1.    24 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 2
    windows 10

    Just installed a Win 10 Home 64 bit System Builder OEM


    Hi,

    I have read several posts regarding the System Builder version of Windows before posting this as I can't find the answer I'm looking for.

    I recently build my own desktop computer and not knowing the difference, ordered the System Builder OEM version of Windows 10. It came with its own key and the install went well.

    However, about 10 days after the install, I had an issue while starting the computer with the mention "Preparing Automatic Repair" along with the blue screen of choosing with the different options between 1. continue to Windows 10, 2. Turn off PC, 3. use a device and 4. Troubleshoot.

    After a few things done, scanning the C drive for errors and so on, everything seems to be working fine. I thought I'd have to redo a clean re-install but so far so good. I also did a clean re-install on my laptop (which I had upgraded from Window 8.1 and I had a windows key as well) using the same disc and I ended up with the same problem, i.e. the mention "Preparing Automatic Repair" along with the blue screen of choosing with the different options between 1. continue to Windows 10, 2. Turn off PC, 3. use a device and 4. Troubleshoot.

    My questions are the following:

    1. Can I do a clean re-install of a "regular" version of Windows (which I have done on a USB key) and use the same windows key of the System builder or it won't let me use it again?
    2. OR should I keep the OEM version currently installed.

    I would like to redo a clean install and get it over with, I feel like I'll end up with another problem and eventually will have to do a clean install again and then update everything. I'm just trying to be proactive.

    Thanks for the feedbacks.
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  2.    24 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,381
    Windows 10 Pro

    Go to Settings => Updates and Security -> Activation tab. Does it say "Windows is activated with a digital license...."?

    If it does, then you no longer need a product key at all. When the install asks for a product key, click the link for "I don't have a product key".

    I would download the latest edition of Windows 10 from:
    Download Windows 10

    and do the clean install making sure you have the latest build available.
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  3.    24 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 2
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the reply.

    When I look in the settings, it only says "Windows is activated" and nothin about a digital license. Does that mean I need my Windows key to do the clean install?

    In the latest edition of Windows 10 link, it's the Creator and Anniversary edition, which one is to choose regarding the differences?

    When you mention the latest build, you mean Windows10?
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  4.    24 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,912
    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by lappy View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    When I look in the settings, it only says "Windows is activated" and nothin about a digital license. Does that mean I need my Windows key to do the clean install?

    In the latest edition of Windows 10 link, it's the Creator and Anniversary edition, which one is to choose regarding the differences?

    When you mention the latest build, you mean Windows10?
    You can reuse key as often as you like on same mobo. However, as you have a digital licence, you do not need to enter key. The link with MS account is only needed if it fails to activate due to a hardware change which does not apply here unless changing device or mobo (or in rare event something glitches).
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  5.    25 Jun 2017 #5

    Quote Originally Posted by lappy View Post
    Thanks for the reply.
    When I look in the settings, it only says "Windows is activated" and nothin about a digital license. Does that mean I need my Windows key to do the clean install?

    In the latest edition of Windows 10 link, it's the Creator and Anniversary edition, which one is to choose regarding the differences?

    When you mention the latest build, you mean Windows10?
    You are key activated - an upgrade will get digital licence... (no need for MSA) and you can re-install same version w/o a key thereafter...

    BTW: It's contrary to the EULA to be using System Builder on your own machine... it's meant for re-selling...
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  6.    25 Jun 2017 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,381
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    BTW: It's contrary to the EULA to be using System Builder on your own machine... it's meant for re-selling...
    I had actually typed that at the end of my post #2 and deleted it :-).

    @lappy,
    Creator's Edition is the latest build of Windows 10.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


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