Published on September 26, 2015 By kona0197 In Personal Computing

So I bought a new computer back in early February. It came with Windows 8.1. Recently got the Windows 10 update. So far I'm liking Windows 10. I didn't care much for the Start menu so I bught Start 10. My question is what happens if my hard drive dies? I don't have Windows 10 on a DVD, nor do I have any product code if I was to download an ISO. So what options do I have? 


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on Sep 26, 2015


My question is what happens if my hard drive dies?
Terry, just make a full image backup.  I recommend Easuse ToDo. http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm  An IMAGE backup is the ONLY way to go!!!

 

 

on Sep 26, 2015

Wizard1956

Easuse ToDo

Just a heads-up:

The free version installer is probably wrapped with Open Candy, a marketing installer.  I'll let you decide whether or not you want to deal with it.  Like any of those wrappers though, you need to pay very close attention when you install, else you may end up with a lot you didn't want - some of which may be difficult to remove.

http://forum.easeus.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=35454

 

on Sep 26, 2015

Just install and run Speccy and click the Operating System link to get your product key and write it down.  Then download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft, make sure you get the right one, 32 or 64bit, and then run it and create a DVD. All done! 

on Sep 26, 2015

Thanks for the help guys. The image idea would work if I had an external hard drive or large capacity USB stick. I have neither, with no means to get either any time soon. I will have to look into LightStar's idea. You all sure the prduct key Speccy drags up will work for install?

on Sep 26, 2015

DaveRI

Quoting Wizard1956,

Easuse ToDo



Just a heads-up:

The free version installer is probably wrapped with Open Candy, a marketing installer.  I'll let you decide whether or not you want to deal with it.  Like any of those wrappers though, you need to pay very close attention when you install, else you may end up with a lot you didn't want - some of which may be difficult to remove.

http://forum.easeus.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=35454

 

I was not aware of this, thanks for the warning. I use the paid version.

on Sep 26, 2015

Wizard1956

I was not aware of this, thanks for the warning. I use the paid version.

You're welcome, I figured if you realized it you would have mentioned it.  Open Candy is becoming increasingly "popular", it's starting to show up in downloads - even direct from company sites - that were once problem-free. ("Daggnabit"   )

on Sep 26, 2015

The best tool to get your software keys is Belarc advisorhttp://www.belarc.com/free_download.html  My version of Speccy doesn't show the Win7 key.

on Sep 26, 2015

Once you have run Windows 10 on your machine it is supposed to be tied to that machine for the life of the machine (for the free version anyway) Unless you make any major hardware changes, you can just skip the steps for entering in reg numbers during install and it will show as activated. I'd imagine if you make some change that messes that up you can probably call MS and complain and get it re-done for a new setup. I'd guess you can't do that often though.

 

By the way, I have done this procedure and it worked just fine. (Not the changing hardware part, but I have done a fresh install on an upgraded Win7 --> Win10, no license number needed )

on Sep 26, 2015

I don't trust that. How would Windows 10 know if it was tied to this machine if I installed a new, fresh hard drive?

on Sep 26, 2015

I didn't switch out hard drives but I did install to two different drives at different times between messing around. I believe it takes a look at whole system and gives it some value, and then looks to see if it differs from that value. (Strictly guessing here!)

on Sep 27, 2015

Windows 10 Product Key Viewer - will show you the product key once the genereic one is overwritten ( windows is activated )


Download the windows10 ISO from Microsoft
Burn it
Print the Key

Or make a USB bootable

If the Drive dies you simply install a new one and install Windows10 with your key.
If there are problems activating you simply make use of phone activation?

 

on Sep 27, 2015

Kona,

Firstly, forget the key, not important.

Download the media creation tool from Microsoft, Run it, ( be sure to choose the same type as you have, Pro, home, etc.) Choose to save the iso, or make bootable flash drive, Burn a DVD or use a flash drive.

Since you have already upgraded your pc, IF you ever have to replace the HDD, install Win10 from whatever format you made, choose skip both times when it asks for a key, (actually, the second time, you'll choose "do this later")

 

Once you install, it will activate for you. Full version.

 

Problem solved.

 

I have done this at least 10 times, so, take my word. This is the way to do it.

on Sep 27, 2015

kona0197

I don't trust that. How would Windows 10 know if it was tied to this machine if I installed a new, fresh hard drive?

 

It don't go by the hard drive, it goes by the mobo.

on Sep 27, 2015

Wizard1956

The best tool to get your software keys is Belarc advisorhttp://www.belarc.com/free_download.html  My version of Speccy doesn't show the Win7 key.

I use Belarc , it gives me the windows 8 key

and just about everything else ( info ) about your computer and programs !!!!!!

on Sep 27, 2015

RedneckDude

Firstly, forget the key, not important.