Free upgrade offer to Windows 10 is about to end. How will someone substitute a defunct HDD in a laptop which has a BIOS activation key without an image system backed up?

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Asked by: Marcos.L.Araujo

I´m just went trough this situation.

My laptop had a Windows 8 SL license, with an activation key in its BIOS. As usual, the manufacturer didn´t send any kind of image to reinstall the OS. Later, I bought a license and upgraded it to WIn 8 Pro Media Center that got updated to Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center and, finally, upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. (Nice.. i7, 8 Gb RAM, !Tb HDD and Nvida video board)

Some few days ago, its Hard Drive "went borogoves".

Microsoft technicians told me, and so I did, that I had to go through every OS my computer have experienced - from windows 8 SL to windows 10 Pro so I didn´t loose my Pro activation key.

While in the process I received an annoucement notifying that the time for the free upgrade to Windows 10 is about to come to an end. So I got scared.

What if it happens again?

I mean

- When some HDD dies after july 2016 (no "if" - it simply happens everyday) how will people recover their products?

Will Microsoft recognize what Windows version every laptop or All-in-one computers have been working prior the accident by the BIOS engraved in the BIO - avoiding the upgrade after upgade procedure? (once it will not be avaible anylonger, right?)

Or is Microsoft preparing a tool so people will be able to save a system image that will be useful to reinstall the Microsoft products into the new HDD?

What can I do today to be prepared?

Answered by:


Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft community.

I understand that you would like to know what exactly happens when the hard drive fails after the period of free upgrade of Windows 10. We will assist you to resolve the issue.

I suggest you to Refer to the section: "Suppose I need to reinstall Windows 10 after one or two years from now or I install a new hard disk"? From the below article:


Also refer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-10/activation-in-windows-10

Hope the information helps. Let us know if you need further assistance. We will be happy to help.

Thank you.

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