Questions tagged [windows-activation]

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Microsoft Office (ofice 2021) MSFT Activation Key - using on future PC builds

If I purchased a developer intended Office 2021 key from a reseller (obviously not meant to be resold), and use it on one PC it works fine. If I rebuild the OS the activation system sees this rebuild ...
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How to do a Windows Server 2008 R2 activation without internet connection? [duplicate]

I need to reactivate a server but when I go to activate it, the only option is to go online and the server isn't on the internet. Is there a way to run the activator to get right to the phone ...
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How have I activated my copy of Windows 10?

When I left my old job about four years ago, they let me keep my laptop, which was running Win7. A few months ago, this developed a boot problem so I completely wiped it and installed Win10 from ...
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Extracting a windows 7 key from a drive that doesn't boot

I have three drives: Drive 1 has an ubuntu install which boots on my PC Drive 2 has a windows 10 install without a product key/unactivated which boots on my PC Drive 3 has a windows 7 partition as ...
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Windows 7 doesn't accept product key after cancelling the installation of windows 10

I had a licensed version of windows 7( I don't remember which version though) and I was upgrading it to win 10. during the Installation there was an error saying "system registry contains ...
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Windows 10 activation error (0xC004F211)

I have Windows 10 installed in a virtual machine on VirtualBox. Recently, I switched out the hard drive in that host system, for an SSD, and migrated the VM back onto that machine. I.e. all that has ...
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How do I automatically increase the Microsoft KMS Server counter above the threshold?

KMS server counter always drop beneath the "activation threshold" and it's very frustrating increasing it manually (above 25 for OS and 5 for Office activations). C:\Users\Administrator> ...
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backup oem installation without install

Situation: Purchased HP prodesk from amazon, do not want windows on the machine at this time. Never started up windows 1st boot. A handful of times the system did not properly boot from usb and ...
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Windows 10 is Activated Using Organization's Activation Service Instead of Digital License

Windows 10 Pro came with my machine and it used to say "Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account." UPDATE: Correcting the above information. My PC was ...
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Windows 10 Activation Failed to schedule Software Protection

Can't seem to be able to activate a Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, 10.0.17763 N/A Build 17763, fully updated. I've run chdksk /f, sfc /scannow and Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, ...
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Windows 10 corrupt after repair

a few days ago, for no apparent reason, my Windows 10 machine, in the middle of work, started to stutter and eventually came to a stop with a blue-screen. After the BSOD reboot it refused to boot, it ...
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How can Windows 10 become de-activated

I bought a Windows 10 Home edition laptop with Windows and Microsoft Office 19 already installed and activated it. I setup a non-priviledged user account and gave the default account a strong password ...
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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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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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