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I upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1. I did create an ISO flashdrive of windows 10. If I was, for example, to put in a new hard d

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October 17, 2017 3:24:36 AM

I upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1. when windows 10 came out. I did create an ISO flashdrive of windows 10. Let's say, for example, that I needed to install a new hard drive, in the instructions mentioned, they say that I would need to put in the "product" key,
where would I get that?

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October 17, 2017 3:40:12 AM

retiredbrooklynboy said:
I upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1. when windows 10 came out. I did create an ISO flashdrive of windows 10. Let's say, for example, that I needed to install a new hard drive, in the instructions mentioned, they say that I would need to put in the "product" key,
where would I get that?


I don't know what instructions you read, but no, you will NOT need the license key for this WIn 10.

When you Upgraded, you now have what is called a 'digital entitlement'. This is stored at the Microsoft activation server farm.

When you need to reinstall on a new hard drive, when it asks for the license key...there is a link at the bottom "Skip".
Click that and proceed. It will activate itself when the system goes online.

Also, you might want to create a new USB or DVD. The old one you have will have to run all the intervening updates.
A new one created today will have all of that in it already.

Create a new USB or DVD here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windo...
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