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Upgrading to windows 10 after hard drive crash

129 17 January 5, 2018 at 01:02 PM
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I purchased windows 7 a few years back. I then upgraded when they were giving free upgrades to 10. Now that my hard drive is bad, will Microsoft provide an free upgrade to 10 or do I have to pay?

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I had this same issue. When I contacted Microsoft Support about it, they helped me install the Windows 10 upgrade for free after I had Windows 7 back up and running on my PC.
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HI

I purchased windows 7 a few years back. I then upgraded when they were giving free upgrades to 10. Now that my hard drive is bad, will Microsoft provide an free upgrade to 10 or do I have to pay?

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You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free via this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/a...10upgrade. It works.​ If the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant freezes or fails try the Windows 10 Installation Media Creation Tool (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../windows10) and have that install Windows 10.
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Thanks everyone!

I actually called Microsoft. I was on hold and transferred to three people over the course of 60 minutes.
I was then told the department I needed was to busy and I should call them back!! I'll tell all my friends to purchase windows on ebay for 10 bucks for now on.
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Thanks everyone!

I actually called Microsoft. I was on hold and transferred to three people over the course of 60 minutes.
I was then told the department I needed was to busy and I should call them back!! I'll tell all my friends to purchase windows on ebay for 10 bucks for now on.
no, you can simply install windows 10 using the Microsoft media creation tool...there is no key needed it will work - it recognizes your pc even with a new hard drive....no one cares that you will tell your friends to break the law and pirate software...relax.
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Just install Windows 10 on the clean hard drive, you don't need anything installed first, you don't need to upgrade from anything this time. Get the install media from the link provided before, a different computer if needed. Install it, skip the part where it says to put in the key, and it will activate when it starts. That works on any computer that was upgraded to 10, the 10 license is now tied to the hardware.

Also, whatever model computer you have (or if home built, the mobo), go to the manufacturers site for things like motherboard drivers.

Those keys on ebay are not "right" for use and often expire and need switched after an amount of time. Better to buy something legitimate.
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Well, Crucial is sending me a new ssd. Ought to be here by Thursday.

This would be a good time to upgrade since im getting a new drive. 1two3 said ebay isn't the best place for buying legit copies of windows 10. Theres another site called kinguin. It seems to be a site based over in hong kong but their selling windows 10 for 30 bucks. But, It appears to be a clearinghouse for a bunch of companys selling windows license keys. Any site you guys can refer me to for a legit license key?

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OhOh

I just opened that link and it doesn't appear to be working. It says runtime error. Do any of you guys get the same message?
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I just opened that link and it doesn't appear to be working. It says runtime error. Do any of you guys get the same message?
That website works for me.

Pretty much anywhere that sells Windows keys for significantly less than retail isn't legit, one reason or the other. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...legal.html The key might activate, for an amount of time, but there's a high chance it will be shut down eventually. There was a way to use Windows without activating, with a few things disabled/nagging. That isn't ~right either, if it still works (mentioned on the last post of what I linked), but at least Microsoft allows (or allowed) it, or they'd disable it. The only good way is to buy it from a legit source.

Even with games, some keys are purchased with stolen cards, some were getting their entire steam account permanently banned for adding them (without access to other purchased games), they might not do that anymore. Of course, some might be legit, but there isn't really a way of knowing.

Edit: As stated though, if at any time that computer had an activated copy of Windows 10 installed, you can install 10 again and it will activate (if not, contact Microsoft). It doesn't matter if you are using a new drive.

Edit edit: Use the link for the media creation tool, not the first one (that one does error). Do it on a working computer, download and make a usb boot installer, you do not need to upgrade from anything, just the blank drive, and you don't need to type in a key if Windows 10 was previously activated on that computer. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../windows10
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see if your work or a friends has a partnership with msft. sometimes you can get a key for 10 bucks that way. at least that is how I've gotten the last 3 versions of office.
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see if your work or a friends has a partnership with msft. sometimes you can get a key for 10 bucks that way. at least that is how I've gotten the last 3 versions of office.
I've never seen a version of HUP that sells Windows... it's usually just Office. However, I still don't understand why OP can't use the free & legit options being presented to install W10.
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I've never seen a version of HUP that sells Windows... it's usually just Office. However, I still don't understand why OP can't use the free & legit options being presented to install W10.
that was how i got a copy of win xp back in the day. it wasn't through HUP it was a different bulk licensing program did. they also do it with educators and universities.
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Hi All

I'm happy to report that I'm back up and running. I appreciate Jtree1 for supplying me the address of the Microsoft recovery tool. My next question is I got a brand new drive RMAd to me. The present drive is 33 months old and only has 3 months left on the warranty. The new drive send to me only has 3 months. How ez is it to transfer the Windows 10 and the contents of my old drive without any problems?

By the way, does that Microsoft 10 recovery tool contain the whole version of windows 10 or just the upgrade to 10? I would imagine the proper way to load windows on this new drive would be to install windows 7 and then do the recovery tool to get windows 10?

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I'm happy to report that I'm back up and running. I appreciate Jtree1 for supplying me the address of the Microsoft recovery tool. My next question is I got a brand new drive RMAd to me. The present drive is 33 months old and only has 3 months left on the warranty. The new drive send to me only has 3 months. How ez is it to transfer the Windows 10 and the contents of my old drive without any problems?

By the way, does that Microsoft 10 recovery tool contain the whole version of windows 10 or just the upgrade to 10? I would imagine the proper way to load windows on this new drive would be to install windows 7 and then do the recovery tool to get windows 10?

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zack

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dude read the above posts...the MICROSOFT MEDIA CREATION TOOL will let you install w10 CLEAN no problems....nothing else is needed....always to a clean install not an upgrade.
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dude read the above posts...the MICROSOFT MEDIA CREATION TOOL will let you install w10 CLEAN no problems....nothing else is needed....always to a clean install not an upgrade.
So, Can i go out and buy a new motherboard and processor and have that windows media tool install a new version of windows 10 and get a license number free?LMAO

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