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  1.    28 Dec 2015 #31
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 40
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
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    Done and done. Easier and quicker than I expected. My point of reference is reinstalling Windows 7 on an HDD. . .hehe. Comparatively speaking, installing 10 is lightning quick. Figuring out the correct BIOS settings was a bit confusing for this dinosaur, but in the end I have the new laptop set up the way I prefer.
    Many thanks for all the assistance!
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  2.    28 Dec 2015 #32
    Join Date : Jun 2014
    UK
    Posts : 1,071
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86

    That's great With an SSD it really flies, as would 7 and 8/8.1 I'm sure.

    (I've not yet had the pleasure of owning a PC with UEFI)
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  3.    29 Dec 2015 #33
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 120
    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by Word Man View Post
    A clean install of Windows 10 should have you up and running OK and it should activate OK without having to enter a product key - skip any prompts for it.
    I was looking at some new laptops in a shop and did not see any COA stickers. Is that because MS knows the hardware details and therefore no longer needs a licence number/product key to be entered?

    I am thinking of doing much the same as the OP but with an Asus ZenBook UX303LN which I have found at an attractive price in the UK.
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  4.    29 Dec 2015 #34
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Penn's Woods
    Posts : 1,271
    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by machare View Post
    I was looking at some new laptops in a shop and did not see any COA stickers. Is that because MS knows the hardware details and therefore no longer needs a licence number/product key to be entered?

    I am thinking of doing much the same as the OP but with an Asus ZenBook UX303LN which I have found at an attractive price in the UK.
    As far as what you see in shops, I believe it's more likely the case that the manufacturer encodes a product key on the motherboard during manufacture rather than slap on a COA sticker. The tip to not need to enter a product key, if prompted to do so by WIn10 install, has more to do with a prior activation for that machine having been recorded on MS activation servers for the unique hardware hashid they calculated during the initial activation, finding an already established digital entitlement for that hardware set.
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