Poll: can u activate windows 10?

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  1.    02 Aug 2015 #191
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    United States
    Posts : 62
    Windows 10 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by stephx View Post
    You get the watermark after a certain time period indeed (right down corner).
    I had gotten the watermark myself when I did my first clean install (after upgrading from Windows 8.1 and activating). It wouldn't be so bad, except the fact that the watermark doesn't just limit itself to the desktop, but overlaps onto every...single...application you have open.

    Luckily though my 2nd clean install was activated within 5 minutes of getting to the desktop.
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  2.    02 Aug 2015 #192
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 57
    Desktop : Windows 10 RTM (Upgrade) Daily Driver: Windows 8.1 Pro + OS X 10.10.4

    Quote Originally Posted by imacken View Post
    This is not true. It does cause problems as I can't customise certain things, and I have seen a watermark (although not today, weirdly!)
    The thing is, I am running a VM and have spoken to MS who say that it's a server issue and that it would be sorted out in 48 hours max. That was 72 hours ago!
    I thought it might be my Bootcamp install which validated OK, but even if I try to input another genuine W7 key via a command prompt, it still doesn't work!
    Sorry about that, I didn't know that some certain users had the watermark. I have one Windows 10 VM which is not activated (not connected to Internet) and as it didn't get the watermark I thought nobody had that.

    People at MS Callcenters don't seem to have enough information about Windows 10. On the 29th I was in Turkey, and I had to call Microsoft Call Center. All they told me was to reinstall the old Windows and upgrade again (maybe that was because I had to speak English, but I don't know)
    Maybe you can try phone activation (it wasn't working on the 29th) or you can temporarily activate your Windows by injecting another key, changing the KMS server and activating it. But it's illegal and I don't recommend it. (Still, you can give it a shot until activation servers become available, then you can inject the generic key again and try activating.)

    EDIT: Can you control keyboard brightness and use the function keys of your Mac on Windows 10?
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  3.    02 Aug 2015 #193
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    You have to have an activated version of Win10 on your PC before you can do a clean install and get it to activate.
    Not for me! I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 Pro. Worked fine, but my PC was a mess, so I desired a clean install.
    - I checked that I was activated in Win10Pro (I was).
    - I even logged in with my live account to be sure to be associated with key (not sure how it works exactly).

    Then I created an image of Windows 10 Pro N.
    And... Format -> Install Win10ProN -> Error 0xC004C003.

    Not sure if the "N" part is the problem, I have both images, so I can use the other one if needed, but I'd prefer to skip the media crap the non-N version comes with...


    AHA! Turns out the "N" part WAS the problem. Apparently you are not allowed to downgrade.
    I installed the regular Windows 10 Pro, and I was activated immediately.
    FYI, if anyone else has the some problem... and can find this post.

    Keywords: Error 0xC004C003, Windows 10 Pro N, Activated
    Last edited by Neuron; 02 Aug 2015 at 11:53.
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  4.    02 Aug 2015 #194
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Windows 10 Activation


    I am not really sure if this would help anyone but I really want to do my bit to not let anyone else go through the agonizing wait time for Windows 10 activation.

    My PC had Genuine Windows 8.1 Pro x64 running, I did reserve a copy using the GWA. Since it did not show any sign of starting the upgrade anytime soon, I used the 64-bit Media Creation Tool and created a USB boot media for Windows 10 Pro x64. Then ran the same media creation tool and went ahead with "Upgrade this PC now", completed it, and then verified that the Windows 10 Pro x64 was Activated.

    Post that, I used the USB boot media and did a clean reinstall of Windows 10 and eventually ended up with the activation errors. System Info listed the OS as Windows 10 Home X86, but I assumed it was because the activation was yet to happen. Kept following all the threads on this activation issue but none worked for me.

    Today, after 2 days, I realised that the set up files' size in the USB media was around 2GB which is about the same as the ISO size of x86 Windows 10 builds. Windows 10 x64 setup files' size, I found should be over 3GB. So used the 64-bit media creation tool on my laptop(running Windows 10 Insider Previous x64) and recreated the USB media, verified it had around 3GB installation files, and then did a clean install again and, without any hiccups the Windows 10 Pro x64 got activated!

    Hope this helps!
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  5.    02 Aug 2015 #195
    Join Date : Nov 2014
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Pro x64 w/ Start 10 v.1.11

    Quote Originally Posted by imacken View Post
    Tried a zillion times!
    Attachment 27754
    one of my father's PC's got this, which I don't understand. So I rolled it back to the original Win7 installation & went to the Microsoft 'Genuine Windows' website, which ran some program & validated that it was a genuine key. So I'm thinking the issue is something with their activation servers. This was an old Dell (~2007?) that originally came with XP and had an upgrade clean install of Windows 7 on it.
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  6.    02 Aug 2015 #196
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10

    Mine still same error activation servers determined that the key was blocked
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  7.    02 Aug 2015 #197
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I'm confused on two points.

    1. Sometimes when I try to activate I get no error message and says to try to activate again.

    2. At times I will get Error code: 0xC004F034 with the text that the license could not be found or invalid and it also says to try to activate again.

    Doesn't #2 indicate that I got through to the licensing server and for whatever reason Windows 10 can't be activated? Could this be a legitimate message? I am trying to activate under a VM which I upgraded to W10 from a valid W8.1 system with a valid Technet key.

    Has anyone tried activating W10 on a VM like me?
    Last edited by streetwolf; 02 Aug 2015 at 21:19.
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  8.    05 Aug 2015 #198
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Just fired up my W10 VM and lo and behold it is now activated! Good things come to those who wait.
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  9.    05 Aug 2015 #199
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10

    Until yesterday night i was not able to activate my windows 10 upgraded from windows 7 guys as street wolf has confirmed he has activated his i would like to know if the activation servers are now activating properly so downgrade again and upgrade and get a permanent activation cant use KMS
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  10.    12 Aug 2015 #200
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 4
    windows 10 Pro

    Today microsoft office downloaded and asked for restart, on reboot windows was activated.
    Thought windows 10 was activated on your hardware not software as well.
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