Can i put W10 back on my Laptop free ?

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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    Can i put W10 back on my Laptop free ?


    Hi,

    I have a Laptop that had Windows 7 pro on it originally which i upgraded to Windows 10 pro, all was fine until i had a hard drive crash, so wiped the drive and put Ubuntu on it. Not getting on with Ubuntu and was wondering am i still able to put Windows 10 back on it FREE or have i now lost the chance and will have to pay ?

    Terminator
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  2. cereberus's Avatar
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    Just clean install it and skip key entry - it will activate automatically. No need to pay.
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you so much for you reply, you have put my mind at ease, I will start the re-install this evening.

    All the best to you
    Terminator :)
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  4. FerchogtX's Avatar
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       #4

    If you use the media creation tool to create an ISO or USB, the installer will automatically skip the part where you set a key or you choose a windows version, it will install the original edition that came with your laptop, of course, without all the bloatware.

    I know... I'm late XD
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Sorry about the duplicate thread, This is another Laptop and i had completely forgotten about my previous post.
    Thank you for the reply and help
    Have a good day.
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  6. lx07's Avatar
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    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**
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  7. Posts : 136
    Win10 Pro x64 1607
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    Terminator said:
    Sorry about the duplicate thread, This is another Laptop and i had completely forgotten about my previous post.
    Thank you for the reply and help
    Have a good day.
    You're welcome!

    There is no need for key if Win 10 was previously activated.
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  8. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2
       #8

    Don`t forget to run the Clean command 1st to wipe all the Linux code.
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  9. lx07's Avatar
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    2004
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    AddRAM said:
    Don`t forget to run the Clean command 1st to wipe all the Linux code.
    That is a very good point - if you have a legacy BIOS PC then it will have probably installed GRUB to track Zero (or Syslinux or whatever). Windows installer will not automatically overwrite this.

    When you install Windows, press Shift +F10 to get a command prompt, type Diskpart, Select disk 0, Clean, Exit. Then carry on.
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  10. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Not sure what a legacy BIOS PC is, however thank you for the additional info, i have written it on my pad and intend to start work on this laptop tomorrow (Fingers Crossed !!)
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