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Questions tagged [windows-activation]

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

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Can't activate my Windows 10 Pro

I found the key below the battery but still can't use it. The "some of these characters can't be used in the product key" appears every time.
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OEM license activation for Windows 10 Home within VirtualBox on Ubuntu guest

Context Three years ago my company got me a Lenovo T550 with Windows 10 Home installed on it (my understanding is that this is called "OEM"). I immediately erased everything to install Ubuntu on it. ...
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Windows 10 Licensing using Embedded 8/8.1 Key [closed]

I've asked this question at Microsoft Answers, TechNet, had two chat sessions with MS support, and been on the phone with "Pro" support for an hour and a half. At the end of the "Pro" support I was ...
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Power Shell Remotely Activate Windows

So i have a pc with full access to the internal network (for what i need to do) And Im not sure if this is a code issue or my not understanding things. But Im trying to activate windows 7 hp remotely ...
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Recover Windows 8 Product Key after upgrade to windows 10

My PC came preinstalled with windows 8. I upgraded it to windows 10, and linked it to my microsoft account. After this I erased windows 10 from the Hard drive. So now, I want to install windows 7. I ...
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Windows 10 installed on an external ssd with Mac Mojave: What happens to Windows activation if the external ssd is wiped/failed?

I recently installed Windows 10 Edu to my external ssd on my Mac Mojave through WinToUsb. So, when I hold option key during the booting, it allows me to choose to boot from my external hard drive ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from activating with Win 8.1 embedded BIOS key? [duplicate]

Let's say I have one of those Windows 8.1 Pro PCs that have the product key embedded in the BIOS. When you install Windows 10 to this, it will activate using that Windows 8.1 BIOS key. However let's ...
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Reactivating Windows 10 OEM guest after transferring from Xen to Virtualbox

I had a Windows 10 Pro (OEM) installation running as a guest on a Xenserver 6.5 host. The host has crashed and I copied the VHD file directly from the host to another host running Virtualbox. I was ...
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How to reset Windows 10 to the default DPK (the one installed in BIOS) on HP laptop?

Some time ago I have activated my Windows Education licence key on the HP laptop to extend my Windows 10 capabilities. Right now I would like to sell the laptop to some new user, so I have reset the ...
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Windows 10 Pro activation suddenly lost

One year ago I bought an Asus Notebook with preinstalled Windows 10 Home which I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro (upgrade bought in the Microsoft store). The activation of Windows 10 Pro worked with no ...
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After activating Windows 10, do I need to connect to the Internet ever again?

I have a computer which I can initially connect to the Internet for activation, but would like to use in an offline setting after that. I can't find whether my activation is valid forever, or if it ...
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Activate windows 10 after re-installing (I have lost my product key) [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo T430 laptop. In 2017, I installed Windows 10 using my original Windows 7 product key. Unfortunately, I cannot find that product key anymore. I need to re-install windows 10. Will it be ...
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Cannot activate Windows 10 Enterprise E3

I bought a windows 10 enterprise E3 license. I have logged in with my admin @mydomain.onmicossoft.com account, created a new user and assigned the license to it. I then logged in with that user and ...
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Windows 10 USB install flash drive: Rufus vs Microsoft Media Creation Tool

Is there any material functional difference, in the resulting USB install stick, between creating a USB install with a .iso file via Rufus vs. the MS media creation tool. The reason that I am asking ...
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I want to sell my laptop but retain my windows 10 license

My laptop has Windows 10 Pro retail license. I wish to retain this license for myself and not give it away with the device. I will be doing a full reset and data wipe (of course). But I want to know ...
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Why does my Windows 10 OEM have 2 different keys?

My laptop came pre installed with OEM Windows 10. To get rid of several bloat-wares that come with oem windows 10, I did a clean install of Windows 10 using downloaded ISO, installer created on Pen ...
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How do i find out which Windows do i need?

I had to reinstall my laptop, and "luckily" my recovery disk is broken... My laptop is too old to get help from the manufacturer or the seller, BUT i have the Windows serial key at the bottom of the ...
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Avoid automatic activation attempt in Windows 10 with builtin key

I've bought a Dell XPS 15 with Windows 10 Pro. The key for activation seems to be manufactured into the BIOS/UEFI without the possibility for me to change this inbuilt key. Fine. I decided to use a ...
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Windows 10 REtail on OEM laptop

There’s a possibility that this type of question might have been asked before, but I am not able to find the exact reference on this site. Soon I am going to buy a laptop with Windows 10 OEM. (Most ...
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Windows 10 Home asks for activation on 1803

My apologies if this has already been posted but I am unable to find information on this problem. I have a client running copy of Windows 10 (running the 1803 update) which he upgraded from Windows 8. ...
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Software Protection service fails to start

Software Protection service fails to start with error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. One of the effects of this issue is that Windows is not ...
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Genuine or not Genuine - Windows 7 is confused

I have a fully-licensed, genuine Win7 installation that I recently had to overlay a new OS on, after some issues. I reinstalled over the top of the existing OS to retain as much of the existing data ...
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Update Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB and keep activation status

My situation is almost identical to this question. I have just bought a used laptop that has Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB v1507, Build 10240. Windows is activated, but i don't know the product key. I ...
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Windows 7 Activation with Virtual Hardware [closed]

I'm looking for a type of hypervisor that has full hardware virtualization so that a Windows 7 activation will never become invalid in the future. I've read that some hypervisors use the host system'...
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Get Windows Vista ISO from Product Key [duplicate]

I have recently found a Packard Bell PC with an OEM key for Windows Vista Home Premium. Is there a way to get the installation files legally by using the key? (aka the ISO)
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Accidentally uninstalled product key of windows 7?

