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Activating Win10 before free upgrade offer expires

I have a bunch of Win7 and Win8 systems that I plan to upgrade to Win10 only after a couple of months. Before July 29 I plan to install Win10 1511 to a new partition on each system (i.e. dual boot), ...
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Windows 10 will not activate on corporate network and slmgr.vbs gives me permission errors

I'm running Windows 10 Enterprise at work. Everyone else seems to have activated just fine, but my machine is not activating, even though I am on the same network. This error appears on the ...
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Error code 0xd0000272 activating upgraded Windows 10

Recently I installed a Pro version of Windows 7 and activated it successfully. Then I ran Windows Media Creation Tool and upgraded the activated Windows 7 directly to Windows 10. The version of the ...
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Windows 10 Single Language Edition Fails Activation

My question is - what version Win10 should I have downloaded to replace Win7 home premium. I want to make another DVD to do the same on another laptop. Computer has label. Nirsoft Produkey found a ...
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Activate Windows 10 upgrade free

I've upgraded to Windows 10 Pro using the free upgrade from Windows 8.1. After the upgrade, I am told to "activate windows" because "Windows isn't activated". When I go to the settings, they ask me ...
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OEM windows activation multiple times

I have bought a laptop with a preinstalled OEM Windows 10 Home and created a image of it Hard Disk for backup purposes. Now, in Activation tab I see that the Windows is not activated yet. Does OEM ...
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SSD death reinstall windows 10 with existing windows 7 key

My SSD is totally dead. Really dead, i can't see it in the explorer connected over USB, it's not shown in the BIOS, it's not shown in a linux live environment.. Really dead. So the problem is that my ...
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Am I able to activate Windows 7 after support ends (either mainstream or extended support)?

OEM packages of Windows 7 Professional are still available at several online retailers. My understanding is that such packages contain both physical media (disc) and an actiavtion code (printed on ...
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What hardware changes are allowed for Windows 8 and 8.1 64 bits machines?

If one upgrade the motherboard (change a new motherboard), Windows OS will ask you to re-activate. So, what hardware changes / upgrades are allowed for Windows 8 and 8.1 64-bits machines?
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Will resetting my windows 10 keep my activation?

If I use the windows 10 build-in reset functionality: Settings Update & security Recovery Reset this PC will I keep my windows activation?
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Windows XP Virtual Machine, Authentication Woes

Before making the leap to Windows 10, I imaged my XP laptop to a VMware instance. I had issue with "activating" it, as the hardware changed and when I called Microsoft, I was told it was end of life ...
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Windows 10 activation on Dell laptops

Having a Windows 10 activation issue which I think is specific to Dell laptops. Did a clean windows 10 install on my Dell XPS 15. Under settings-Activation there is an error which says Activation ...
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Unable to activate Windows 8.1

I had to reset my Windows 8 laptop to factory settings because an application downloaded from the Microsoft official page totally ruined the OS and now I cannot activate Windows. When I enter product ...
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Getting error code 0xc004f210 when trying to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 8 product key

I have a Lenovo G580 laptop that came with pre-loaded Windows 8 on it. I did a fresh install to Windows 10 using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool and rebooted then the installer asked me for the ...
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Uninstall Windows 10, but save licence key

I'm pretty sick of cleaning out viruses from my grandparents' computers and so I'd like them to give linux a try. Given that they only use their computers for basic web-browsing, this shouldn't be an ...
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Windows 10 planned re-installation without losing activation

I recently upgraded from windows 7 Ultimate to windows 10 Pro. My question is- How to re-install windows 10 pro after wiping the HDD without losing my license? Where are the activation files to take ...
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Unactivated Windows 7 reboot after 48 hours?

I think I remember reading that unactivated Windows 7 will reboot or do something similar after a set amount of time (48 hours). I have not been able to find a source that says this is true. ...
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Is there any way to get Windows 8 (not 8.1) Installation Media if I only have access to Windows 8.1?

Long story short, I've got a device and an OEM Product Key for a licence for Windows 8 on it. After a complicated journey of many upgrades and downgrades now I find myself with Windows 8.1 installed ...
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Can I boot Windows 8.1 from a duplicated HDD?

If I've got an hardware HDD duplicator and two identical harddrives (by "identical" I mean same brand, exact same model, but not the same serial number) and if I use the duplicator to make an exact ...
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When can Windows Activate?

I tried to activate Windows, but its resulting in the message "Windows can't activate. Try again later". I then tried Help and Support, but it does not discuss the message its providing. So my ...
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Windows 10 - I try to enter product key, but “Some of these characters can't appear in the product key”

I recently installed Windows 10 with a legal download of the Iso file. When I open settings, there is a link to a setting labeled, "Windows isn't activated. Activate windows now." But if I try to ...
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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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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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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 'slui....
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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 with error 0xc004f210

I am trying to activate Windows Home Single Language 10 (latest build 10586) using a Windows 8.1 Single Language Product Key. But it's 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 http://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-...
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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 ...