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    As pointed out in my previous posts, I was annoyed with a application. I decided it was easier and better in the long run to wipe and re-partition the new computer’s SSD drive and load Windows 10 downloaded from MS using a USB thumb drive

    During the installation I was surprised that the installer didn’t ask for the license key !

    Why did that happen?

     

    Mike

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    • #2404746

      During the installation I was surprised that the installer didn’t ask for the license key !

      The license key is “saved” on your motherboard.

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    • #2404763

      Probably OEM license, its bundled with HW.

      Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

      HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

      PRUSA i3 MK3S+

    • #2404747

      This is completely normal. After you install Windows 10 once or if you upgrade from Windows 7 you are granted what Microsoft calls an Entitlement to Windows 10. It’s not necessary to enter a license key.

      • #2404846

        In Windows 10 version 1511, it was called a “digital entitlement” but in versions 1607 & greater, that was changed to “digital license”.

        The only time Win10 setup asks for a license key is if the preloaded Windows version in question was not fully activated and will prompt for a key. If the preloaded Windows version was already activated, then Win10 setup will not ask for a license key.

    • #2404892

      All should be fine but if you deserve Windows 10 Pro check in winver that it is what installed.

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