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Fresh install of win10 on new HDD with new machine

Dr. J 25,043 3,353 September 23, 2015 at 09:33 AM
so I finally bit the bullet and got a new PC from Dell outlet this week. I had previously purchased a 500GB SSD, intending to use it as the OS drive in the new PC. the new PC comes with Win10 preinstalled on an HDD.

what is the simplest method to install Win10 on the new SSD right out of the box? "Back in the day" I'd find the Windows key (do they still put it on a sticker or do I need to use a keyfinder first?), download "uncrapified" ISO of the OS then do the fresh install. Is Win10 different in this regard or will the same method work?

NOTE - I have no interest in ghosting the drive over.

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so I finally bit the bullet and got a new PC from Dell outlet this week. I had previously purchased a 500GB SSD, intending to use it as the OS drive in the new PC. the new PC comes with Win10 preinstalled on an HDD.

what is the simplest method to install Win10 on the new SSD right out of the box? "Back in the day" I'd find the Windows key (do they still put it on a sticker or do I need to use a keyfinder first?), download "uncrapified" ISO of the OS then do the fresh install. Is Win10 different in this regard or will the same method work?

NOTE - I have no interest in ghosting the drive over.
I'd assume you could use produkey to grab the 10 key from the current install. Then plug in the SSD, install Win 10, and insert the serial if necessary. It may not ask for a key as it may be similar to Win 8 where the 10 keys are also embedded in the board.

Produkey http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/prod...iewer.html
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I'd assume you could use produkey to grab the 10 key from the current install. Then plug in the SSD, install Win 10, and insert the serial if necessary. It may not ask for a key as it may be similar to Win 8 where the 10 keys are also embedded in the board.

Produkey http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/prod...iewer.html

I was thinking jellybean but that may date me...

are there different versions of the ISO or does it install by the key type?
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are there different versions of the ISO or does it install by the key type?
Just download the zip and run it inside the Windows you currently have installed. No ISO needed.
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Just download the zip and run it inside the Windows you currently have installed. No ISO needed.

no I meant the windows 10 ISO - are there version specific ISOs or just one that has all the versions?
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no I meant the windows 10 ISO - are there version specific ISOs or just one that has all the versions?
O'h ok. Luckily unlike the 4 diff versions of previous Windows, Win 10 has Home and Pro. (And enterprise and beyond for business). Point being there is no Basic, Premium, Pro, and Ultimate. Just Home and Pro.

See here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-u...ol-install

Just grab whatever one is the same as what you have now using that. I recommend creating the USB instead of a straight install so that you have it for later.
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