A possible reinstallation of Windows 10


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    Windows10
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    A possible reinstallation of Windows 10


    I'm running 3 legit installations of Windows 10, 2 of which were free when the program was first available. Two of my installations are on Apple MacOS machines, with Windows 10 available on one with Parallels and the 2nd, a Bootcamp installation.

    I deleted a windows file by mistake while trying to prune the hard drive on the Parallels computer and it now will not boot into Windows via Parallels. I'm thinking of trying a Bootcamp installation to see if it will load my Windows 10. IF Win10 is gone for good, I suspect I'll have to buy another installation of Win10 since I don't have a DVD backup of the original installation. Bit of a bummer.

    Anyone know how I might be able to access my Win10 via Parallels?
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    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    There should be no need to purchase a Windows 10 DVD or flash drive. You can create one using the Media Creation Tool:
    Download Windows 10

    As long as you reinstall the same version of Windows onto the same computer, skip entering a product key and it will activate when connected to the internet by retrieving the digital license stored on Microsoft activation servers using the unique hardware ID of the computer.
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    NavyLCDR said:
    As long as you reinstall the same version of Windows onto the same computer....
    Just to clarify, 'same version' means Home or Pro - you can install 32 or 64 bit, or a newer version (1703 instead of 1607) but you must install the same edition (Home or Pro) as your previously activated Windows for the digital licence to activate it automatically.
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  4. Posts : 38
    Windows10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks! I'll file that info away for when I may need it. I solved my problem by finding "windows 10.pvm" in my iCloud accound and downloading it to my computer.
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