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  1. Join Date : Oct 2013
    East Bay Area, CA
    Posts : 1,041
    Win 10 Pro x64
       05 Aug 2015 #61

    coldy said: View Post
    what does Original Edition: Windows 7 Ultimate OEM:SLP really mean mainly more interested
    in what OEM:SLP stands for?
    Original equipment manufacturer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    System Locked Pre-installation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  2. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       09 Aug 2015 #62

    I earlier used the VBscript found on

    http://www.howtogeek.com/206329/how-...-product-keys/.

    I have never tried it on a reinstalltion, but it does not give the same result as ShowkeyPlus. Who should I trust?
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  3. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
       10 Aug 2015 #63

    Alright I'm not sure what to make of this so some insight from someone would help.

    What I've done:
    1) Clean installed Windows 8.1 on PC using generic key
    2) Activated the install with my Windows 8 key
    3) Upgraded to Windows 10
    4) Windows 10 is activated

    However this is what I'm getting:
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    For some reason it says no OEM key is present in the firmware. I was under the impression the upgrade to Windows 10 meant I would get an OEM key stored in the UEFI firmware chip (and I do have a UEFI compatible mobo) as Windows is activated.

    The reason I'm asking is because I plan on clean installing since I just bought an SSD. If I proceed will I still be able to activate Windows 10?
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  4. Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,954
    Windows 10 IoT
       10 Aug 2015 #64

    c0mputeRb0y said: View Post
    Alright I'm not sure what to make of this so some insight from someone would help.

    What I've done:
    1) Clean installed Windows 8.1 on PC using generic key
    2) Activated the install with my Windows 8 key
    3) Upgraded to Windows 10
    4) Windows 10 is activated

    However this is what I'm getting:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture.PNG 
Views:	64 
Size:	115.5 KB 
ID:	30252

    For some reason it says no OEM key is present in the firmware. I was under the impression the upgrade to Windows 10 meant I would get an OEM key stored in the UEFI firmware chip (and I do have a UEFI compatible mobo).

    Reason I'm asking is because I plan on clean installing since I just bought an SSD
    Microsoft will not add a key to the BIOS. They will not modify it in any way. It's proprietary to the manufacturer and basically off limits to Microsoft as far as modifying it goes. When you activated Window 10 after the upgrade a hardware ID was stored on the Microsoft activation server for that PC. When you need to do a clean install of Windows 10, just leave the product code field blank and click skip this. It will activate, mine did.

    Oh, and by the way. You don't have to do the install with a generic key activate with an 8.0 key stuff anymore. not if you get your install media from here. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media That install media will use Windows 8.0 and 8.1 keys for install and activation. Even OEM embedded keys, it will read them from the BIOS automatically. You just have to install the version matching what was installed at the factory.
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  5. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
       10 Aug 2015 #65

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Microsoft will not add a key to the BIOS. They will not modify it in any way. It's proprietary to the manufacturer and basically off limits to Microsoft as far as modifying it goes. When you activated Window 10 after the upgrade a hardware ID was stored on the Microsoft activation server for that PC. When you need to do a clean install of Windows 10, just leave the product code field blank and click skip this. It will activate, mine did.

    Oh, and by the way. You don't have to do the install with a generic key activate with an 8.0 key stuff anymore. not if you get your install media from here. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media That install media will use Windows 8.0 and 8.1 keys for install and activation. Even OEM embedded keys, it will read them from the BIOS automatically. You just have to install the version matching what was installed at the factory.
    That was a speedy reply, thank you.

    That does make sense now you mention it.

    As for the the second part, does that mean if I want to clean install Windows 8.1 I can just get the 8.1 install media and install it (and activate) with my Windows 8 key? Because I remember a few years back when it wouldn't work if your original key was a Windows 8 key, you would have to either use the generic Win 8.1 then activate with the original Win 8 OR Install and activate Win 8 then update.
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  6. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 2,595
    10 Pro
       10 Aug 2015 #66

    Worked for me on clean install but it is picking up the generic key (not mine at all).

    I'm not sure if it is useful this information....

    Code:
    Windows Product Key Information
    
    Product  Name:	Windows 10 Pro
    
    Product ID:	*****-*****-*****-AA900
    
    Installed Key:	*****-******-*****-*****-3V66T
    
    OEM Key:   	OEM key not present in firmware
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  7. Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,954
    Windows 10 IoT
       10 Aug 2015 #67

    c0mputeRb0y said: View Post
    That was a speedy reply, thank you.

    That does make sense now you mention it.

    As for the the second part, does that mean if I want to clean install Windows 8.1 I can just get the 8.1 install media and install it (and activate) with my Windows 8 key? Because I remember a few years back when it wouldn't work if your original key was a Windows 8 key, you would have to either use the generic Win 8.1 then activate with the original Win 8 OR Install and activate Win 8 then update.
    Yes, you can just install 8.1 now and it will install and activate with a Windows 8.0 key. It's the new option one here, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html Option two is the old way you were talking about.
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  8. Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 7,954
    Windows 10 IoT
       10 Aug 2015 #68

    halasz said: View Post
    Worked for me on clean install but it is picking up the generic key (not mine at all).

    I'm not sure if it is useful this information....

    Code:
    Windows Product Key Information
    
    Product  Name:    Windows 10 Pro
    
    Product ID:    *****-*****-*****-AA900
    
    Installed Key:    *****-******-*****-*****-3V66T
    
    OEM Key:       OEM key not present in firmware
    Everybody that did the free upgrade got the same generic key. Activation is tied to your hardware hash. There is a home generic key and a Pro generic key. You don't need to know the key or even bother entering one on a clean install. Assuming you did the free upgrade already.
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  9. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 26
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7
       10 Aug 2015 #69

    Now that you have done an upgraded install to windows 10 you can also just do a clean install to 10. There is no need to install windows 8 or 8.1 then install 10. That is an upgraded install and not a clean install as you are saying. Once you have activated the windows 10 upgrade you can just use the USB install or the ISO you downloaded using the Windows 10 media creation tool to boot and install a truly clean windows 10 OS. Just skip the entering of the product key and it will activate once the OS is fully up and running.
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  10. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       13 Aug 2015 #70

    Some time ago I posted the request for help below, but noone has relied.
    Is there really no help to get or have I posted on the wrong Forum?

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I earlier used the VBscript found on

    http://www.howtogeek.com/206329/how-...-product-keys/.

    I have never tried it on a reinstalltion, but it does not give the same result as ShowkeyPlus. Who should I trust?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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