reinstalling windows 10


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #1

    reinstalling windows 10


    hello

    when you need to reinstall windows 10 and you got windows 10 via the free upgrade, do you have to first install windows 7/8 to then upgrade to windows 10 or can you just install windows 10 cleaning and then just type in the existing key to activate.

    also do this work the same way for pro editions.
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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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    MintMate19x64 Win10Prox64
       #2

    NO, just install 10. When asked for key, click "I don't have the key" or "skip this step". Windows will be activated via digital entitlement

    also do this work the same way for pro editions.
    yes
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    just I am trying to reinstall windows 10 pro for a friend, but I didn't and they don't have the pro disk. so I tried using my windows 10 home disk and entering the pro product key that I got from hirens boot cd as it wouldn't boot. but when I try to enter it, it just says it is wrong.
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    As with most versions of Windows one can't mix a key from one version with a different version. As suggested, don't enter a key and the install will check the database to verify the digital license.
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  5. EdTittel's Avatar
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    Keys are tied to Windows versions. If you try to use a home disk and a pro product key, it won't work. You should visit the Download Windows 10 page, and use the Media Creation Tool ("Download tool now") to grab the right version of Windows 10 (Pro, that is) and build a bootable installer on a flash drive. Then your key will work, for sure!
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  6. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    thanks for the help, downloaded the windows 10 englishinternational and when i tried to install i got an error saying installation cancelled due to corrupt file. so i downloaded the iso for english which was the us version and installed it and then just installed the UK langauge pack and it works now, activated automatically as soon as it got desktop as i went straight to the activation settings page and it was already done via digital signature.
    this is now solved
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