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Standard User Timalay
(experienced) Tue 15-Mar-16 20:55:17
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Windows 10 question


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I have two laptops with Windows 10 on. But neither laptops have a windows product key on them (like I did with my old Windows XP netbook). This may seem like a really stupid question, but how would go about reinstalling Windows 10 if I needed to without one?

Edited by Timalay (Tue 15-Mar-16 20:56:24)

Standard User Oliver341
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 15-Mar-16 20:57:45
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Re: Windows 10 question


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Once activated, each PC's activation status is stored on MS servers and re-activated automatically after re-installation. No need for a key.

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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 16-Mar-16 15:09:31
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Re: Windows 10 question


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These days with laptops and other OEM machines the product key is stored in the UEFI, which is the modern replacement for the bios.

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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 16-Mar-16 15:23:34
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Re: Windows 10 question


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The Win10 key is in Windows but the same key is used for all upgrades of each Win10 product (ie home and pro). So, the key that I have for my home install is exactly the same as everyone else's that have been done as an upgrade.
Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 17-Mar-16 08:55:16
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In reply to a post by ian72:
The Win10 key is in Windows but the same key is used for all upgrades of each Win10 product (ie home and pro). So, the key that I have for my home install is exactly the same as everyone else's that have been done as an upgrade.


That is strange, don't sound right, to be honest.
i do know that a lot of OEM machines have Windows 8.1 products keys burnt into the UEFI, one of the reasons I will not buy buy a pre-built computer and also why if i got myself another laptop it will be without a OS.

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Standard User wingco1
(legend) Thu 17-Mar-16 14:55:09
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http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html shows all the software activation keys on your computer.

Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Thu 17-Mar-16 16:26:16
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The Win10 keys are the same...
This is the key Windows 10 Pro users will see in KeyFinder or Belarc Advisor: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T.
Also see this link

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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 17-Mar-16 18:24:32
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In reply to a post by cheshire_man:
The Win10 keys are the same...
This is the key Windows 10 Pro users will see in KeyFinder or Belarc Advisor: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T.
Also see this link


Very strange, i wonder why?

I see the user is banned from the forum, I wonder what he did

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Standard User Oliver341
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 17-Mar-16 18:37:43
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Very strange, i wonder why?

Because after upgrade, the key is irrelevant. The activation status for the PC is stored at Microsoft and reactivated upon reinstall automatically.

A freshly bought copy of Windows 10 will still be issued with a unique product key however.

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