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Windows 10 and Fresh Installs RRS feed

  • Question

  • I need some help understanding Windows 10, costs and activation.

    I upgraded all my PC's back when Win 10 released.

    Now I want to go back to wipe out and install fresh.  

    How will Win 10 know to activate?  

    Is it tied into my Microsoft account?  

    What about PC's that I don't use a MS account to sign in?

    I attempted a clean Win 10 install on a laptop I replaced the hard drive recently and noticed "Windows is not activated" in the system properties.  I ended up putting Win 7 back on it instead.

    What about performing future clean installs, especially after the July 29 free upgrade deadline?  If a PC that is upgraded to Win 10, crashes 6 months from now, how can I install Win 10 and have it activated?

    Thanks!!!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 8:43 PM