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I just got a second hand Dell XPS 12 to use for web testing (I currently only use mac but are having a case where I must check how things looks in IE). It has Windows 10 on it. When I check with dell web site it was first delivered with 8.1 but was upgraded to Windows 10 while that was free.
Theres a million programs and files on the computer so I would like to re-install it using Windows 10.
If I understood correctly checking with MS the license should be coupled with that hardware (when upgraded to Win10) so I could just download the Win 10 ISO from MS and run an installation from that.
What do you think? Should I try to extract the license key first? And if so How? :) Or should I try to find a Dell recovery image instead? Any ideas and tips?
Here is what I did
I downloaded the Windows 10 iso from Microsoft and created a bootable USB drive with the provided tool. I booted the computer from that and when it asked for a serial I just clicked I don't have one and continued the installation.
When Windows was installed and I had put in my Wifi password it had activated itself with Microsoft. The license key is generated based on the motherboard for all (or many?) of the upgrades from Windows 8.