get win 10 back, without purchasing a DVD? Anyone have any ideas?
    Hi bkbobb and welcome to Tenforums.
    Once a system has seen Windows 10 installed and activated, it can be reinstalled/clean installed as often as you like/need. It should activate using the digital entitlement saved on the MS servers. The activation is for the life of the device.

    In your case, I would grab the W7 key code (using ShowKeyPlus), then download Windows 10 install media and clean install Windows 10 on your system. You shouldn't have to input a key when installing; you should be able to skip that part. But, just in case, have the key written down to use if necessary.
    Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #4

    How do I get the free Windows 10 back after Reformatting Computer?


    Thank you for the information. I will try that over the weekend. When I got to typing in the key, nothing would work so
    that may have been my problem. should I back up what I have restored in win 7 pro?
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  5. Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,115
    W10Prox64
       4 Weeks Ago #5

    bkbobb said: View Post
    Thank you for the information. I will try that over the weekend. When I got to typing in the key, nothing would work so
    that may have been my problem. should I back up what I have restored in win 7 pro?
    You could make a Macrium image, so if things go sour, you can just restore the image and be right back where you started very easily.
    Macrium Reflect - Backup Restore - Windows 10 Forums
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  6. Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 626
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       4 Weeks Ago #6

    bkbobb said: View Post
    Thank you for the information. I will try that over the weekend. When I got to typing in the key, nothing would work so
    that may have been my problem. should I back up what I have restored in win 7 pro?
    Typing in the key for what ?

    You do not have to enter a key when you clean install 10, just click skip, it will auto activate when you get online.
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  7. Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #7

    If I remember correctly, I tried typing in the key for the Win 7 Pro


    AddRAM said: View Post
    Typing in the key for what ?

    You do not have to enter a key when you clean install 10, just click skip, it will auto activate when you get online.
    If I remember correctly, I tried typing in the key for the Win 7 Pro disk that I had and that's where I got hung up. Thanks for the info.
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  8. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 255
    Windows 10 Home
       4 Weeks Ago #8

    Most of us are so used to needing a Product Key, but, Windows 10 has a unique concept.
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  9. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 10
    windows 10
       4 Weeks Ago #9

    simrick said: View Post
    You could make a Macrium image, so if things go sour, you can just restore the image and be right back where you started very easily.
    Macrium Reflect - Backup Restore - Windows 10 Forums
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    I wanted to know about disk cloning lately. But never bothered about googling you just saved my Minutes

    Thanks, A Lot simrick
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  10. Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,115
    W10Prox64
       4 Weeks Ago #10

    MirnaDorris said: View Post
    I wanted to know about disk cloning lately. But never bothered about googling you just saved my Minutes

    Thanks, A Lot simrick
    Welcome!
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