The PC I got back in May came pre installed with windows 10, and it also came with a disc to install windows 10. My laptop is messed up and I need to reinstall windows 10, could I use the disc the came with my other PC to reinstall windows 10 onto it, if so are there so many times I can use the disc to install
The PC I got back in May came pre installed with windows 10, and it also came with a disc to install windows 10. My laptop is messed up and I need to reinstall windows 10, could I use the disc the came with my other PC to reinstall windows 10 onto it, if so are there so many times I can use the disc to install windows 10 on a computer? Or should I just use download a ISO windows 10 file off a Microsoft to reinstall it?
Cody: You can use the disk as many times as you want. However the license that comes with an OEM copy o Windows is usually restricted so that it will only allow that disk to install on the specific brand and model of PC for which it was made. Meaning if the desktop is a Dell and the laptop an HP, he disk will refuse to run on the HP.
Also, since it is a laptop on which you are planning to install this, and the disk is not specifically made or that laptop, there is a good chance that the disk will not include the drivers needed or the hardware in the laptop. Once you do the install, your wii/network card may not work, you may have no sound, only generic video, the USB ports may not work, etc.
With Windows 10 there is a build in feature for resetting the computer back to factory default. You do not need a disk. The "disk" is already on a hidden part of the hard drive of the laptop and Windows can be reinstalled from there with all the drivers etc. Check the manufactuer's web site or call their support line for instruction on how to access this reinstall. Do not use the disk.
Most new computers do not include a Windows DVD, although anyone can create their own using files that Microsoft provides at no charge.
Regardless whether the disc is supplied by the manufacturer or is user-created, once Windows has been activated, the disc can be used any number of times to reinstall on the same computer. It is not necessary to type in the Product Key during reinstallation, as Setup extracts the copy of the key that is stored in the motherboard. Activation is similarly automatic, and occurs the first time an internet connection is made.
A store-bought copy, referred to as "full retail" or "full packaged product" (FPP), may be installed on one computer, then deleted from that computer and installed on another machine, without limit. This type has a higher price and a different license that the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) version described in the previous paragraph.
you can use the disk as many times as you like. it is the LICENCE that only works ONCE on the FIRST pc you install it on. from then on you can re-install windows on THAT PC ONLY using THAT LICENCE as many times as you like. Windows 10 now remembers what pc the licence was used on and any previous OS details too(if its an upgrade) and you may need to follow that exact upgrade path again to get it validated correctly. so a disk is worthless in itself. its the licence you pay for.
You can use it as many times as you like, BUT, you need a proper license for each and every installation. If you have the license key for the laptop, then just use that again for the e-install.