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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8.1 With bing activation

Yesterday i bought a acer switch 10 and i want to install a clean copy of windows 8.1 to it. There is a product key in the UEFI bios and windows should take the key from it but i tried to install Pro ...
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Windows 10 and OEM activation 3.0 (key in BIOS) for Windows 8 [closed]

Windows 10 is meant to be free of charge for Windows 8 owners in the first year. I have a computer that runs no Windows at all (it runs only Linux). This computer, however, has a Windows 8 key stored ...
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Solved: 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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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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Windows (ALL) OEM activation

Looking for solid confirmation on how Windows(XP,Vista,7,8) OEM can be reinstalled/activated Windows XP (Home/Professional) OEM(SLP) (Dell, HP etc.) Using GRTMHOEM_EN.iso (Generic Home OEM) ...
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Win 8.1 Pro Volume License Activation Issue (can it be reverted to normal?)

Ok, so quick backstory. I needed a new system, but didn't have the funds to buy what I wanted new. I found a used system that was nearly perfect, just needed a bit of ram. Bought it, did everything I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Phone activated multiple Windows 7 OS with same key

I have two laptops, bith are using phone activated Windows 7 Ultimate editions, with with same retail key. I have their activations backed up using a software. Could microsoft de-activate one of the ...
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Windows 7 activation failed, legal product key was used (HP 840 G1 laptop / clean install)

Problem Valid product key is not accepted after clean reinstall. What could be the reason of that and how to pass activation process ? Goal install & activate "clean" windows 7 professional ...
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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 ...
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Activating Windows 8.1 after changing my hard drive

Two years ago I bought a laptop which came with Windows 8 already installed. Upgraded to 8.1 last year. The warranty expired a year ago. I got a new hard drive recently and installed it today. Made ...
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Making a cracked or activated windows uncracked

I have a PC which has windows 7 license but I installed windows from an image I downloaded and it is already activated. For validating genuine Microsoft, I need to enter my own product key but the ...
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Determine Product Key Used to Activate Windows 7

I have an OEM version of Windows 7 running on a recently purchased Dell laptop. The laptop came with only 2 GB of memory but I'd like to upgrade it to 6 GB. To do so will require me to reinstall ...
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Stuck at “waiting to connect” during product activation on Windows 8

I recently did a clean install of Windows 8. The product key was accepted on installation but when I start my computer it keeps telling me to "Activate Windows". I re-entered the key and it has been ...
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Windows 7 product key is blocked by activation server

I bought Windows 7 Ultimate from eBay around 8 months back. I got original Microsoft DVDs (for 32 and 64 bit) product sheet. To verify the genuinness, I activated the windows immediately after ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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Windows Activation Powershell Script

I'm looking for a method to automate activation Windows 7 machines through PowerShell. We get approximately 50 computers a month and it's slowly increasing, so manual activation is no longer possible ...
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Windows 7 Activation

I sent a Windows 7 Pro x64 system to a colleague that I thought was completely configured but it turns out it wasn't yet activated. When he booted the first time it came up with a registration screen ...
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Windows 8.1 shows activated in computer property, but i encounter message saying 'windows will expire soon'

I have got my Lenovo Z50-70 about one month ago with Windows 8.1 Installed. It keeps flashing the message 'Your Windows will expire soon' But when I check activation status it shows me its ...
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How to activate Windows XP in VMware Player

I used a copy of Windows XP that seems to be called "modern.ie" a couple of times in VMware Player, for configuring a USB device that only has XP drivers. The host system is Windows 7 Professional ...
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Transportable Windows 8.1 installation

I have a Windows 8.1 system I need to move between two computers, without loosing activation. I have a computer at one location, where it is installed and activated. Then the hard drive is shipped to ...
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Why would my Windows XP suddenly become “not activated”?

I have a Windows XP system that has been running fine for a long time. However, yesterday I rebooted it for the first time in a while, and when it came back up, it did not let me log in to the system ...
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Where can I download a copy of Windows 8 (64 Bit) to use with my previously purchased activation key? [closed]

I just bought an HP ultrabook running Windows 8 with no installation media. I also bought an SSD hard drive. My plan was to install windows 8 on the SSD I purchased. Without any installation media ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro unable to open 'PC Settings', 'Windows Store', Windows Activation, or any Metro app

A few days ago my old system died, so I moved the hard drive into a new system (one and then another, actually, as I was trying to piece together the best system from old spare parts). Of course, it ...
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Office 2010 Professional Plus Trial - Product Activation Fails

I have installed Office 2010 Professional Plus Beta trial (x64 version) from MSFT site. Every thing worked fine initially. But after I rebooted machine (Win7 x64), and started Outlook 2010, i see an ...
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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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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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Change Windows 8 license type in-place

Short version: I have Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition installed and need to activate it, but I only have a legal consumer-version license key. Can I "downgrade" the installed OS to the proper version ...
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How to activate Windows Embedded Standard 2009?

I downloaded Windows Embedded Standard 2009 from my MSDN subscription and built a target image. I installed the image on an HP thin client. The thin client says that I have and evaluation copy. How ...
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How can I activate windows with slmgr.vbs?

I am trying to activate a copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 through the command line. Regardless of what I try, I am unable to activate Windows except through the GUI. Things I've tried: #using slmgr ...