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Can I recover a Windows key after installing Ubuntu?

I'm wondering if, after installing Ubuntu, it would be possible to recover my OEM copy of Windows 11 if something goes wrong with Linux. I am considering installing Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfish on my HP ...
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Windows 10 License

I recently custom built my own desktop computer and had questions regarding getting a windows license. The price for windows 10 home is $130, while pro is $200 (ouch!) I had an old retired dell laptop ...
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Is it possible to install Windows on a hard drive on one computer, then activate it on another?

To clarify, I have a machine which I generally use Linux on; but I develop for multiple platforms and will eventually need to test on Windows 10/11. This is an amazing machine but installation of ...
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Can i use the OEM key on new windows installations on other machines? [duplicate]

I have a Dell latitude 5310 2 in 1 laptop. Which came with preinstalled windows 10 pro on it. So now i have run this command slmgr -dli to confirm that my Windows 10 pro license is an OEM key i.e. OEM ...
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Is there a WIndows 10 Home ARM

I have downloaded and installed Windows 10 for ARM preview in a Parallels virtual machine. But it came in «Pro» version. Everything seems to work fine, but I can't personalize some settings because it ...
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No xelzd - Cannot find xeldz in all drives. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Today my windows 7, after download a not-so-secure file (a good prank from an University friend to show me that the SO is really outdated), the windows license was deleted. (I have a buyed license, ...
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How to determine a Windows 7 license type from files under C:\?

I need to create a repair disc for a machine running Windows 7 Professional x86, but first I need to find out the exact license type before burning the only DVD I have, because (believe me) all USB ...
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How to enter a key when installing into a virtual-box or other VM for Windows 10?

Generally, how is Windows 10 run on Linux? By which I mean, once the ISO is downloaded how is licensing dealt with? I looked through a guide on the process, but it didn't mention license keys. Not ...
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How to clean install Windows 10 with a product or license key? [duplicate]

I'm considering buying a PC which comes with Windows preinstalled; typically I run Linux. If I were to format the hard drive and install Linux so that Windows was removed from the hard drive, just ...
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how to copy, persist or save the license key for Windows 10?

Not normally a Windows user, but am considering purchasing a brand new desktop PC with Windows. Is it even possible to note a license key for future use with Windows 10?
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Proper way to reinstall Windows [duplicate]

So I have a laptop that originally had Windows 7 installed on it-which was upgraded to Windows 10 when Microsoft offered it for free. I want to replace the actual hard drive with an SSD. However, I'...
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How to install a full version of Windows on a Hyper-v VM

I downloaded a Win iso image and used it to setup my VM on Hyper-V. I have created the VM by allocating about 25 Gb of space. But everytime I boot the VM, it looks for the CD/DVD drive and then loads ...
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Using an old Windows 7 on a new laptop (and upgrading to Win 10)

I am currently looking to buy a new laptop on a somewhat tight budget. In order to get a bit better parts I have the option of buying it without a Windows license. I need Windows however and after ...
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MS Office licensing enforcement contours [closed]

I tend to upgrade components of my Windows PC (the SSD in particular) and would like to know, if I were to switch to MS Office and upgrade the SSD (or the RAM): Would an SSD upgrade cause a problem ...
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Windows 8.1 64bit Pro key to activate 32bit Home?

I have a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2-1051F here where the license key somehow got deleted. Restoring keys in the BIOS and doing a factory reset did not help. So now I am looking for a key in order to ...
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Why does my Windows 10 OEM have 2 different keys?

My laptop came pre installed with OEM Windows 10. To get rid of several bloat-wares that come with oem windows 10, I did a clean install of Windows 10 using downloaded ISO, installer created on Pen ...
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How to install Win10 on a new SSD if I have upgraded from Windows 8?

I have an oldish laptop HP ProBook 4545s. I have a license label for Windows 8 on it. Since a long time ago, I have used free upgrade option to Windows 10. I intend to replace the HDD with an SSD ...
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MS Office 2016 Standard MAK product key migration

Office 2016 Standard MAK Keys reached to its maximum limit , so we want to remove one of our activated MS Office 2016 Product key and move it to the another PC with the un-activated MS Office 2016 .
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Using Win7 key to activate Win10 is valid for clean instalations?

I installed Win10 Pro using my Win7 Pro license key in my laptop with Win10 Home Basic when it was free to do it, making a new clean installation, and now I have Win10 Pro activated with that key. ...
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Fresh Windows-10 Install

A Windows-7 laptop was upgraded to Windows-10 during the Microsoft free upgrade period when they were nudging users to migrate away from 7 to 10. The system is sluggish and crash prone: I would like ...
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Windows activition after boot drive change

Recently I have bought a new SSD , I'm trying to boot from that SSD I had the installation disk of a legit version of Windows 7 that I upgraded from to Windows 10 but unfortunately the sticker with ...
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Clean install of Win10 (free upgrade version)

I have Parallels running on my Mac, several years ago I got a copy of Windows 8 on disc from which I set up a VM. In time this was upgraded to Win 8.1 and Win 10, all within the VM. I want to get rid ...
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Where is Windows 10 activation key?

So, I'm having big trouble trying to fix my friend's computer. She stopped a Window's update shutting down the computer (I know, it hurts just to read). Now the PC is not booting. I tried everything ...
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Windows 8.1 BOX and Windows 10 free upgrade

I have Windows 8.1 BOX. I have sold PC and currently I want to use key on different PC and Windows account. Will I be able to get update to Windows 10? Is it bounded with key, account or PC? Edit: ...
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Windows 10 - Digital license after PC format

So I have this laptop that had Windows 7 original and I updated to Windows 10, so I got a digital key. Since 2 weeks ago my PC got infected and I formatted but I wasn't smart enough to see which ...
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Can I install Windows 10 on new laptop after formatting previous laptop?

