I have a Thinkpad which came with Windows installed. I think the Windows was Windows 8 (not 100% sure, but) - I think upgraded to 8.1 & then to Windows 10. There is a Sticker which says "Pro Windows" with the Microsoft Windows logo on the laptop. But there is no other sticker which gives the Windows License key.
My harddisk has issues (though still working) & it going to be replaced by Lenovo warranty - but they will just install a blank HD - no OS. The laptop didn't come with Windows Disks. My vendor says that the license key is burnt into the BIOS & it will automatically be picked when Windows is reinstalled.
I have several options now
is to make a bootable recovery CD on a pen drive & use it to install - will this install Windows 8 or Windows 10?
Freshly install Windows 8 & then hope the license key is automatically picked up. Then upgrade to 8.1 & then to 10.
Freshly install Windows 10 & hope the license key is picked up.
I installed Magical Jelly Bean Key Finder & it shows the OS & Windows 10 Pro & gives a CD Key - is the key which came with the OS or is the key which was given automatically when I upgraded to 10.
I am wondering which of the options would be the most seamless for me to get back to work once I replace the hard disk.