1.    04 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 9
    win 10 x64

    Insider Preview Key to full normal version Key ??

    I have been running WIn10 for about a year now with the Insider Preview program. I have been just letting MS install updates as they want the whole time. I have never done a clean install except the very first time a year ago. I'm currently running "Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Evaluation cop: Build 10532" as it shows in the lower right corner of my screen. So I think I am still on a preview key. But I'm not sure. With all these updates, and installs and uninstalls of many programs over the year, this win10 is getting a bit unstable and I want to do a clean install. I have read that Insider users will become 'normal' users through some MS mysterious way. How can I find out if my current key a normal one or still a preview key that may expire? Also where can I kind my current Win10 key if it is a good key.
    I do have current full back up of each of my SSD partitions.
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  2.    04 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2,552
    10 Pro

    Enterprise activations always have expiry date afaik. You can check it with slmgr /xpr and slmgr /dlv from a command prompt.

    You can show the key by downloading the tool from Showkey - Windows 10 Forums but for sure it will be a generic key used by everyone as 10 doesn't use keys for upgraded systems.
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  3.    04 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5,884
    Windows 10 Pro

    If slmgr /xpr run from an elevated command prompt says This machine is permanently activated, then you can clean install the exact same version of Windows 10 that you are running now (pro, home, N) by making install DVD or USB with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

    SKIP when it asks you for a product key. Unless you purchase a unique product key, you should never enter one for Windows 10.
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  4.    04 Sep 2015 #4
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Aurora, Colorado
    Posts : 468
    Windows 10 Pro

    Insider builds do not have their own keys (post-build 10166, I believe). Since RTM the key does not determine whether you are an Insider or not.

    Windows can be permanently activated but the build can still have an expiration date.

    Users who got to Windows 10 via the free Get Windows 10 upgrade program do not get unique product keys. We all have the same dummy key (the same one for home, another same one for pro). The dummy key cannot be used to activate. Re-installation of Windows 10 does not require a product key and as noted above, ignore a screen that asks for one. This is a new licensing technology and will take some adjusting-to for all of us.
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