[SOLVED] Will having to enter a new windows key wipe any data?

Hunter1122

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I have a PC that was built a while ago for me by a friend, and they used an Ebay windows key. It's finally been deactivated by Microsoft, and I just wanted to ensure that using a new (real) licence key on it will just change it to activated again, without removing any personal data/settings/etc. Thanks!
 

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I have a PC that was built a while ago for me by a friend, and they used an Ebay windows key. It's finally been deactivated by Microsoft, and I just wanted to ensure that using a new (real) licence key on it will just change it to activated again, without removing any personal data/settings/etc. Thanks!
Application of a new valid license key will NOT wipe any data.
It just Activates the current install.

I did exactly this a month ago.
 

USAFRet

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I have a PC that was built a while ago for me by a friend, and they used an Ebay windows key. It's finally been deactivated by Microsoft, and I just wanted to ensure that using a new (real) licence key on it will just change it to activated again, without removing any personal data/settings/etc. Thanks!
Application of a new valid license key will NOT wipe any data.
It just Activates the current install.

I did exactly this a month ago.
 

Hunter1122

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It was from actual Microsoft, just the key came from grey market. Thanks for the info! I assumed nothing would be wiped, but wanted confirmation.
 

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