Windows 10 activation question.

MR X

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I bought a new Lenovo ThinkPad tablet online earlier this week with Windows 10 Pro. For whatever reason, it must be the UK version since certain words were spelled WRONG because I'm a marrycan. I fixed everything to look correctly with changing locations and language packs, etc. I need to upgrade Windows since it's running a build 3+ years old. I can't keep my settings/programs when upgrading because of the region of Windows installed, but that's not a big deal.

My question is: Will I still have an activated version of Windows if I upgrade using an iso for en-US instead of the en-GB that's installed? My internet is garbage and it's not really possible to download another iso for a different region, or deal with hours of Windows updates when I can have 90% of the updates installed in the upgrade. I know the license is tied to the hardware, but wasn't sure if the region matters as long as it's the same version of Windows.
 

Viktor

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I don't know for sure if the license is tied to a specific region, but I don't believe so. I've installed Windows more times than I care and even so I can't remember exactly what the initial setup is like. It is slightly different from a generic ISO vs volume licensing though so I might be confusing the two. Either way, if you're looking at doing a clean install you can use the following site to select version 1903 as well as the correct language. After install it should automatically license the computer again.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

Edit: If you're creating the installer on a PC you can use the creation tool, but I've had more luck using Rufus instead of their tool.
 

MR X

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I'm having all sorts of issues with this pos. I've ran windows update and downloaded 4gb+ on 3 different occasions and it gets to around 70% on preparing to install, goes to black screen, restarts with nothing done and wants to either do that again or wants to redownload the entire thing again.

I already had a USB drive made with rufus for the last major release, but I can't install it at thia time because this pos only has 1 USB port, the touch screen doesn't work, and the on screen keyboard doesn't pop up while installing wndows. I'll have go wait and get a dock for it before I can get the newest version installed.

I guess the license will work as long as you're installing the same language and the region doesn't matter from my findings so far.