Windows 10: Windows 10 Fresh Installs

  1.    08 Mar 2016 #1

    Windows 10 Fresh Installs

    Hoping that someone has worked this out. I manage over 100 laptops. We use W10 Home on the laptops because the laptops are not on the domain at HQ. When I have an out of warranty HDD failure, I want to swap the old HDD with an SSD and perform a fresh install of W10 on the SSD. I keep running into issues with the bios or windows licensing stopping me.

    It's all honest, even willing to pay for a Windows licence if I have is it done?

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    08 Mar 2016 #2

    Windows licensing should not be stopping you. When you upgrade a computer from a properly activated Windows 7/8/8.1, a digital entitlement gets stored on Microsoft activation servers. The digital entitlement is matched to the unique hardware ID of that computer. Simply upgrading from a HDD to an SSD should not affect the unique hardware ID. When a fresh install of Windows 10 is done on that same computer the hardware ID is sent to Microsoft activation servers where it is matched to the digital entitlement stored there and retrieved, activating Windows 10.

    Here is what I would suggest:
    First make sure your computers are activated with a digital entitlement and have the generic Windows 10 Home product key. Running a 10586 build of Windows if you go to the activation screen under settings, updates and security, it will say activated with digital entitlement. Run showkey plus from this forum:
    Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

    Verify the Windows 10 product key is the generic key for Home:

    If your computers are activated with a digital entitlement and using the generic product key, then I would suggest putting that generic product key in a pid.txt file:
    Windows Setup Edition Configuration and Product ID Files (EI.cfg and PID.txt)


    The pid.txt file gets saved in the sources directory of the Windows 10 install media. That will cause Windows 10 to install Windows 10 Home and not ask for a product key. It should then activate when connected to the internet by retrieving the previously stored digital entitlement.

    Can't help with the bios issues.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    08 Mar 2016 #3


    Thanks for the knowledge. I've give that a shot!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Windows 10 partition installs? in Installation and Upgrade
I have windows 10 build 1511 on a USB stick made by windows media creation tool now when install windows the drive has zero partitions. When i install the copy from the USB stick i end up with 3 partitions one is 450MB (recovery partition) and...
This is on an old eMachines M6805 laptop that originally came with XP 32-bit. I put a fresh install of Windows 7 32-bit on it which ran fine. I then upgraded that to Windows 10 32-bit. The first time it booted up I was able to log in but got a...
Like the title says Im having 3 huge bugs with my windows 10 upgrade and I would like to find if anyone can help. 1.) On my laptop I have a mic plugged into a 3.5 mm combo port. I have the reltech 6.01 driver installed and as far as I can...
My laptop was running 8.1 Pro. Did all the normal stuff to reserve 10, etc. It showed up in Windows Updates on the 29th, so I installed it. Installation went fine, except Windows 10 came up as the Home edition, not Pro!!!!!! Any idea if I can...
Read more: Microsoft lowers app installs from 81 to 10 with Windows 10
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:28.
Find Us