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mrjordann

How to wipe a windows PC, without activation key?

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Hey everyone! My friend gave me a laptop with "viruses" on it, and he wants me to fix it. I would simply reset windows or install a new version of Windows 10... but there's a problem. I can't get onto the PC. He screwed it up somehow, and it says it needs the activation key. He does not have that. I would just load bios and wipe it from a flash drive, but there doesn't seem to be a BIOS...? Anyway... how can I wipe it and install win. 10? Thanks in advance :)


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Windows 10 Keys are embedded into the BIOS so you should be good to go. Just go to the media creation tool and choose the version of windows installed (most likely home) and be on your way. You'll just need a flash drive (4GB at least).


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12 minutes ago, mrjordann said:

Hey everyone! My friend gave me a laptop with "viruses" on it, and he wants me to fix it. I would simply reset windows or install a new version of Windows 10... but there's a problem. I can't get onto the PC. He screwed it up somehow, and it says it needs the activation key. He does not have that. I would just load bios and wipe it from a flash drive, but there doesn't seem to be a BIOS...? Anyway... how can I wipe it and install win. 10? Thanks in advance :)

So.... have you asked how he get got these 'viruses'?

 

Joking aside the laptop if it is an official registered laptop it should have the product key usually on the bottom of the laptop.

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It sounds to me like ransomware. If you can figure out how to get into the BIOS (just look up the laptop model and Google and also include the keyword 'BIOS key' to get which button to press) then I would grab a boot drive with whatever Windows install you want to put on there (I suggest Windows 10) and wipe the drive from there.


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