Will my rig be genuinely activated again after re-installation ?

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  1. vn_mnm

    vn_mnm MDL Novice

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    Hi everyone, my rig is DIY, so it started out with no OS. I decided to buy a Dell CoA label of Windows 7 SP1 Professional along with a Dell installation iso file of Windows 7 SP1 Pro from an Amazon seller. Of course, the key on the label and the installation image worked so that I got to this rig to Windows 10 Pro for free. However, I have some concerns about this installation :

    _Firstly, there are some certain driver tweaks from Dell in the Win 7 iso file. My hard disks are : Crucial MX100 256gb SSD, and a Western Digital Black 1tb. Both use SATA-3 interface, but due to Dell's tweaks, they become 'SCSI disk devices'. The problem persists in Windows 10 ! (Fig. 1)

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    _Secondly, my rig uses an ASUS Z87 Pro mobo. Despite my system information screen showing the rig is 'made' by Dell (Fig. 2), my rig is still recognised to be manufactured by ASUS by the website windows.com (I log into my rig using a M$FT account) (Fig.3)

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    Given the 2 concerns above, in case of me changing the disk drives, GPU, or even re-install Windows 10 Pro retail version created by Media Creation Tool from M$FT website, will my rig still be automatically and genuinely activated online after that ?

    Please help me, thank you very much to anyone helping me out.
     
  2. SOCRATE_MMXII

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  3. odiebugs1

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    #3 odiebugs1, Oct 3, 2015
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    Dell didn't tweak any of the drivers, you either have the SSD and HDD plugged into the wrong port or you have the wrong driver, also go into UEFI/BIOS and go to advanced tab and make sure Sata Mode is AHCI.

    You have to make sure the SSD is plugged into the Yellow port not the black, and not the one closer to the board, the one on top of that.

    You can use the driver for Sata that is AHCI from Intel instead of the Microsoft driver, it's on the Asus site -IRST_V14.5.0.1081_WHQL


    Can you post a pic of device MGR with the storage controllers expanded and with System devices expanded.

    If you find that in the UEFI/BIOS Sata is not set to AHCI, I suggest you leave it, then allow win 10 to activate, then start a clean install.

    You should set AHCI in the UEFI/BIOS, and then you should secure erase the SSD and then start to clean install win 10.


    **** On : 03/10/2015 your SSD received a firmware update, you should make sure you have this firmware.


    P.S. Crucial does not give you a secure erase tool, so before you start the clean install, open the drive with properties and go to tools, then click the optimize tab, make sure you see SSD and that the SSD is not listed as a HDD and click on optimize.

    If your SSD is listed as a HDD, you wil need to open CMD as admin and run ' Winsat diskformal " reboot , now go back to the optimize page and it should be listed as solid state.
     
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  4. vn_mnm

    vn_mnm MDL Novice

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    #4 vn_mnm, Oct 3, 2015
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    Thanks for being helpful and detailing me with so much information. But in summary, given the current situation of my rig as in the original post, will my rig still be automatically and genuinely activated online after having re-installed Windows 10 Pro Retail using the MediaCreationTool from M$FT website ?
     
  5. kaos420

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    no you have to start from 7 up again. had to do it with 8 several times.
     
  6. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    Thank you, but the only reason I covered the SCSI was due to the fact that
    SOCRATE_MMXII posted a wonderful link that covers activation.

    You can skip the upgrade if you want and clean install if you follow the instructions for upgrade problems in the link posed by SOC, this is windows so it can be different for everyone, but people have changed the SSD, GPU and clean installed and got activation, some had to use a trick, but you will have a genuine win 10 and can clean install for the life of the MOBO.
     
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    vn_mnm MDL Novice

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    Thanks again m8. So that means if I ever re-install Windows 10 Pro Retail created by Media Creation Tool from M$FT, I shall be able to retain its genuine activation right :clap: ?
     
  8. odiebugs1

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    Yes. You have a genuine 7, so even if you change the HDD, or GPU and have a problem clean installing, you can just contact MS and tell them your HDD, or GPU died and it's a replacement.
     
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