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  1.    04 Jun 2016 #170
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 13
    Window 10

    Thanks for welcoming me, thanks for helping me.
    Clean install vs USB recovery, is it correct???
    1. clean install require me to enter product key while usb recovery do not.
    2. both Clean install and usb recovery can works on new harddisk
    3. clean install works on brand new computer, while USB recovery only works on computer that are already working because when I do recovery, the PC will ask microsoft server:"This set of hardware(motherboard, display card, cpu) already registered with a valid key", so one usb drive will be enough for recovering two different PC


    Sorry for wasting you guys' time, but I am still confused with the terms.
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  2.    04 Jun 2016 #171
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 23,758
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter

    No problem.

    Recovery drive - You can reset or refresh Windows 10, and use WinRE options.

    USB installation media - You can clean install, reset, or refresh Windows 10, and use WinRE options.

    You do not enter a product key when you refresh or reset Windows.

    Reset Windows 10

    Refresh Windows 10

    You do need to enter a product key when you clean install Windows 10 unless your PC has a digital entitlement registered on Microsoft's activation server, or you have an OEM PC with the product key embedded in the UEFI firmware chip on the motherboard.
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  3.    04 Jun 2016 #172
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 13
    Window 10

    If i replace my harddisk(my harddisk is installed with window and I only have one harddisk) with a new one while keeping all other hardware unchanged,
    Can I use usb Drive to do recovery ??? or I must do a clean install????
    LOL thanks for your patience
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  4.    04 Jun 2016 #173
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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    You'll have to clean install to the new hard drive unless you had created a system image that you could restore to the new hard drive instead.
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  5.    04 Jun 2016 #174
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    Window 10

    so USB drive recovery does not work if there is any hardware change???
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  6.    04 Jun 2016 #175
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    A recovery drive will not work if you need to clean install.
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  7.    04 Jun 2016 #176
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    Window 10

    seems like recovery usb drive is not that useful, because if my harddisk is dead, i cannot recovery my PC by using that drive.
    The only scenario that I will use USB drive recover is that if my computer have some virus, i use it to recover my pc.
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  8.    04 Jun 2016 #177
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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    A recovery drive is good for repairing Windows, but yeah not to clean install. That's why I find it best to create USB installation media instead to cover all options.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  9.    04 Jun 2016 #178
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 13
    Window 10

    so can i recovery my key using that key tool even i upgraded my window 10 from window 8??
    I think I should read it myself lol
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  10.    04 Jun 2016 #179
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    Yes.
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