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Having problems with a laptop, seems that setting it back to factory defaults will help solve the issues.  The laptop came with Windows 8, and since has been upgraded to the free Windows 10.

Will I be able to get Windows10 back on the laptop?
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by:noxcho
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No. The free upgrade offer has ended on 29th July 2016. Now if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 you have to buy it.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12435/windows-10-upgrade-faq
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>>  and since has been upgraded to the free Windows 10.

Unsure about your question.  I suspect it goes like this:

Windows 8 on laptop
Upgrade to the free Windows 10
Problems so go back to Windows 8 (or are planning to)
Either way, if you authenticated your Windows 10 with Microsoft (which you probably did when you installed it), you can reinstall Windows 10 with no problems. You've done the authentication before and Windows 10 will recognise this machine and authenticate it again with no problem.s
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Here is a guide which can help you get the Windows key from your installation: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/how-view-your-product-key-in-windows-10-3632749/
Which is useful by reinstalling Windows 10.
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by:akb
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Yes, you can reinstall Windows 10.
Download Windows 10 from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10
It should automatically activate. If you have problems activating it, call Microsoft and explain what happened. They will activate it for you.
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You will just have to install the correct version of Windows 10 which you got registered with (home or Pro, 32bit or 64bit doesn't matter). When you get asked for the product key just click on "I don't have a key" and the installation will continue. Once the system has an internet connection it will automatically re-activate as it has already been registered with the m$ servers.
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by:nobus
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i also had a case where factory restore was needed -with a bad drive
i restored it to Win7, then upgraded it to W10 - and it was  activated ok again

and as said, you can simply install W10 fresh too - if you don't need all the factory installed softwares
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Splitting between experts.  Experts explained and confirmed that a previously installed authorized version of Windows 10 on a machine can be reinstalled again on this machine without problems.
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