Recently I got a new laptop, and I want to move the windows license from my previous laptop. The windows installed on my old laptop is the retail version of windows 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10. Is ...
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Disable a Windows OS installation

I have temporarily removed my old 1TB hard drive which has Windows 7 on it. I have upgraded the system to a new 256GB SSD drive and have done a fresh install of the same OS (from the same DVD in fact,...
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How can I recover the activation key of a damaged, non-booting Windows 10?

Note: it is a legal company machine. Unfortunately, my co-worker responsible for the keys isn't reachable any more. But I (representing my employer) am legal user of the keys in that currently non-...
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How to reinstall and reactivate Windows 10 with an OEM license

I have bought a Lenovo IdeaPad 310 which came preinstalled with Windows 10 Home, but also came with loads of junk on it which I would like to properly clean by reinstalling Windows. I anyway have a ...
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How to transfer office activation to another account?

I have bought two licenses for Office 2016 Home & Student (the permanent licenses, not the 365 subscription). Due to some auto-signup, cookies and product-keys-encoded-in-a-url supplied by the ...
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Windows License with Thinkpad

I have a Thinkpad which came with Windows installed. I think the Windows was Windows 8 (not 100% sure, but) - I think upgraded to 8.1 & then to Windows 10. There is a Sticker which says "Pro ...
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Windows 10 digital license

I'm not sure wheter this question belongs here but here it is.. I have a laptop upgraded from windows 8.1 to windows 10 with account X. Windows activation says that my windows is activated with a ...
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With two seperate licences, can I switch from Windows 10 to 7 and back to 10 again?

I have two valid licence keys for Windows: Key A - originally Windows 7, but upgraded to Windows 10 Key B - not yet activated for Windows 7 I'm running Windows 10 with key A now. My plan is to ...
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Windows 10 upgrade activation failure

I downloaded a windows 10 image from the volume licensing site and used that to upgrade a HP Elitebook from Windows 8.1 which had been activated. The license key is available in the BIOS and can be ...
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How to find Windows 7 key in full backup?

I bought a laptop many years ago with Windows 7 installed and didn't get an install CD. My hard drive died and half the sticker on the back has been ripped off (I can only read the first dozen ...
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How to transfer WinRAR key to Linux

Situation I have bought WinRAR license some time ago and have the rarreg.key file. I would like to continue using RAR program on Linux licensed with my key. Question Is it possible to transfer the ...
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Is it possible to transfer an OEM Windows 10 license?

I want to change the drive on my laptop to an SSD. I use Windows 10, and I have two options : clone the HDD to an SSD install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on the new drive Since I would like to use ...
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CLIPUP.EXE : What will happen after accidental execution?

I came across clip.exe which was a cli tool for capturing text from the command prompt into the windows clipboard. I wanted to see if there was any other similar tool (eg to print the clipboard text ...
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Reinstalling windows 10 free upgrade, which key should i use [duplicate]

Hello my parents updated their laptop with Windows 7 to Windows 10, apparently by mistake. Since they do it themselves, I did not see the terms of conditions nor any information displayed before the ...
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Office 2016 activation process

We bought 10 licenses for MS Office 2016 Home & Business. I crashed with the activation problem and thanks God, I took note of which license I used in which workstation. I created a MS account for ...
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Windows 7 professional license key not accepted

I have "Windows 7 Professional N" from the Dreamspark webstore and Installed it on a new PC. Now when I try to activate it the key is refused with a message: "Please enter a Windows 7 Professional ...
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Where to find the Windows 10 license key on the surface book?

Where can one find the key of the installed windows 10 operating system on the surface book? I tried to find it on the case and asked google but couldn't find an answer.
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How can I read the Windows Product Key from a partially rubbed-off sticker?

I know all about Magic Jellybean Keyfinder and other solutions to find the key from within Windows. These are not what I'm after because the key they found is the OEM key, and I am trying to reinstall ...
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Is it possible to use a Windows 10 product key to activate a Windows 7 installation?

This question is the opposite of the problem that most people have, and I haven't found a good answer for it yet. My company has custom hardware configurations on shipped systems, and we are ...
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how to recover win7 licence to update to win10

I have a DELL laptop pc, coming from a company (free) so no DVD or paperwork available, just the hardware. I have a perfect legit win7 pro 32 bit version running on it just fine. I whant to keep this ...
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Move MS Office from one Computer to another

I have this annoying problem. I have a client that is using MS office 2013 Home & Business and want to move the programs to his other computer, since he bought a new one. He added the license key ...
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If I delete pre-installed Windows 8.1, is it lost forever?

There's this Asus X200MA with fixed 2GB RAM and pre-installed Windows 8.1 . 2GB RAM + Windows combination makes a sad computer and a frustrated user. So I want to install Elementary OS Freya on it. I ...
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How to repartiton hard drive while upgrading to Windows 10

I need to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on a laptop. The problem is that I want to repartition my hard drive. Currently I have two partitions and I want to combine them. If I just update to win10, ...
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Windows 10 upgrade offer: Once installed is it tied to the one machine?

As many people, I have the icon in the task bar offering me to register for the upgrade to Windows 10. However, I plan to build a new machine later this year and I'm concerned that if I upgrade to ...
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Windows 8.1 asking for product key after recovery

My laptop was not starting. I understood that the battery had run out of charging as soon as I plugged in the charger and started my laptop. Meanwhile, for a second I had removed the plug again and ...
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