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windows 10 activation with w8.1 recovery media on XPS?

I bought XPS about 6 months ago with windows 8.1, I updated but did not activate since I use linux on the same PC mainly.

I have the original recovery disc starting with CN-### on the DVD disc that came with the PC, can I activate the windows 10 I already have installed?,  it is asking for product key  which has a different format of ####-####-####-####.  Unfortunately I have lost the product key....

I like to know how I can end up with activated windows 10 on XPS.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: windows 10 activation with w8.1 recovery media on XPS?

If it was the correct Edition of Windows 10 it should have automatically picked up and input the key thats embedded in the UEFI BIOS and automatically activated.

Dr Philip Yip
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