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Question Question about reinstalling windows 10

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Now, I am on Windows 10 and the system is getting slow so I want to clean reinstall again, I remember that Windows 10 wasn't purchased but a free upgrade offered a few years ago. The most recent license I have is an OEM windows 7. Can I still reinstall
Windows 10 or have to go back to Windows 7?
 

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Now, I am on Windows 10 and the system is getting slow so I want to clean reinstall again, I remember that Windows 10 wasn't purchased but a free upgrade offered a few years ago. The most recent license I have is an OEM windows 7. Can I still reinstall
Windows 10 or have to go back to Windows 7?
You can do a clean install of Win 10. You do not need to go back to Win 7 first.
Your system is already fully licensed for 10. A full wipe and reinstall does not negate that.

 

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You can do a clean install of Win 10. You do not need to go back to Win 7 first.
Your system is already fully licensed for 10. A full wipe and reinstall does not negate that.

Do I have to find out the key first from control panel and copy them first?
 

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Do I have to find out the key first from control panel and copy them first?
No.
You don't have a traditional "license key". Rather...you have a digital entitlement.

A reinstall on this same system...when the OS goes online later, it will (eventually) talk to the activation server farm.
"Oh, this is brannsiu's system...we know this. Activate it."

Also, go into your Microsoft account and verify the OS is linked to this particular system.
 
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No.
You don't have a traditional "license key". Rather...you have a digital entitlement.

A reinstall on this same system...when the OS goes online later, it will (eventually) talk to the activation server farm.
"Oh, this is brannsiu's system...we know this. Activate it."

Also, go into your Microsoft account and verify the OS is linked to this particular system.

So now, I only need
  1. to backup my personal files
  2. remember the msn / hotmail account I am registering with this computer?
(I have a number of hotmail accounts)
3. create a usb installation media

4. All other printed registered key or key shown on control panel is not necessary?
 

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