Questions tagged [windows-activation]

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Converting manually activated Windows 10 to a digital license?

Bought Windows 10 Pro retail. It is a serial key. Activated it on a computer. About Windows said something like "activation is associated with a Microsoft account". Formatted that computer. And ...
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Windows Bitlocker errors

So, I actually stumped Microsoft with this one... Anyways, I have a Dell computer on Windows 7 Enterprise. The company this computer was from and I do not know the Bitlocker key, password, or ...
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How to remove Windows 10 digital licence [duplicate]

I want to activate Windows with a product key by doing a clean install.Is it possible to get rid of digital entitlement on a system
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Windows server 2008 R2 180 days activation in Virtualbox

I have a testing machine that needs Windows server 2008 R2 running in virtualbox. My issue is that every time I try to activate windows I get the error "security error 0x80072F8F" I set the clock ...
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Windows 10 Activation with Office 365 E5

I have a Windows 10 Enterprise Azure domain joined machine where the user has an Microsoft 365 E5 subscription. The watermark for activating Windows is on the screen and can't seem to get rid of it. ...
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Activation Windows 10 with 25 digit key [duplicate]

I have built a new PC and had to buy Windows from retailer store. During the installation I entered the 25 digit key. Created only local account. Now I was curious about the installation process ...
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I have deleted my C:\Windows\System32\spp folder. Is there any way to restore it? [duplicate]

It seems a bit weird but as the title says, I accidentally deleted the folder permanently (C:\Windows\System32\spp). Is there any way to restore it, because these commands does not seem to check that ...
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Disable use of UEFI OEM Key

I am having a fun issue on some laptops with windows 10, when installing from my image everything works great, windows is activated with the license included, office and all other programs are ...
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Unable to reactivate windows on a new PC

I had earlier asked a question here on SU.SE. It was suggested to me that I should firstly deactivate windows on older PC and then try to activate windows on the new PC. I have deactivated windows on ...
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Transfer a Windows 10 license to a new PC

I have purchased a new PC and I would like to transfer Windows license from my old PC to the new one. I am using Windows 10 (which was upgraded from Win 8.1) on my older computer and is activated ...
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How do I activate WindowsXP now that support has ended?

What Options are there to activate Windows XP nowadays? The "regular" methods provided with XP (phone and online) don't work anymore. The phone number is not valid for activation anymore (I tried the ...
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Lost windows 10 product key

I have brought windows 10 (cd/dvd) And after long time I need to format my pc. So I did it and now I am not getting my product key. Means I lost the outer cover of cd.. Now I have only the cd. Can I ...
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Windows thinks my hardware has changed and is no longer activated

I have a Lenovo Workstation that came pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. I purchased this about 3 months ago, and the first thing I did was install a new SSD and a clean copy of ...
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How to Retrieve Windows 10 key? [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 copy that I upgraded for free Windows 10 a few years back. My SSD is getting too small to I want to swap it with a new SSD. I want to do a complete wipe and install everything fresh ...
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Windows 10 Enterprise Activation for Remote Worker

Where I'm at, we have a Windows 10 deployment image (*.wim file) we push to all PCs. The current version of the image uses Windows 10 Enterprise x64 1803. After deployment of the image we let Windows ...
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How to remove Windows Product Key from BIOS?

I recently installed windows 8.1 on my new laptop. I want to transfer the product key from my old laptop to my new laptop. I tried removing the key from these commands: slmgr /upk slmgr /cpky This ...
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Does cloning Windows 10 to a larger SSD require activation?

I am planning to buy a Windows-10 desktop and will clone an image file of the Windows-10 drive: possibly for future use in larger SSD. When the Clonezilla file is imaged to a larger SSD, should I ...
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Recovery windows 10 home key

I had Windows 10 Home (it was preinstalled on my notebook), but I needed Hyper-V to try something, so I found university which has a CD key for Windows 10 Student version on their website and I used ...
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Which SLIC version do I have and is it valid?

I have purchased my laptop in 2011. I have some SLIC ACPI table but IIRC FreeDOS was pre‐installed. I have done hexdump on it. Here is output: 0000000 4c53 4349 0024 0000 ac01 4553 4343 4453 0000010 ...
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Windows Activation Errors

I have an Acer Aspire 5 Laptop that is very recently bought and came with Windows 10 pre-installed. It was never activated, and a blank page showed up in the Activation Menu of Settings. I tried to ...
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Can't activate Windows 10 Pro with license linked to Microsoft account or product key

I'm trying to activate a new Windows installation using the digital license that's associated with my Microsoft account. On the old (activated) pc, I can go to the activation setting and see the "...
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Project 2010 active directory activation vs KMS

Does Project 2010 support Active Directory Activation instead of traditional KMS? We run Windows 10 and Server 2012, however, can not see support for Office 2010 products.
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Set KMS server from Windows S Mode

I did a fresh install of Windows Enterprise N To get out of Windows S mode I need to activate Windows I can't run the batch script from IT, or slmgr.vbs, which means I can't change the KMS server to ...
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Windows Update Center gives me error C0000022

I have already started to think that it wasn't a good idea to format my PC on my own, so this is the issues I'm facing right now. Like 2 weeks ago I could easily use the Windows update services,but ...
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How can I check if Windows is activated from the command prompt or powershell?

If I want to check whether Windows is activated, but I can't be bothered to dive into the menu system or am on a version of Windows without Desktop Experience (such as Server Core), how can I check ...
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Why would my de-activated windows 10 pro product key become a windows 10 home product key when I use it to install windows 10 pro onto another pc

I am setting up a new PC with Windows 10 Pro by deactivating an old PCs windows 10 Pro product key. I deactivated the old PC with the 2 commands "slmgr /upk" and "slmgr /cpky". I then proceeded to ...
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How to deactivate Windows 10 I got from Microsoft Imagine in order to sell PC

My university is part of Microsoft Imagine program and this is how I got product key for Windows 10. In meantime I got new machine and installed Windows 10 with same product key. I want to sell my ...
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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 VirtualBox guest, on Ubuntu host

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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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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