I write because I want to make a clean install with Microsoft Windows 10 usb media.
Can I safely do this and write down the hp windows 10 home digital license key? Or is the installation linked to the motherboard meaning that I cannot type in the same key manually and activate windows later? I am worried I’ll brick the machine if I proceed and hp recovery media usb is about $60 here in Sweden. Help would be appreciated:)
I was more specifically wondering, if I use Microsoft’s usb creation tool, use my own windows 10 pro key and erase the hp 14s’s entire harddrive using the created usb, then will I be able to activate my fresh install with my pro key?
If for some reason my key won’t activate, due to the fact that I have used it earlier, can I still reformat the ssd, activating windows home, again with the factory-supplied hp key for windows 10 home?
If you can`t find the PowerShell (Right Click on Start) you can go to the Microsoft Web Store and download Version 7.1.4
The 21H2 (Build 19044.1237) will be published on the 05.10.2021 including a new Media Creation Tool. I would go that way and erase the comlete disk. That can be done during the setup. If you have an OEM-Key for the Pro-Edition it is not possible to upgrade.
But before you do anything, check the BIOS if you can activate TPM 2.0. I hope that the Laptop is running in UEFI-Mode. Meanwhile I have seen 2 Laptops where the activation failed! - If not, you have the right to return it to HP.
If you have a Win10 Pro retail key you can try it when the setup is ready (But you have to deactivate that on the old PC and you have to have a MS account) For about 20$ you can buy a new key. It's worth it!
Be aware that you need a reliable backup-software. Here Macrium is my personal favourite.
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