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using a Win8 restore DVD on a Win10 upgraded laptop after 1 year?

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    dentaku

    I installed the Win10 update on my mother's Win8 laptop and it seems to work fine.

    Question: I made a Win8 restore DVD set for it when it was new so what happens if the harddrive dies and I have to use the Restore DVDs after the 1 year Win10 free upgrade period is over?

    Will I be able to do the Win10 update for free to a machine that's been wiped out back to Win8 more than a year later? It's obviously an OEM machine with no Windows serial number.

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    kettch

    @dentaku: It seems like I saw somewhere that if you use a Microsoft Account, it records that you did a valid upgrade on that machine and doesn't complain if you have to do it again.

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    PerfectPhase

    The way I understand this is that it is the device that that gets the licence once activated; once you have been through the upgrade once, the device fingerprint is stored on the activation servers and will be activated regardless of the MSA used (or not) in the future for 'the lifetime of the device'.  As for changing the HDD, the finger print is similar to the system used in previous versions of windows and has some slack for hardware replacement.  I've also heard that MS is very lenient on activating machines that auto activation fails after significant hardware upgrade, just give them a call. 

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    Harlock123n​ew

    Its been my experience that activation's that fail automatically because of some fairly significant hardware change (IE Drive, Memory, Video) Have had no problem being activated when I called the activation line, and entered the 90 million digit check codes into the IVS system that is the manual activation lines..

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    dentaku

    Well, that's kind of what I was expecting.
    I guess we'll see in a year when people start testing it out.

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    vesuvius

    , dentaku wrote

    Well, that's kind of what I was expecting.
    I guess we'll see in a year when people start testing it out.

    https://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/Coffeehouse/Windows-10-The-next-chapter/300a60baa44b4a43a92fa42800b01a1c

    They have since clarified that business will still have to pay. If by going by the speculation in another thread that Microsoft are forcing updates on Windows Home users as the benefits far outweigh the negative publicity, maybe they will just ignore those that need to reinstall their OS and find themselves having to pay for an upgrade. I think the key will be the price, probably $65/£60, dressed as a small price to pay.

    Microsoft are full of surprises and nothing else of late.

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