I've got a 3-year-old 8700 which I'm very happy with. It recently had a major hard drive failure (2TB SATA), so I'm preparing to replace the drive with a new one.
Earlier this year, a couple months prior to the crash, I took the PC through the automatic upgrade from Windows 7 (Home) to Windows 10. So of course I've got questions:
Appreciate any help at all!
Edit to add: I should also have mentioned that my PC is no longer under warranty. C'est la vie!
After investigating more, it seems as though I will NOT have to purchase a new copy. My understanding of the steps involved (at least during the upgrade-from-Win7 period ending in July):
Fwiw, once I get the new hard drive, I'll probably try the Windows 7 "system restore" disks first. If I do a clean install of Windows 10, I'll have to re-install all the software (as well as data from backups). I'm pretty sure I no longer have the setup disks for some of that software.
Your systems hardware profile was registered with a Microsoft Product Activation server during the initial upgrade and is now a Windows 10 Home Device.
You can clean install Windows 10 Home without a product key and it'll automatically reactivate when online. Alternatively you can input the 25 digit Windows 7 Home Premium key from your COA.
A clean installation is recommended performance wise. Its also advisable for you to install in UEFI with Secureboot enabled for this system.
Drive wise I recommend getting a 250 GB SSD at least for an OS boot drive. You have a Desktop tower so you can also add a HDD for additional data storage if need be. In this configuration AHCI is recommended.
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