So someone trolled me and made me run "slmgr.vbs /upk" in command prompt. Now my product key is uninstalled. I just borrowed this laptop and the owner of this laptop doesn't know much about what is ...
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How to Remove Windows Activation Watermark?

I loaded a windows system image onto my computer that I built a couple years ago, and everything worked fine until about a week ago. A watermark appeared out of nowhere that says "Activate Windows." ...
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Using Win7 key to activate Win10 is valid for clean instalations?

I installed Win10 Pro using my Win7 Pro license key in my laptop with Win10 Home Basic when it was free to do it, making a new clean installation, and now I have Win10 Pro activated with that key. ...
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Will I be able to reactivate Windows after Motherboard Change?

My computer is a custom-built machine, and I want to upgrade the motherboard, processor and RAM. I am running Windows 7 Pro, and am using a valid volume license that we own. After I upgrade the ...
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Windows 7 to Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 [duplicate]

Dell Latitude E6430, that originally came with Windows 7 Pro from Dell. COA says "Windows 7 Pro OA". Successfully updated to Windows 10 Pro when the update was available freely. I now have reasons (...
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Where is Windows 10 activation key?

So, I'm having big trouble trying to fix my friend's computer. She stopped a Window's update shutting down the computer (I know, it hurts just to read). Now the PC is not booting. I tried everything ...
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How to find lost product key from a previous windows installation

Many years ago, my pc originally came - as far as I can recall, with a windows 7 installation. I can't quite recall. This installation was activated with a product key, as always. This I can tell ...
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Activation/Upgrade Error 0x803fa067

I tried to Updgrade my windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. I tried it with the default key that upgrades Windows 10 to pro without activating it(which is done in the second step). The Universal-Key ...
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How to avoid upgrading Windows 7 to 10? [duplicate]

I've upgraded my desktop computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 long time back. So initially I had Windows 7 Pro license. Now I need to re-install Windows10 on the same desktop computer. Question - do ...
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Activate Windows pops up after latest Insider update [duplicate]

I am an Insider on the Fast pace for Active Development of Windows. 5 days ago, I had installed the latest Insider update released on 13th December, 2017 (Build:17063.rs_prerelease.171213-1610). After ...
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How to reactivate Win 10 without microsoft account

I recently upgraded the hardware of my PC and afterwards my Win 10 was deactivated. I do not have it linked to a Microsoft account. Which options do I have to activate it again? Further information:...
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A Modem over MSTSC and Microsoft Activation

I have a large number of servers remotely located , many of which are VMs, all of which have no connection to Microsoft - so I've investigated if I can add a Modem physically connected to a laptop ...
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Activate Win10 Enterprise with Upgrade Key

I have a valid lot of upgrade licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise, but the activation agent won't accept it. How do I make it accept it? I also have valid lot licenses for WinXP Pro Install and Win7 ...
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Windows 10 activation no longer valid after two years on Surface Pro 1

On my Surface Pro 1, I upgraded to Windows 10 while they were still offering it as a free upgrade (around July-August 2015). Windows reported that it was activated and everything worked fine. On 9/3/...
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How many times can Windows 10 be reactivated with a digital license when hardware changes are detected?

I just managed to boot the same Windows 10 installation both natively and from Arch Linux in a VM. I'm currently running it natively and just got it activated with my digital license. This is Windows ...
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Moving Windows 10 to Linux VMware on same hardware

I have a local installation of Windows 10, activated and bound to hardware. Does anybody know if it is possible to transfer this activation into a virtual machine on the same computer, only with ...
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How to activate Windows 10 Pro with a refurb license

I recently purchased a refurbished HP laptop that came with Windows 10 Pro installed and has a "WINDOWS 10 PRO FOR REFURB PCS" product key sticker. I then installed an SSD into the laptop and did a ...
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How to activate Windows 8.1 with Bing Processor

Apparently Windows 8.1 with Bing Processor is different than Windows 8.1. Where do I get an iso (from a legit source), or how can I activate? Currently I have Windows 8.1 installed and it does not ...
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Cannot activate Windows 10 [duplicate]

I bought a Windows 7 Pro licence a couple of years ago. The installation got activated, of course. I've been working on the machine for some years. Of course, the licence has been used only on this ...
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Windows 7 activation fail (slui.exe) 0x80070002

I'm trying to upgrade from a unlicensed windows 7 to a purchased Windows 10 edition. Both are Home Premium editions, in the same language, so I should be able to upgrade without problem. But n the ...
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Genuine Windows 10?

I bought a laptop from Craigslist, upon inspection, I click on system and see that It has windows 10 pro 64 bit and product is activated. So I feel it was legit. Paid the person and left . at home,...
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Upgrade Windows 10 Home (non-N) to Education N?

Cheers, I've clicked myself an Education version key from my university's MSDN-AA Dreamspark Imagine platform. My regular Windows is an OEM key upgrade from Windows 8, non-N; the uni only offers N ...
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Removing “Windows is not genuine” warning

I get the "Your Windows version might not be genuine" warning, even though I have a legit copy of Windows 7. But I can't enter the product key for some reason (it says "Activation status not available"...
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Transferring Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard lisence key?

I'm thinking of purchasing a copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, and I plan on installing it on a machine I have. The issue is I plan to use a completely different machine with completely ...
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How to verify Windows 10 activation after cloning?

I have 10 identical PCs which I upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. I started this process with 2 PCs. I upgraded them individually from 7 to 10 and after Windows 10 started (connected to the internet) I ...