Questions tagged [windows-activation]

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Does windows digital entitlement do anything more than activate your copy of windows?

So I understand the basics of how windows digital entitlement works, your hardware fingerprint is sent to windows activation servers and if it matches a machine that’s already activated windows once ...
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Windows Server 2003 - Can't Activate. Message number: 32777

I am building a test lab with version of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise in my Hyper-V environment. This Windows Server 2003 64 bit was downloaded from MSDN. This is needed to install a specific ...
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Windows activation after reinstalling? [duplicate]

Hey Guys I have a Lenovo laptop which came pre installed with a copy of windows 10 Home. For some reasons I need to install Linux in my system, so my doubt is will the windows will be activated if in ...
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Disabling telemetry in the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC evaluation

I'm having trouble installing the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC evaluation version. At the end of the installation, I am still taken through tons of dark patterns regarding consumer-level features, and ...
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Is an already using windows 10 pro licence transferable to another PC?

I have a laptop that had windows 10 home pre-installed when purchased. I installed Ubuntu in it. After that, I installed windows 10 pro in it. Then bought windows 10 pro license and using that product ...
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Do I really need to re-activate my own Windows 8.1 installation in case of a transplant (aka salvaged) HDD?

My old laptop (HP Pavilion dv2) was getting too slow, too old and it failed occassionally. I was able to physically extract the HDD, so, I got a new but previously owned laptop, without a hard drive. ...
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Turn off Windows 10 “Activate Windows” fullscreen popup

My copy of Windows 10 is not activated, due to errors involving multiple Windows resets (from an already activated copy of Windows). As a result, every so often (every 2 hours or so) I get a big, blue ...
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Re-installing windows to a VM

Just got a new Lenovo Legion and want to wipe drive and install Linux as the primary OS, and then use my current Windows 10 as a VM on Linux. Will I need to retrive the product key or I do not need to ...
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Laptop hard drive died. How do I activate Windows 10 on the new hard drive?

My laptop hard drive has died and I am replacing it with a new SSD. I am downloading a tool from Microsoft's website to install Windows 10 on the new drive, but how do I activate it? Windows 10 came ...
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I want to undo the auto-hide for the taskbar but my windows 10 pro is not activited

My Taskbar is in auto hide mode because I downloaded a application to auto hide it when I didn't know what that meant, once I pressed on auto hide and looked at it for some time I didn't want it and ...
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Can windows-activated laptop can be detected when it's on through ActiveDirectory or some other way?

I know it's a long shot, but since I'm not knowledgeable enough in this matter, I'd like to hear from experts. I'd like to know when my brother's laptop is on. I don't have access to it and I don't ...
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Cannot activate windows, must upgrade windows 10 pro to windows 10 pro

My Windows 10 pro suddenly got deactivated. Why? When I go into settings and Activation Settings in windows 10 pro, I get a message reading Edition Windows 10 Pro Activation Windows is not activated ...
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I didn't provide a product key. Why is my Windows activated? [duplicate]

Update (Clarification) I ordered this PC from a very reliable store. I told them what parts I want (CPU, GPU, chassis, etc.), and they assembled it. Since I did not request an OS, they made sure that ...
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Are Windows 10 editions (Home/Pro) key-based or installation-based?

I'd built a new PC and purchased a Windows 10 Home edition activation key. During the Windows 10 ISO file creation, I didn't see any options to create installation files for Home or Pro edition, just ...
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Unable to activate Windows 10 on a Dell PC

I have a computer that I need to reinstall from scratch - disk failed. But it is a weird one... This is 5547 laptop that came originally with Windows 8.1 Pro (says so on the invoice, shipping ...
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Windows 10 activated without key [duplicate]

I bought a new PC last week (assembled myself, i.e. no prebuilt PC). I installed Linux Mint as the first OS, today I installed Windows 10 on a separate harddrive (which I used before in a Linux ...
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Can I re-activate existing Windows 10 OEM installation by the phone robot? (Moving old SSD to new PC) [duplicate]

I know that OEM licenses cannot be transfered to new Windows installations, but in this case I am moving existing Windows 10 installation with the SSD to a new setup. My Microsoft-account is tied to ...
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Activate Windows 10 Home on VM with OEM Product Key

I have bought a laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 10. I installed a Linux distribution as dual boot and then installed VM Ware on Linux. Then to use Windows just for a few occasions and to ...
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HDD to SDD windows 10 - activation [duplicate]

I want to replace internal HDD to a SSD. My laptop's Windows 10 activation key is in its BIOS. I don't want to clone the HDD. What steps do I need to follow for clean Windows 10 installation in SSD? ...
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Windows 10 Insider Activation Error

I recently upgraded to Windows Insider 20H1 and I am getting an error where it shows that Windows will expire but in the Control Panel it shows that Windows is activated. Please help me. Update @Jhon ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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