Upgrade to Windows 10 after that I got my hard drive replaced


I have a Dell Inspiron 15R running Windows 10 I received through the upgrade process.

Recently, he has developed some hard drive problems I went and got the hard drive changed but had to install windows 8 because it is the operating system it came with. So I very well, I'll go through the whole process again no problem.

I spent a few hours trying to raise all the updates and then realized that there was none, so I downloaded the Windows 10 Upgrade Wizard and tried to go through but it gave me an error for "Operating system". It says "You need to activate Windows before upgrading".

He said windows is activated but Activation details displays a 0xC004C003 error code. I looked at this community solutions to this and tried the phone activation process, but it says I could be victim of piracy of software through automated Messaging. Who has no sense because I was running the same copy before with my Microsoft ID and all.

Why he thinks that the software can be hacked?

What should I do now? It is ridiculous to force me to buy a new key. Why should I pay again for something I already own.

If I've been duped by the store, I got my replaced hard drive so how can I restore my windows with my own key?

Help, please!

Thank you

[A moderator has left your forum thread Win8 specific update to the assets of Win8 (etc) - specific forum for us.]

I figured out how to get my key from the BIOS.

Have you tried to activate (for example by telephone) with that key? -Online http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/24636-activate-windows-8-phone.html

Here again, this page shows the 0xC004C003 error code means you will need to contact a Microsoft customer service representative.  YMMV

How can I clean install windows without a disk?

For Windows 8 (.1), see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

If you want to upgrade to Win10, there is a way to do it, too - but I think you would be better to remove your current installation of Win8 & running (i.e. activated & fully-patched - including get Windows installed 8.1) before worrying about the upgrade to Win10.

PS: The guy 'at the store' caused these hassles. Maybe you should contact the store & gripe?

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