Windows 10: Upgraded from 8.1 to Win 10. Did a clean install, but now problem.

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  1.    31 Jul 2015 #1

    Upgraded from 8.1 to Win 10. Did a clean install, but now problem.


    This is a brand new laptop. Only thing loaded on it was the Windows 8.1 OS. The "Get Windows 10" app said that I qualified for a free upgrade to Windows 10. After reading an article on how to do a clean install of Windows 10, I did the following:

    1. Upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
    2. Downloaded the Media Creation Tool.
    3. Used the MCT to create a bootable USB on a 16GB USB flash drive.
    4. Booted from the flash drive, did a clean install of Windows 10 (essentially, formatted the drive to load the OS)
    5. During installation, got a window asking for product key. Since the article said to skip this (because Windows would 'remember' my previous activation for this laptop) I did so.
    6. Installation completed without a hitch.

    Now, however, Windows 10 is acting like I don't have an activated version. I keep getting messages like "You can personalize this PC until it is Activated". But... it WAS activated before I did the clean install. I messed around with the OS, checking out different features, before doing the clean install.

    My question is, why is this happening? I tried rolling back to Windows 8 (Pressing F3 on boot) but there is no option to go back to Windows 8.1, only Windows 10.

    So, what should/can I do to get around this aggravating issue?

    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 38
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       31 Jul 2015 #2

    I did a clean install as well from a Windows 10 ISO and it worked like a charm.

    Did you check to see if the upgraded Windows 10 was activated before you did the clean install?
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  3.    31 Jul 2015 #3

    EziaN said: View Post
    I did a clean install as well from a Windows 10 ISO and it worked like a charm.

    Did you check to see if the upgraded Windows 10 was activated before you did the clean install?
    Well, I had typed out a longer response, but it didn't post for some reason. Anyway, long story short, Windows 10 was activated before I did the clean install.
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  4. Posts : 38
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       31 Jul 2015 #4

    Javarox said: View Post
    Well, I had typed out a longer response, but it didn't post for some reason. Anyway, long story short, Windows 10 was activated before I did the clean install.
    I'm not sure how Microsoft keeps track of activation after making a clean install, but i've made a clean install on 4 pc's without activation issues, are you connected to the internet during installation?
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  5.    31 Jul 2015 #5

    Yes, it was connected during installation.
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  6.    31 Jul 2015 #6

    I'm going to try and re-do the installation and see what happens. I'll just reboot from the USB drive and let it do it's thing all over again. We'll see what happens.
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  7.    31 Jul 2015 #7

    I read an article earlier talking about sometimes it takes activation awhile to kick in. They were talking about Day 1 and servers being hammered... so not sure how hammered there still getting... but maybe what a few hours and if worse comes to worse you could call MS if it doesn't activate by tomorrow.

    EDIT: Found this on MS site...

    You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update

    If you upgraded to Windows 10 for free and ended up in a non-activated state, try following these steps:

    • Go to Start , then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
    • Select Go to Store, and check to see if a valid license is available for your device. If a license isn't available, you'll need to buy Windows from the Store.

      (I have to laugh how they say you will have to buy it though! Seriously? If it's suppose to be free for a year then you would think there would be something they can do.)



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  8. Posts : 38
    Windows 10 Home Premium
       31 Jul 2015 #8

    Javarox said: View Post
    I'm going to try and re-do the installation and see what happens. I'll just reboot from the USB drive and let it do it's thing all over again. We'll see what happens.
    You'll probably have better luck by installing windows 8 again and then doing the whole process again
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    31 Jul 2015 #9

    MortTheBeast said: View Post
    I read an article earlier talking about sometimes it takes activation awhile to kick in. They were talking about Day 1 and servers being hammered... so not sure how hammered there still getting... but maybe what a few hours and if worse comes to worse you could call MS if it doesn't activate by tomorrow.

    EDIT: Found this on MS site...

    [h=2]You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or

    (I have to laugh how they say you will have to buy it though! Seriously? If it's suppose to be free for a year then you would think there would be something they can do.)[/LIST]

    [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Thanks! I will try this and see what happens... if this latest install doesn't work.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    31 Jul 2015 #10

    EziaN said: View Post
    You'll probably have better luck by installing windows 8 again and then doing the whole process again
    I'd love to roll back, but it appears that Windows 10 install overwrote my recovery partition and replaced it with a Windows 10 recovery partition.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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