Here is more information for you.
The information contained in the GenuineTicket.xml is transmitted by Windows 10 to the Microsoft activation servers over the internet. A search is then conducted for matches of previous digital entitlements stored there and if found the activation code is returned. Currently if no match is found, and the information transferred is valid - the Microsoft activation server will return the activation code and store the digital entitlement for future retrieval.
After July 2016, if no matching digital entitlement is found - then there will not be an activation code returned - instead an error code will be returned asking the user to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade.
The genuineticket.xml file method of activation will not work until the computer is connected to the internet or a phone activation is done where the data is transmitted to Microsoft via the installation ID provided during the process.
Hello dpwoodpecker, and welcome to Ten Forums.
Yes, you have until July 2016 to activate (claim) your free offer of Windows 10 no matter how you install it.
Hello. I'm new here and have spent ~ 1/2 hour searching the forum threads for an answer to my question before I post it. I came up empty-handed in my search, so here's my question.
Based on the instructions from this link How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, the Easy Way, I did a clean install of Win10 Home on my laptop (which had been running Win7 Home). Specifically, (1) I created a dvd via the iso from the media creation tool, (2) I booted from that dvd and entered my Win 7 Home product key number when prompted at the activation screen, (3) I selected the "Custom" option at the "Which type of installation do you want?” screen, and (4) my C drive had 4 partitions and I selected the one containing the Win7 OS when the installer asked me where I wanted Win10 installed.
Everything went smoothly and Win10 installed without a hitch.
As stated above, I wanted a clean install. But I recently noticed I have a "Windows.old" folder in the partition where Win10 is now installed and that Windows.old folder, as we all know, contains a boatload of files from Windows 7. I have no problem deleting it because I imaged my laptop using Macrium Reflect (great program) before installing Win10. But now I'm questioning if I really accomplished a clean install of Win10. It would seem to me that if it was a clean install, there would be no Window.old folder found on the C drive.
I'm hoping the experts here will have an accurate answer to my question. And forgive me in advance if I follow-up with a few more questions.
backup in the form of Windows.old. But look at your hard drive partitions in Disk Management and if there were any extra partitions regarding Windows 7 recovery they will still be there, along with new ones created by Windows 10.
To do a truly clean install, you delete all the partitions on the hard drive first, then install to the unallocated space.
Windows 10 - Clean Install
Last edited by Brink; 11 Apr 2016 at 22:08. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
When i right click and run as admin gatherosstate it does not create a GenuineTicket.xml file.Now what?