Clean Install Windows 10 Pro ver. 1809


  1. Posts : 127
    Windows 10 Professional 64X
       #1

    Clean Install Windows 10 Pro ver. 1809


    I have a question to ask before I go further to have clean install on my desktop. Yes I know that I should have a full back up copy of the main drive but what program will do to get all the files together something like Norton Ghost or other program. My question is that after the clean install of Windows 10 Pro do I have to activate the serial number or have to purchase one or already there in my previous version. So I can go over to Settings > System > About and see my Product ID for my desktop. Is that the one I should write down before go ahead to do clean install of Windows 10 Pro. Yes I do have the DVD disk of Windows 10 ver. 1809 from download.

    Your help would be appreciated about this.


    John
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  2. Posts : 34,871
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    If Win 10 has been installed then reinstalling the same Win 10 product should be automatically activated.

    Please search the forum for Macrium Reflect (free) for disk imaging.
    You will find thousands of references...

    You can and almost certainly should image any drive/partition you use- not just the one with Windows on it. Any drive can fail.
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  3. Posts : 24,505
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    imcanadian said:
    ...after the clean install of Windows 10 Pro do I have to activate the serial number or have to purchase one or already there in my previous version...
    As Dalchina says, once you have had windows 10 Pro running and activated on a PC you can clean install without needing a key. Your PC has a digital licence for W10 Pro on Microsoft's activation servers and will activate from this.

    If this is the HP Omen 870-119 in your specs, then HP's specs say this was originally supplied with Windows 10 Home pre-installed. Did you by Pro and upgrade it? Or did you buy it with Pro installed by HP as an option? This may make a difference when you come to do the clean install.

    On a PC built for and supplied with Windows 10 there will be a Windows 10 product key embedded in the firmware. On a clean install Setup will read this key and install the edition the key applies to, Home or Pro, without giving you the option to choose which to install. If this machine was supplied with Home then a clean install will install Home.

    Don't worry, once Home is installed it can be upgraded to Pro simply by changing the product key to the generic Windows 10 Pro key providing that you have a digital licence for Pro on the activation servers. Before you do the clean install check in Settings > Update & Security > Activation that it says 'Windows is activated with a digital licence...'.


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    Generic Product Keys to Install Windows 10 Editions | Windows 10 Tutorials

    You can change the product key in Settings...

    Change Product Key in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 127
    Windows 10 Professional 64X
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Bree -- Yes I upgraded the operating system to Windows 10 Professional from Windows 10 Home. I just checked to see if Windows is activated with a digital licence for the operating system of Windows 10 Pro in Activation. So should I copy my activation key before doing the clean install. Let me know about this.

    John
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 24,505
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    imcanadian said:
    Bree -- Yes I upgraded the operating system to Windows 10 Professional from Windows 10 Home. I just checked to see if Windows is activated with a digital licence for the operating system of Windows 10 Pro in Activation. So should I copy my activation key before doing the clean install. Let me know about this.
    If Settings says your Pro is 'activated with a digital licence...' then there is a digital licence for Pro linked to the hardware ID of this PC and stored on Microsoft's activation servers. You will also have a digital licence for Home as that was what was originally running on this PC.

    You should keep the key you used to install Pro just in case you ever need to install it on another PC should this one die, but you don't need it to reinstall Pro on this PC.

    A clean install of Windows 10 will install Home because that is what the key embedded in the bios tells Setup to install. Once Home is installed you can upgrade it to Pro simply by changing the product key to the generic Pro key:

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    Generic Product Keys to Install Windows 10 Editions | Windows 10 Tutorials

    When you enter the generic key Windows will check the activation servers to see if you have a digital licence for Pro. If it finds a digital licence for your PC (as it should in this case) it will allow you to upgrade to Pro. You can change the product key in Settings...

    Change Product Key in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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