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Carfreak
  • 39 months ago

I'm going to do a fresh installation of Windows 10 on a computer that has previously had Windows 10 on it, will i need to purchase a new Windows key? I do not have access to the original key that was used because it was pre-installed.

Thank you.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't need a new copy. It should activate automatically once you get it online, as Windows should just recognize the motherboard as having previously had Windows.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great. Thank you

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

... it was pre-installed.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the same computer. I was restoring windows and the power went out half way through and messed it up and I can no longer restore it.

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