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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       20 Dec 2015 #290

    Hello MSMPlayz,

    If you delete all partitions on the disk at step 11 or 12, then yes.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       20 Dec 2015 #291

    bullfights said: View Post
    Ok thats what I might do, though I did go looking for the Keys and cant seem to find the dvd case with the key, I have the PC name written on the case. I have the two other, but not this one. Although there is another dvd case with a win 7 key that has no writings on it, it might be that one lol

    I'll have to check tomorrow, worst case I will use the key from one of the other two, since I am parting them out.

    thanks
    Please let us know how it went.
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  3.    20 Dec 2015 #292

    Brink said: View Post
    You could try entering the Windows 7 Pro key, but I'm not sure it'll activate or not since Windows 10 was never activated on the PC yet to have a digital entitlement.

    Worse case, you may need to install and activate Windows 7, and upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
    It worked!!

    I went in to change the product key, with the key I found and was accepted, I am now activated!!

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    now I can avoid installing windows 7 lol phew
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       20 Dec 2015 #293

    Great news.
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  5.    24 Dec 2015 #294

    Was wondering if one can clean install UEFI Win-10 Pro without making any changes to existing partitions. That way I'd still have ability to revert unit back to Factory Spec if needed.

    Thanks
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       24 Dec 2015 #295

    Hello nkaufman,

    It would depend on if you currently have a UEFI Windows installed or not. If not, then most likely, you'll need to do a full wipe and clean install.

    You should be able to create a set of factory recovery discs or USB depending on what brand and model your computer is. You could then use that to do a factory restore with in the future if you ever wanted to.
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  7.    24 Dec 2015 #296

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello nkaufman,

    It would depend on if you currently have a UEFI Windows installed or not. If not, then most likely, you'll need to do a full wipe and clean install.

    You should be able to create a set of factory recovery discs or USB depending on what brand and model your computer is. You could then use that to do a factory restore with in the future if you ever wanted to.
    Thank you for your response.

    I just got a Lenovo Ideapad 300S with UEFI Win-10 Home. Upgraded to Win-10 Pro using generic key, updated to latest Win-10 build and used Win-7 Pro retail license to activate and got digital entitlement.

    Lenovo, for some reason, did not provide any such feature to create recovery disks which seems very surprising.

    I have created a Macrium Reflect backup but the user of the machine (not me) wanted the ability to revert to Factory Setup easily.

    Thanks again for your assistance.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       24 Dec 2015 #297

    Would that be a 300S- 11IBR, 300S-14ISK, or U300S model?

    I see Lenovo has a OneKey Recovery download for some models, but it depends on the specific model.

    A Macrium Reflect image backup is a good choice to have.
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  9.    24 Dec 2015 #298

    Brink said: View Post
    Would that be a 300S- 11IBR, 300S-14ISK, or U300S model?

    I see Lenovo has a OneKey Recovery download for some models, but it depends on the specific model.

    A Macrium Reflect image backup is a good choice to have.
    I have 300S-14ISK.

    That OneKey Recovery is a giant pain..
    One cannot make a backup using that software to an external HDD bigger than 2TB.
    Next, it suggests that a backup will be made only of c:\, hence wasn't as comfortable using it as a backup.

    Thanks,

    P.S. Thank you for the excellent tutorials that you created on this forum. They have been extremely helpful.

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  10. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       24 Dec 2015 #299

    Agreed. I think Macrium Reflect would be a better option.

    Since it did come with Windows 10 preinstalled, he'll always be able to download a Windows 10 ISO to do a clean install on it.

    Windows 10 ISO Download

    http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/prod...300s-14isk?c=1
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