04-22-2019 12:01 AM
I have a Thinkpad x230.
To escape from the issue of the lack of hard disk (128G, SSD), I decide to replace the old SSD hard drive with a new 1TB SSD.
However, I don't know how to reinstall windows 10 on a new hard drive.
The original OS on my laptop was Windosw 7 and I did free upgrade to Windows 10.
I have only an original back up USB drive.
No Windows 10 installation USB or CD.
No Window 7 or 10 CD key.
I can guess that I need a Windows 10 installation USB and a CD key which I don't have.
Please advise me the procedure which I need to do to reinstall successfully.
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05-03-2019 01:42 PM
If you have a PC running a copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 (properly licensed and activated), you can go to the Download Windows 10 webpage and run the Media Creation Tool to create and save the installation files to a USB drive or as an ISO file.
Once the SSD has been replaced and Windows 10 installed, you will not be asked for a product key, and when connected to the Internet, you'll have a digital license to Windows 10, which you can confirm by going to Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
The digital license should be associated with that specific device, which means you can format or replace the disk and perform a clean installation of the same edition of Windows 10 anytime. You won't need a product key, and activation should be automatic.
05-03-2019 02:26 PM
Thank you for your advice.
I don't have another PC but I think I can download Windows 10 and make an installation USB on my laptop before replacing the new hard drive.
So do you mean that I don't need a product key if I download and make a Windows 10 installation USB on a laptop or PC which has a proper Windows license?
05-03-2019 03:41 PM
As far as I know, windows 10 stores the licence in the machine.
You could make your intallation media with the old disk, then swap them and make a brand new installation on the 1TB SSD.
Should anything go wrong you can always put the old SSD and continue to use the machine.