Dumb me, I forgot that there was an original Lenovo recovery partition. I ran it and it loaded W8 on the computer. Now I am removing the bloatwear and I think I have to update to 8.1 and then can I use the media creation tool to upgrade to W10?
To verify activation before a clean install, from a command prompt type slmgr /dlv
You should see license information via the retail channel and no information about expiration.
Then type slmgr /xpr
That should say "This machine is permanently activated"
If you get those results in Windows 10 that is as safe as you can be to clean install Windows 10 on the same computer.
Thanks, doing the W8.1 update now.