Windows 10: Resetting Windows 10 and not losing my free upgrade

  1.    10 Aug 2016 #1

    Resetting Windows 10 and not losing my free upgrade


    So the time has come when the wonderful Windows 10 came to it's money taking period.
    However, I updated to windows 10 using the free upgrade available on pre-July 29. Now, if I reset it to factory settings, will I still have Windows 10 activated? Or will I have to buy it?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    10 Aug 2016 #2

    Good question.

    I want to reformat hard drive/restore to Windows 10 default out of box settings on older desktop.
    What do I get when I do this?
    Windows 10?
    Windows 7?
    Or Vista - that the computer came with?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    10 Aug 2016 #3

    Hey,

    you can make a Windows 10 boot disk to make a clean install. I reinstalled Win10 clean on my new SSD only last week and there was no issue., The activation happens on the first Windows boot. As long as your motherboard is the same there should be no issue
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    10 Aug 2016 #4

    AbAppletic said: View Post
    So the time has come when the wonderful Windows 10 came to it's money taking period.
    However, I updated to windows 10 using the free upgrade available on pre-July 29. Now, if I reset it to factory settings, will I still have Windows 10 activated? Or will I have to buy it?
    No - you can reinstall at any time in future free of charge on same pc, as you now have a digital licence tied to mobo id. You do not even need to enter a key.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    10 Aug 2016 #5

    songkrai said: View Post
    Good question.

    I want to reformat hard drive/restore to Windows 10 default out of box settings on older desktop.
    What do I get when I do this?
    Windows 10?
    Windows 7?
    Or Vista - that the computer came with?
    If PC was updated to windows 10 and activated before, any future reinstall of windows 10 on same hardware will be free and will activate automatically when you connect to internet if windows 10 install asks for key you can just click i don't have key.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    10 Aug 2016 #6

    If you go to:
    Settings -> Update & security -> Recovery
    and then select Reset this PC. This wont deactivate Windows.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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