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purchase a laptop to recycle windows product key

I need to activate Windows 7 ultimate x64 on my workingstation and I have to buy a product key. I'm considering opting for a solution with a greater value for money: purchasing a cheap used laptop ...
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updating Windows 7 without activation [closed]

I wonder either it is really impossible to update Windows (Win 7 in my case) without having activated it (i.e. with no product key available) or if the activation is just recommended for doing this ...
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Installed Windows 10 and haven't activated. Trying to update

So I just downloaded the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft, booted it and installed Windows 10 Pro. I deferred the activation. After install, everything seems to work. Product-ID is ...
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Windows 8.1 activation on HP Pavilion Touch 14-N009LA throws error 0xC004F074

My sister has an HP Pavilion Touch 14-N009LA that came with Windows 8. This computer was upgraded to Windows 8.1 once put into service, but since I'm not the owner of this computer I don't know if ...
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Is it possible to activate WES 2009 after the trial key has expired?

If a Windows Embedded Standard 2009 OS is built with a trial license key, it will expire after some amount of time (either 30 or 120 days, I'm not sure which). It's very easy to give the system a ...
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Invalid activation reported, how do I find out when it became invalid? [closed]

How can I determine when my Windows 7 Professional install started to display an invalid Windows 7 activation? I was thinking it may show up in the Event Viewer but I can't seem to find it. Any ...
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Windows 10 Deactivates on every boot

My Windows 10 Home install recently deactivated itself and has a "DNS server could not be reached error." Tried finding a Microsoft Key Service or renentering my key but with no success. Eventually I ...
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How long can I use Windows 10 without activation?

It would seem that there should be web resources to quickly find an answer to this question but I couldn't find any, so I'm trying my luck here. I used the Win10 Media Creation Tool to download ...
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Is Windows Home and Windows Home Single Language is same edition?

I have a product key for windows 8.1 (Single language edition or not that i can't remember). I have currently windows 10 pro installed. I am planning to install windows 10 Home so i activate with ...
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activate Windows 8.1 pro with media center build 9600

I have tried various product keys to activate my Windows 8.1 pro using command prompt but I kept getting an error saying 0xC004E016 on a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run ...
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Windows 7 Activation inside Virtualbox on a Linux Host

My dad has a PC which was running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bits before he accidently upgraded it to Windows 10 (due to these pesky Upgrade-Me notifications). So I planned to revert it back to ...
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Formatting Windows 10 Upgrade without Windows 8.1 [duplicate]

This year I installed the Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 8.1 on my computer and now I have a little doubt. Supposing I want to format and reinstall this Windows 10, would I need to first install ...
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Resetting Sony VAIO to Windows 8

I have a Sony VAIO SVF15N17SNS or in other markets its known as SVF15N17CXB model that came with Windows 8 Single Language Pre -Installed.I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 Single language from Windows ...
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Windows 8.1 pro activation cannot complete

I built up a new custom PC and installed windows 8.1 pro from flash disk. Then I tried to activate by clicking "Buy product key" but it takes me to Microsoft website and says "Sorry, but you can’t ...
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Can't active Sysprepped Windows 10

We recently began testing Windows 10 sysprep installations and are havin an issue where we cannot change the product keys. The initial machine that was used for creating the image could activate, but ...
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Get Windows 10 Activation Key Without 3rd Party Software [duplicate]

Is there an inherent Microsoft-Exclusive way of obtaining Windows 10 Activation keys from existing installations? Even if this is not necessary with Windows 10 specifically, I want to emphasize my ...
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Can't activate windows 10 after reset from windows 10

I have reset my windows 10 HP laptop with clean my personal files option, due to performance issues. Now it refuses to activate my windows 10 again and says that the issue is with that I'm behind a ...
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Force Activate Windows screen

I would like to test a use case for my program. When you have not activated your windows, a blue screen pops up and says that Windows need to be activated (at random times). Is it possible to ...
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Will an original Windows 10 (not upgrade) OEM Dell successfully activate after Windows 10 “Remove Everything” Reset?

Please read this carefully before marking as duplicate. I have tried to do my homework and could not find a definitive answer for this specific situation. For example this and several others are about ...
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Unable to activate windows 10

I am trying to activate Windows Home Single Language 10 latest build 10586 With Windows 8.1 Single Language Product Key But its saying You are running Windows 10 Home Single Language. The ...
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How can I force Windows Activation to activate by machine ID instead of product key?

I did a bare-metal Windows 8.1 install on a laptop which had once already been fully activated and licensed as a Windows 8.1 machine. For fun, I did the install offline with dism from a Windows 8.1 ...
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Windows 8.1 already activated but PC Settings asks for activation

I have a Lenovo Y50-70 laptop, which came with Windows 8.1. I upgraded my RAM to 16 GB and had no problem for weeks. Later, I had to uninstall my CorelDraw program, but I also uninstalled Corel ...
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Transfer Windows 8 (or its license) to virtual machine in newly purchased laptop while replacing OS with Ubuntu

I just purchased a new laptop, which comes with Windows 8 Home Pro preinstalled. But I'm a Ubuntu user. However, I find it handy to have a virtual machine with Windows in it. I have yet to receive ...
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Move VM between VMPlayer and VirtualBox without triggering Windows 7 Activation

I'm trying to move a Windows 7 VM between VMPlayer and VirtualBox, but it seems this trips up Windows Activation. I'm guessing this is because the OS sees the new VM host as an entirely different ...
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Activating windows 10 with previous windows activation

I have hp omni 10 tablet which came with windows 8.1. I want to clean install windows 10 and want it activated with windows 8.1 license. I followed this article ...
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windows activation after recovery [duplicate]

My laptop crashed recently and factory image was restored. It now gives me a message to activate windows again. I had an authenticate version of windows 8.1. How can i get the activation key to ...
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Is a product key for 32 bit Windows compatible for 64-bit Windows?

