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Old 05-03-2019, 07:11 AM
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My hard drive crashed recently, used the recovery drive (w/ system file) created when the computer was first used. No joy, could not even get to boot. Took to tech and he was unable to restore and also could not get computer to boot from recovery drive. Assuming hdd is toast and recovery drive is corrupt how do I get win10 on my new hdd? Do I have to purchase new win 10 software?
Old 05-03-2019, 07:19 AM
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If windows came preinstalled on the machine, there should be a sticker on the machine with a serial number, or as part of the manuals. Start with that and download windows to an bootable CD/DVD, and install in new hd. You probably will need to call Microsoft to get the product id made available as it is shown as used. I had to do this a couple versions of Windows ago, process probably hasn't changed much.
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You'll need the CD or a bootable USB image. Probably quicker and easier to take it to the tech and have them do it since they should have an image or disk around.
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If its a dell on the windows 8 and 10 machines they store the key on the motherboard.
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I bought a Lenovo T480 laptop earlier this year. There was no Windows sticker or serial number anywhere.
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I downloaded win10 from microsoft, installed using USB thumb drive, entered my key and I was off to the races.
Old 05-03-2019, 08:13 AM
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buy key for $2 to $10 on eBay.
Old 05-03-2019, 08:24 AM
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Get Windows 10 here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
You shouldn't need a new key.
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after having suffered through over a half dozen HD failures and the hassle of replacing HD's I gave up on them and bought new laptop with SSD. The only way I'll go from now on.
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COA (certificate of authority)...the old serial key stickers...those are long gone. Tier-1 brand machines have the key embedded in the BIOS, and now with Windows 10...it's all tied in with a hash from your system and your Microsoft account.

Get a solid state drive, do (or have a tech do) a fresh install of Windows 10. Don't waste your time with an original spinning platter hard drive..they wear out over time and will crash more and more often until a total crash. Never..ever..worth trying to reinstall Windows on a crashing hard drive.

Fresh install of Win10... It should see your computers original prior operating systems license in the BIOS and auto activate itself.
Once Win10 is on, get the manufacturers driver update utility so you get the proper motherboard/video/NIC/wireless/sound/etc drivers. And a BIOS update.

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