Activation Backup and restore with Windows 10

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by adrian2055, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    I'm getting an new PC in a few weeks and I'm going to attempt to downgrade it from win 10 to win vista or win 7. If that doesn't work I will at least do a clean install of win 10 on the pc to remove all the pre-installed crap. I need to know how can I backup my license for re-activation of win 10 in case I'm stuck using it. I know you have a product key in the past, but now I hear that windows 10 does not use that so I'm confused as to how to re-activate windows 10 if I have to.
     
  2. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    W10 (pro and home) will reactivate itself the first time you connect to internet, on a PC where it was previously activated.

    Anyway you can backup it making a copy of

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\token.dat

    (be sure the clipservice is stopped before copying/restoring it)
     
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  3. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Is it a brandsystem (win 10 Home pre-installed)? If yes, it has an oem:Dm bioskey for 10 Home and you'll always be able to reinstall the correct win 10 version, in your case Home, by using the Multiple Editions ISO and it will auto-activate using the oem:Dm bioskey.

    To find out you can use the OEM_Query_Tool from the Multi_OEM/Retail project by The_Guardian.
     
  4. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    Thank so much!
     
  5. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    Yes it's an HP. Thanks! I will check out that thread