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Installing Windows 8 without the key

I have a Sony Vaio Pro laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 8. I wiped the disk and now I don’t have the original system left any more. For my misfortune, the laptop didn’t have a Windows ...
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Reverting an activated Windows 8 Toshiba laptop to Windows 7

I have just acquired a near new Toshiba P50 laptop. These PC's allow the user to choose between W7-64 and W8 when they are first switched on. The previous owner has chosen Windows 8 and this reports ...
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Hardware changes to require XP Activation ? (for a Virtual Machine)

I have WXP-64 running on a VM and, for testing and performance reasons, I would like to occasionally change the allocations for it. Changes might include: Number of CPU cores, Amount of RAM Add/...
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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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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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Reinstalling OEM Windows 7 Without Original Disc?

My grandfathers 2 year old Dell laptop recently suffered a hard drive failure. I purchased a replacement hard drive and installed it for him. Unfortunately no Windows disc was provided with the ...
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MGADiag.exe reports Tempered Files

One day, my Windows 7 Ultimate said it's not genuine copy (but I bought it from retail channel). Then I follow the tutorials online to download MGADiag.exe to check the Windows Activation status. It ...
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reinstalling vista product key

I recently formatted my laptop which came with Vista preinstalled and installed Windows 7 on the primary partition. I've now installed Vista on a different partition, but it won't activate my valid ...
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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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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 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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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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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 it possible to reinstall and activate Win 8 for other account?

This might be a stupid question but I couldn't find answer anywhere and I want to be sure before I do something irreversible. I'm selling my computer with Windows 8 which I have bought and activated. ...
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What is going to happen if I activate oem windows on two computers?

What if I activate oem os with a key on a computer and after do the same on another? What will be displayed on the firts computer, which one will be blocked?
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Windows Server 2012 is telling me it's not activated when it is

I have a Windows Server 2012 Machine were I need to do some development. The machine is a Hyper-V VM. I activated it with a valid key and restarted the VM. After it booted up again, I went into system ...
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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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My windows 8 recovery drive I created prompts me for “installation media” when I try to refresh/reset

I created a Windows 8 recover drive on a USB stick. I can boot from it and get to the options to refresh/reset my installation. However, after I select either option it prompts me to "insert my ...
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Convert OEM Windows XP box to virtual machine?

I know I can technically convert an existing Windows XP box to a virtual machine. (e.g. VMWare converter). What I do not quite understand is whether I can then actuall use this image/guest. The ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Activating Windows 7 from WinPE recovery disk

Currently I am creating a Windows PE image in order to perform some common tasks outside of the actual operating system (as a recovery disk). A few of the tasks that this image will be able to perform ...
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I have to activate my win8 pro whenever I connect to the internet

Four months ago I bought Windows8 Pro and activated it. I have had no problems at all until a few days ago: every time I connect to the Internet a notification by the Action Center pops up and ...
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Problems with Sysprep

I was on Windows 8 until sometime ago, then my HDD port broke and i had to change for something like... Ubuntu bootable live DVD, i used it to manage the creation of something smaller to get into a ...
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Activate windows on a network with authentication

I have installed a windows 8 consumer preview on my PC. But there is a network with authentication required. When I try to activate windows, it doesn't ask me for credentials, and it shows an error......
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When does plug and play detection occur in the sysprep process?

I am working on a Windows 7 image for my organization. We use a Token based activation package which requires installation during audit mode. Here is my process On my Master computer: Using our ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8.1 - How to Activate Multiple Machines

So, I work for a company that recently purchased around 50 HP slim line desktops (System Model: HP EliteDesk 800 G1 USDT). Each machine has Windows 8 already installed. The machines ...
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Can Windows 8/8.1 Full Version be used to upgrade Windows 7 install which has lost its product activation?

tl;dr: Can I buy a Windows 8/8.1 full version disk and use it to upgrade a Windows 7 computer without losing all my programs even if that Windows 7 install is saying it's not a valid copy of Windows (...
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Is a Windows 7 license key country specific?

I am specifically interested in Retail versions of the OS. I have read this question and this question on the site, but they are both quite old, so I was wondering if anything had changed in the ...
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windows/office licenses after image capture

I am trying to create non sysprepped recovery images for individual laptops. Will the Windows and Office activation be retained after reapplying the image? The purpose of it is to spend as little ...
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Win7 activation

Yesterday the computer asked me to I activate it, because "more hardware changed"... No one of them changed really, the last hw changing was in the last year in this notebook. What I did? I don't ...