1.    11 Jan 2017 #1
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    Hey guys, buddy has a computer running Windows 10 , his product key sticker says, Windows 10 Home for refurbished computers. He's been having problems and wants to reinstall Windows so he went to the Microsoft site and downloaded Windows 10 and saved it to USB. What he needs to know is will his current product key work for the new install even though the sticker says, for refurbished computers ? Thanks
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  2.    11 Jan 2017 #2
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    No need to enter key....activation is done by motherboard.
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  3.    11 Jan 2017 #3
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    His machine used to be a Vista according to the old sticker on it. Would that make a difference ?
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  4.    11 Jan 2017 #4
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    Win10 does not Upgrade over WinVista or WinXP, has to be a clean install, usually from a bootable device.

    As for downloading to a USB device, that normally would be for storage. If it's an .iso file that is used by a DVD Burning program to create the bootable DVD. There is a procedure with the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB Thumb drive and install.
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  5.    11 Jan 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claw View Post
    his product key sticker says, Windows 10 Home for refurbished computers. Thanks
    Dont worry the disk you created will work just fine. In fact if it was already activated on that computer skip the key and it will activate it self when you go on line.

    Win 10 is now sold on refurb computers and this is what the Op has.
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  6.    11 Jan 2017 #6
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    I guess that's my bad, forgot to Quote the post I replied to.
    His machine used to be a Vista according to the old sticker on it. Would that make a difference ?
    Win10 does not Upgrade over WinVista or WinXP, has to be a clean install, usually from a bootable device.
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