Background information: I own a reasonably good computer which is capable of running a 64 bit operating system. It came installed with Windows 7, which I wiped quite a while ago, and installed ...
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is there a time limit interval for when you can activate windows on same pc

after moving my windows to ssd drive, the license would not activate anymore and so I restored a backup to my hdd, however it still would not activate. But a couple of hours later I tried and it ...
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Unexpected error while activating windows 8: No DNS Server configured for local system

Below is a screenshot with error appeared after trying to activate windows 8. How can I fix this? Internet is working. Once I will be able, I start and offer a bounty for the one who help me solve ...
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How to find windows 10 activation Key

Where can it be find? At activation panel i can only find option to change the activation key. The current key is not presented on this screen.
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Windows 10 activation issue after changing hard disk to new computer

I purchased a new computer which has windows 8.1 pre installed. However, in order to keep my old data and software I took my old SSD hard drive over to my new computer. The hard disk has windows 10 ...
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Windows 10 Metro apps crash on startup or are greyed out

A bit of background info: I have installed Windows 10 about 5 times. The first 4 it would only work until the first reboot because during the setup phase it would automatically install a faulty ...
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Can Windows 10 Evaluation be rearmed?

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation edition had the feature of being able to be rearmed with the following command: slmgr /rearm This would give you 10 more days to use the machine, and could be ...
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Windows 10 revert to Win8 to reset key activation

I am currently in a computer crisis. I just updated my PC to Windows 10. The problem occurred during the activation of the Windows 10 Pro and Family key. Microsoft Support tells me what are blocked ...
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Can't activate Windows 8 Pro on OEM laptop after re-install with Win 8 Enterprise

I received my work laptop with Windows 8 Pro pre-installed. A few months down the line something happened, and the IT dept. formatted my laptop, and re-installed Windows 8 using their own VL disc. I ...
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Can't activate Windows 10 after clean install (“product key is blocked”)

I had Windows 10 in my laptop. I performed a clean install due to Inaccessible_Boot_Device error that prevented me from starting it at all. After the clean install Windows starts normally but it is ...
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Custom Made Windows Image - howto ensure that the Windows Key from BIOS is used

I'm preparing a customized Windows Image. I installed Windows 8.1 Pro (using the KMS Client Setup Key since I had to enter a key) and entered Audit Mode. Which steps do I need to take to ensure that ...
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Windows 10 Activation Error: 0xc004f050

I have performed a clean install on a new hard drive of Windows 10 Home and cannot activate. I get error 0xc004f050. The original upgrade was from Windows 8 Pro, which I used the Windows 10 upgrade ...
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Windows 10 activation

Now that I've upgraded Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, what happens if my motherboard fails? Can I use my Windows 8.1 Pro media to install 8.1 to a new PC and go through the Windows 10 upgrade activation ...
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Windows 7 Activation key stop working

I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 a few days ago. Something went wrong, and my computer began to operate extremely slow. After several unsuccessful attempts at troubleshooting, I decided to reinstall ...
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Is Windows 10 usable without activation? [duplicate]

Just want to try Windows 10, but I can't afford to buy it. Can I install it for trial only? As for Windows 8, it is usable without activation as told here. UPDATE I'm also currently using a ...
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Windows 8 product key not working

was was running windows 8.1 for a long time on my laptop. Then a couple of weeks ago i installed windows 10 insider preview and used the product key that was provided by Microsoft to use with windows ...
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Can I install Windows 7 from ISO then activate with key from DVD

If I download a legit windows 7 iso from here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery and I have a legit windows 7 installation DVD (retail, not OEM), can I activate using that product key?
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Windows 10 Upgrade 32-bit to 64-bit

So, Windows 10 Upgrade is being rolled out worldwide, and I have 'reserved' my upgrade. Currently my computer is running Windows 7 Pro 32-bit. I'm planning to 'upgrade' it to Windows 10 64-bit (via ...
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Get my OEMs key [duplicate]

I had Win8 installed on my samsung laptop. But I removed it and the recovery partition too. In fact I nuked my drive. Is there anyway I can get my key back.
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8.1 to 10 setup : Something happened > Setup has failed to validate the product key

Just like millions of other users, I'm attempting to upgrade to windows 10. I have a Dell laptop running 8.1, which had windows reinstalled once. That was because I swapped the HDD out for a SSD and I ...
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Upgrading Windows 7 to 10 and at the same time modifying partitions

The first time I installed Windows 7 it was on a small SSD, so I pre-partitioned the drive so that the installer would not create those extra recovery partitions. Subsequently I migrated the ...
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Windows 10 Home won't activate after clean reinstallation. Error 0x8007232B “DNS name does not exist”

I bought my laptop last summer, and it came with Windows 8.1. I did an upgrade to Windows 10 Home edition today with the ISO using the media creation tool, and it was activated. I then did a clean ...
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Windows 10 “Device Limit Reached”

I have Windows 10 installed on 3 laptops and only 1 of them can be activated. I checked the product keys and they are the SAME. All 3 of those laptops had their own product keys prior to the upgrade. ...
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How does the clean Installation of Windows 10 after the free upgrade work?

I have not found any information from MS - only speculations from people like me, so I hope someone here has had better findings. When I upgrade a qualified version of Windows to Windows 10 and then ...