If you are going to reinstall windows 10 you may need to contact microsoft. I would like to inform you that in your case, if the hardware id changes, then you'll have to purchase Windows 10 or you may install Windows 8. More experienced users can extract the installer and make the program portable with. I think we never did link an account. On this, select Load the product keys from an external Software Registry hive and you will be prompted to open a file.
Let me help you in answering the question. My Windows copy is legit but the disc is not from Microsoft. This process will prevent the activation mechanism from detecting that the same product key is in use on more than one computer. I have a machine that was running win7, a couple of weeks back I upgraded for free to win 10 but today the hard drive has failed. You need to extract the product key from the Windows registry hive files from the target drive. Just to retrieve Product Keys of programs paid for and Windows O.
If you are doing a clean install on a computer that has been upgraded to Windows 10 before, then you can either skip entering the product key, or enter the generic key, either way. I have a laptop here that cannot restore Windows. Needless to say that would have avoided the present situation, unless, of course, your Windows is pirated. The same is true when upgrading a retail copy of Windows 8. It would show the bios splash screen then when it tried to boot all it was was just a black screen with a blinking underscore.
As if your user was attached to an email address, then since the Anniversary edition released last year, as soon as you logged in, then that address should be auto linked to licence. If you using same email address as before, they may move licence over for you. Click Next and then confirm in the popup you are using the program for non commercial use only. If you are doing a clean install on a computer that has been upgraded to Windows 10 before, then you can either skip entering the product key, or enter the generic key, either way. I need to re-load Windows. I would give this bunch of software pack a vote of 6. My aunt upgraded her 5 year old Win 7 desktop to Win 10.
One day my computer just wouldn't even load windows at all. It would reach the desktop and begin to load stuff then just stop. Hi Panoukos, I realize the inconvenience you are facing. Hi guys, bit of a problem. Whatever option you choose, once the drive is plugged in and appears in Windows, go ahead and run ProduKey, just like you would on a functioning computer described in the previous section. The same will be true when upgrading a device that came with Windows 8.
When Produkey loads press F9 to open the Select Source window. I just built a new system over the summer andg ot windows 10 on it by installing windows 7 because I had an unused product key for it then upgrading to windows 10. This means that you're not allowed to transfer the product key to another device under the Microsoft rules. Browse other questions tagged or. You just need to remove the drive, connect it to a functional computer, and point ProduKey at it. Back up any important files on it first. I don't have any record of the product key so I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to install and activate windows again.
Is there a way to retrieve the product key from the old drive using my computer? Welcome to TenForums I've actually done this. Bel-Arc — which also informs you just how unsecure your secure pc really is. For instance, if you uninstall a Windows 10 Home product key, you can only activate another computer running the Home edition. You do not need a key - simply reinstall and skip key entry. What makes this different, is the ability to load keys from an external registry hive.
In this guide, we're focusing on the consumer channel, but it worth noting that Microsoft distributes licenses through a number of channels, which may include different licensing rules. You can then insert the drive into an internal drive bay on a working computer, or use an , like the one shown below. Only real way to now is to contact Microsoft. When Ubuntu boots, open a file manager window by clicking the drive icon on the panel. As if your user was attached to an email address, then since the Anniversary edition released last year, as soon as you logged in, then that address should be auto linked to licence. Would you like to answer one of these instead? I tried using windows 10 installation media to try and repair the system but it ended up failing. Test the hdd in a known, working pc, ok to put power to it at boot, but do not plug in the data wires until after windows has finished booting.
If you upgraded from Windows 7 previously on that computer, the Windows 10 on that same computer won't activate via a product key. I just wanted to let everyone know this is relevant to Windows 10. In this guide, we will use a new software called ShowKeyPlus to recover Windows product key from Windows. Luckily I had it in my email invoice from when I got Windows 8 from my university, so it was easy, but time consuming. If you have special third party drivers which are needed to recognize your drives, they can also be loaded from here. The person using it before has an Outlook email account so perhaps that got linked but she would not have done so unless Win10 asked for it. Or you can boot up , load the registry and then decrypt the key from a working computer.