Windows cases. For activating other software products, use [software-activation].

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Retrieving OEM-SLP key from OEM Recovery DVD

I have a number of HP ProDesk 600 G1. I use Windows Deployment Server (WDS) to deploy a custom image to these machines (effectively removing HP bloatware) and I'm trying to find the OEM-SLP key. I ...
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Can I change a Windows Server 2012 product key later?

Suppose I have a personal key through DreamSpark, but I'm still waiting for a company key (site licence or something). Can I install Windows Server 2012 on our dev server now with my personal key so ...
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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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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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How do I find out which product key was used to activate Windows?

I have several retail copies of Windows 7. Normally I make a note of which product key was used to activate which PC. Unfortunately, I slipped up. I've just reinstalled Windows 7 on a PC, and I'd ...
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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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Windows 2008 Server Unable to activate with other methods

I'm trying to activate windows 2008 server SP2 today since the activation trial is done. I do not have an internet connection with this server so I can not activate online, and with the other ...
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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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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 8.1 Professional DVD only installs Windows 8.1 Standard

I've just bought a genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit Full Version DVD with COA and Key I'm installing the software on a blank formatted hard drive, but when it's finished its only installed ...
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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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Windows 7 “no longer genuine” after cloning failing hard drive to new hard drive with Norton Ghost

I have a laptop. Every time it booted, Windows 7 popped up an error message stating that the hard drive had reported a fault and that it should be backed up. I cloned the drive using Norton Ghost to ...
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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 8 Activation - Product ID: Not available

The situation: I downloaded Windows 8 RTM from MSDN (I have a subscription). Naturally, I downloaded the product key as well. Windows 8 installed like a dream: lightning fast with no problems. I ...
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Unable to login to Windows XP after activation

I have just re-installed Windows XP Pro (SP2) on a computer using the OEM key stuck to the bottom of the PC. The installation went without incident but the first time I tried to log into Windows, I ...
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Make a clone of VirtualBox Machine that doesn't cause Windows Re-Activation after installing Windows

Most guides for installing Windows on VirtualBox to act as a template for quick Windows jobs tell you to take a few steps to prepare the Virtual Machine before installing Windows (the best guide I ...
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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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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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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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How many times can a Win 7 Professional serial be activated?

Not doing any piracy work but I format my computer some times more than I should. I hear that there is a number of times a win 7 key can be used for activation. is that true? If so how many times can ...
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Windows 7 product activation failed, but the previous activation code worked — is there anything to worry about?

Alright, so there was a few reasons that made me have to reinstall Windows 7 onto my machine. I am running on a Lenovo Ideapad Y480. When Windows 7 was reinstalled, it asked me for my product ...
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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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Install my own copy of Windows 7 Retail on a Lenovo PC with BIOS-based license

I have acquired a Lenovo PC. Whatever OS was installed is long gone, the hard drive is totally wiped. I plan to install my own (legitimate) copy of Windows 7 x64 Retail. The BIOS seems to have some ...
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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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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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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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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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Recover Windows 8 Activation Key after upgrade to Windows 10

I have somewhat of an interesting problem that might not have a solution, but it never hurts to ask. I am trying to find my Windows 8 Activation key that came with the operating system when it was pre-...
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OEM Product Key from Product ID?

I re-installed my Windows 7 installation and I am being asked for the Product Key. But alas, stupid me, I had jotted down the Product ID and not the actual Product Key. Unfortunately, I lost the ...
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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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How do I re-activate Windows 7 after Windows has decided it is no longer genuine after an update?

Windows just recently decided that it was no longer genuine and it keeps telling me that I need to re-activate. However, the dialog that pops up asking me if I want to make it genuine seems to crash ...
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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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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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Is it possible to switch between Windows 7 Editions?

Related question: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I am currently running Windows 7 Enterprise ...
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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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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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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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Disable XP's “Days Left for Activation” Notifications

I am a web developer and most of the websites I work with still require Internet Explorer 8 support. I prefer to run the Windows XP virtual machine available at http://modern.ie/ for Internet Explorer ...
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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 ...