Laptop HD failed, not long after upgrading from windows 7 win 10


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    Windows 7 home pre
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    Laptop HD failed, not long after upgrading from windows 7 win 10


    I've got a Dell Vostro 3750 laptop, it came with Windows 7 and a month or so ago I upgraded it to windows 10.

    Just yesterday I've discovered that the HD has failed, the laptop was not being used after the upgrade. I've even taken the drive out of the laptop, hooked it up to my computer via a USB 3 adaptor. The computer was unable to deal with the drive so I'm SOL it seems like.

    I've going to purchase a new drive and install it and since I have all the original disks that came with the laptop, I can use them to reinstall the Windows 7 that came with the laptop.

    How do I then get the windows 10 upgrade again is what I'm wondering, and for free. Is there a process to follow?

    Thanks much,

    Gene
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    W10Prox64
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    Hi.
    You should be able to install W10 directly, and it should activate, because you would have had a digital activation once you upgraded. Once W10 has been installed and activated on a machine, it can be clean installed as often as you like/need. If the laptop had not been on long enough to activate for some reason, then you still can activate the W10 installation by using your COA key (usually on the bottom of the laptop, or under the battery).
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  3. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for that Simrick,

    How do I get windows 10 into a position to install it as the computer with clean empty hard drive? I have other computers available, I presume somehow I have to download Win10 and put it on a USB or DVD maybe?

    Thanks,
    Gene
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  4. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    Sorry about my reply, I think I found what I needed at:

    Windows 10

    Appreciate the help,
    Regards,
    Gene
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    Multiple systems on multiple computer
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    yepp, that is what you need. The media creation tool will make an ISO or directly on a USB stick. If you want to do an ALL-IN-ONE, you need a 8GB stick to fit on it (so you can choose between 32/64bit and/or home/pro). If you dont, just download the one you need. Remember: for Windows 7 pro and Ultimate you will need the Windows 10 pro version, otherwise the Home version.
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  6. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Just to follow up, I used the media tool, downloaded the ISO and was able to burn a DVD and after installing a new drive in the Dell laptop, the install of Win10 went without a hitch. It's up and running real sweet.

    Thanks again all, these forums are a HUGE resource for me and others I'm sure and to all who contribute, my thanks many times over.

    Gene
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    W10Prox64
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    uniquewon said:
    Just to follow up, I used the media tool, downloaded the ISO and was able to burn a DVD and after installing a new drive in the Dell laptop, the install of Win10 went without a hitch. It's up and running real sweet.

    Thanks again all, these forums are a HUGE resource for me and others I'm sure and to all who contribute, my thanks many times over.

    Gene
    Cheers Gene. Thanks for posting the results. Please mark the thread as solved.
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