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Failed Hard Drive: Do I Need To Buy Windows 10?

Saturday, December 24th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips, Windows 10
 
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Ernie’s afraid that replacing his hard drive is going to be a huge hassle. “One of our laptops is a Dell, that came with Windows 8 that was upgraded to 8.1 and then upgraded to windows 10.  The hard drive has now failed and needs to be replaced.  I have been backing up my pictures-document files etc… to an external hard drive, so they are safe.  Once the hard drive has been replaced, I assume I’ll have to start over with Windows 8 once again  (via a disk that came with the Dell), and assume I can update that to  8.1…  I also assume I’m going to be stuck having to buy Windows 10 if I want to continue to use it now that the ‘free’ upgrade program is over with?”

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Good news Ernie!  Windows 10 remembers the product key in a different way. The key is embedded into the system. So unless your motherboard blows, all you should need to do is a clean install of Windows 10 and it should activate.  You can get a copy by clicking here.  Follow the instructions for creating an installation media. Or, if you’re having a tech professional do the hard drive replacement, they can install Windows 10.

~ Cynthia

 

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5 Responses to “Failed Hard Drive: Do I Need To Buy Windows 10?”

  1. Ernest White says:

    This is a Great tip! I did not know this….

  2. EZgoing says:

    I’m sorry to say that Christmas wiped out the hard drive replacement budget, but will be giving this a try in about a month… THANKS big time Cynthia!!!

  3. Trish says:

    Hi great info, but can the info on the failed HD be recovered? Can the HD be removed to do so? Thanks for further info, Trish

  4. Terry says:

    Had held on to this tip just in case, and needed it 2 days later. i went to the link and followed the directions and after downloading their tool, i installed the tool and ever since then it has been checking for updates. that is for the past 2 days, any thoughts?

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