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Solved Can I revive my old windows licence on my Surface Pro?


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Let me start by saying, I goofed. My Surface Pro touchscreen was acting strange. About 10% of the left side of the screen would occasionally freak out it would show about 15-20 touches and swipes in that 10%, from top to bottom) and then the touch screen wouldn't work till I turned the screen off, then back on. I tried to do a refresh, and it told me that there were files missing, but I have a windows 8 disk, and the Surface was upgraded to 8.1, so that wouldn't work. (it kept saying the the media was invalid)

By this time I was frustrated, and began a clean install of windows. The problem that I have is that this copy of windows is in use on my desktop pc, so I can't activate windows.

My question is, what can I do now? Can Microsoft help me get it back to the original cd key using the serial number? I'd like to avoid having to purchase a cd key since I had it before I over wrote it.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Also, if anyone has a resolution to the touchscreen issue, I'd appreciate it!

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8


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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Stock heatsink fan
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Internet Explorer 11
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2