1. Codewyn's Avatar
    I am currently running Windows 10 Pro and having experienced a handful of issues with it (which a reset did not resolve) I've decided to reformat and install the latest Windows 10 from scratch.

    My question is around process and activation.

    On process: where can I obtain a copy of the latest version of Windows 10 Pro to put on a thumb drive for booting into for the install?

    On activation: I purchased the PC that I have Windows 10 installed on used. It had Windows 8.1 Pro installed at the time and I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro late last year. The machine did not have a key sticker pasted on the case so I don't know what the key is. Is there a way to ensure that I will be able to activate it after a reformat and fresh install? Is there a way to tie the current activation to my hotmail account and have it carry over? What do I need to do to make this work?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    01-26-2016 01:30 PM
  2. mjperry51's Avatar
    Try this. . .


    If your current Win10 Installation shows as activated you shouldn't have any issues. I'd do a backup image just in case before beginning. . .
    01-26-2016 02:07 PM

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