1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Aug 2016 #1

    How to recover Win10 Key (free upgrade from 8.1) ?


    Hello,

    My laptop was victim of a virus that destroyed some register files and even System Restore could not fix it. My only choice is to format the hdd and reset to the OS in the chip which is Win 8, but I had already upgraded to Win 10. How can I recover my Win 10 Key so I can reinstall and activate Win 10?

    Thanks / Arturo
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  2. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 3,087
    EL Capitan
       31 Aug 2016 #2

    There is no free key. If your computer came with Windows 8.x, the key is in the bios. If you wish to install from the iso, do the install without activation, then once you get into the GUI, then do the activation and it will go through.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
       31 Aug 2016 #3

    bro67 said: View Post
    There is no free key. If your computer came with Windows 8.x, the key is in the bios. If you wish to install from the iso, do the install without activation, then once you get into the GUI, then do the activation and it will go through.
    Thank you. So I can do a clean install directly from the iso, and then it will just activate by itself?
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  4. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 216
    Windows 10 Home
       31 Aug 2016 #4

    Tarconis said: View Post
    Thank you. So I can do a clean install directly from the iso, and then it will just activate by itself?
    Yes, it will automatically activate once you go on the Internet.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Covington, Louisiana
    Posts : 536
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       31 Aug 2016 #5

    Actually since you upgraded to W10 your computer now has a digital license for W10 stored with MS. Just install W10 and if it asks for a key just "skip" it and it will auto activate.


    Jim
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  6. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 3,087
    EL Capitan
       01 Sep 2016 #6

    Tarconis said: View Post
    Thank you. So I can do a clean install directly from the iso, and then it will just activate by itself?
    Yes, for as many times as you want.
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  7. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,452
    Windows10
       02 Sep 2016 #7

    bro67 said: View Post
    There is no free key. If your computer came with Windows 8.x, the key is in the bios. If you wish to install from the iso, do the install without activation, then once you get into the GUI, then do the activation and it will go through.
    This is only partly true. The 8.x key is only used to verify you had a valid qualifying key. Once upgraded, the OP gets a digital licence. It is this that causes it to reactivate each time not original 8 key. If it was the 8 key, then it would no longer do it as free period has (officially) ended.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
       05 Sep 2016 #8

    bro67 said: View Post
    Yes, for as many times as you want.
    Thanks very much! It activated fine alright!
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