I've recently replaced the 1TB HDD in my Envy 15-j100ni with a 250GB SSD. I used the cloning software from the SSD manufacturer to clone the HDD to the SSD.
A few days ago my computer was infected with some malware (because of something stupid I did). Long story short I ended up formating the SSD (well, secure erase). I then wanted to do the whole recovery business but it did not want to work.
In the end I removed the all partitions and, after much difficulty, loaded Windows 10 Pro (not activated yet) from a Windows 10 ISO that I had downloaded from Microsoft for my desktop PC which had Windows 7 Ultimate on it.
Now for the questions.
Obviously the activation key embeded in the BIOS does not work for the new OS since the notebook originally had WIndows 8.1 Home Single Language on it. I would have loaded that if I could actually get my hands on the ISO for it, but it was an OEM install. Besides, I wanted a Pro version (I'm a software developer so I was missing some of the functionality not included in the home version).
So, how do I
a) Upgarde to Windows 10 pro (I do not have the orginal OS nor any recovery media - I can proove that I'm the original owner)
b) update the BIOS with the new activation key
c) Get the whole recovery partition with HP Recovery manager back.
Basically I want the notebook to be the way it was when it left the factory, except with a SSD and Windows 10 Pro. Surely this must be possible?
Well the product key to tied up to three companents and HDD is one of them. Yo ucan add new HDD to current one but if you change the primary HDD then you would have to visit a authorized service center to get the new HDD tagged to product key and hten run recovery:
Unless HP is doing something peculiar with their PCs, the product key in Win10 has NOTHING to do with the hard drive.
I know this because I have replaced hard drives in several Win10 PC, and not once, have I had any problem with the product key or even been forced to reactivate the PCs.
Also, once a PC is activate in Win10, the MS Activation servers save that information. If you stick in a new drive and restore Win10 to it, it will reactivate automatically -- I know this because I did this with one of my Win10 PCs.
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