Can i put W10 back on my Laptop free ?

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  1. Posts : 772
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #11

    lx07 said:
    But, yes, you still can. Just download the latest version, install it and enter the key on the sticker on the bottom of your laptop after installing Windows 10 **Pro**
    You do not need a key, Once the computer connects to Microsoft servers it will activate, As long as your using the the same version of Win 10 Home or Pro that was installed before even if you switch from 32 or 64 bit it will activate.

    If when you are installing and it asks for a key you just press skip, I think it is still called skip it's been a while for me since I installed Win 10 and it asked.
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  2. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #12

    I was going to do this a few days ago but other jobs needed doing first, Just to clarify before i begin let me explain in clarity
    On the laptop it originally had Windows 7 pro installed, which i upgraded to Windows 10 Pro before the FREE cut off period ended. I then installed Ubuntu to try it out which wiped Windows 10 pro from the laptop.

    I now wish to put Windows 10 pro back on it in place of Ubuntu.
    Am i right by your replies above that i can do this without incurring a charge, And will not need to enter a KEY as was previously on the laptop as an upgrade.

    You mention "When you install Windows, press Shift +F10 to get a command prompt, type Diskpart, Select disk 0, Clean, Exit. Then carry on."
    Do i do this before going about re-installing windows 10 Pro ?

    Sorry about the questions but i want to be absolutely sure before i proceed.
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       #13

    Terminator said:
    Am i right by your replies above that i can do this without incurring a charge, And will not need to enter a KEY as was previously on the laptop as an upgrade.
    Yes. @sml156 was right - you don't need to enter it (but you can if you want) as it was previously activated. You can skip entering the key - just say "I don't have one" when asked. Once you connect to internet you'll get activated automatically.

    Terminator said:
    You mention "When you install Windows, press Shift +F10 to get a command prompt, type Diskpart, Select disk 0, Clean, Exit. Then carry on."
    Do i do this before going about re-installing windows 10 Pro ?
    During. When you see the screen asking where you want to install it.

    Like this one in step 12 of this tutorial: Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

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    Just make sure you download and install 10 Pro as 10 Home wouldn't activate.
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  4. Posts : 74
    Windows 10 Professional
       #14

    Terminator said:
    On the laptop it originally had Windows 7 pro installed, which i upgraded to Windows 10 Pro before the FREE cut off period ended.
    Just a FYI - the 'free' upgrade period actually never ended (despite what MS said). I used a Windows 7 Home Premium product key (entered during the W10 install) to get a free Windows 10 Home license just yesterday.
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Thank you, i am downloading the W10 pro ISO from the Microsoft site now, Hopefully everything goes to plan.
    If i get stuck i will come back to this thread.
    Last edited by Terminator; 29 Jul 2018 at 10:53.
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    Posts : 610
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #16

    CarlSD said:
    Just a FYI - the 'free' upgrade period actually never ended (despite what MS said). I used a Windows 7 Home Premium product key (entered during the W10 install) to get a free Windows 10 Home license just yesterday.
    LOL. . Seriously?
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #17

    ok i have downloaded Windows 10 pro ISO and have burned that to a DVD
    Once the burn was complete i popped the DVD back in and double clicked on the exe file, Nothing happend ?????
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  8. SIW2's Avatar
    Posts : 1,669
    trying to install win10
       #18

    Once the burn was complete i popped the DVD back in and double clicked on the exe file
    Are you trying to run windows setup from within Ubuntu?

    You will need to clean install. Boot from the dvd.
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  9. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #19

    yes i had ubuntu open to download the W10 pro iso, Burned the ISO to DVD, then restarted laptop with dvd in it, is this wrong ?
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  10. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,512
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #20

    Follow this tutorial: Windows 10 - Clean Install
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