1.    12 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
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    windows 10

    Quick question regarding windows key


    I got some ransomware on my dell laptop about a week ago. Reading about it I will probably have to reinstall the windows iso through flashdrive. If I wanted to explore other OS's and then maybe go back to windows again if I need to, will the auth key still work? It does not have a sticker on the bottom, but I think I read they put it in the BIOS for security? The reason why I am doing this is because there is a piece of software I need that also supports Linux, and I want to see if it runs just as well and maybe ditch windows if I can. Thanks
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  2.    12 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Once you have activated Win 10 on a given device you can freely reinstall it and it should activate automatically.

    Recommended: use disk imaging. Get ransomware? Restore your previous working image.
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  3.    13 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    If it came with Windows 10 factory installed, it should have an embedded key. This utility will tell you if it is or not, assuming you can run it from Windows, https://www.tenforums.com/software-ap...7-showkey.html I think there is an offline version linked in that thread someplace too?
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  4.    13 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Once you have activated Win 10 on a given device you can freely reinstall it and it should activate automatically.
    Not all PC's will get a digital entitlement though. There are instances on a reinstall where you have to enter a product code, or one has to be detected in the BIOS. If you buy a Retail disk, you will have to enter the product code on every install. According to this anyway. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-in-windows-10 It shouldn't affect the OP though if he has an embedded key. As long as they install the correct version.
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