Windows 10: Windows Activation

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  1.    05 Feb 2018 #11

    matfx said: View Post
    During upgrade to Windows 10 you must activate first with your windows 7 product key, it will store in Microsoft server.

    Try contact Microsoft support i think they can activate for you, provided no hardware changes in your pc.
    I doubt very seriously that Microsoft support will activate Windows 10 Education for the OP. @spacebiscuit75 needs to do a clean install of Windows 10 Home - downloaded directly from Microsoft.

    @spacebiscuit75 , if you open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and run:

    slmgr /dlv

    What result do you get?

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  2.    06 Feb 2018 #12

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I doubt very seriously that Microsoft support will activate Windows 10 Education for the OP. @spacebiscuit75 needs to do a clean install of Windows 10 Home - downloaded directly from Microsoft.

    @spacebiscuit75 , if you open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and run:

    slmgr /dlv

    What result do you get?

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    I was going to suggest same. I suspect the education key is almost certainly a volume licence key based on comment about activation servers.

    I also OP has not run showkeyplus in check product key mode as I asked. I have never heard of a Windows 7 COA sticker on base of PC for Education (only Home mostly).
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  3.    06 Feb 2018 #13

    Yes the only way is to install Win 10 Home and enter the COA key to activate (the free upgrade still works, I did one yesterday with a Win 7 key)

    - create a Macrium Reflect backup of the current installation
    - clean install Win 10 Home
    - recreate each profile
    - install programs (incl Macrium)
    - Open the backup in explorer (rt-click->explore) and copy back files in each profile folder...i.e. Desktop etc)

    Job done.
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  4.    06 Feb 2018 #14

    Not sure how you ended up with 10 Education? There is no Windows 7 Education Edition to free upgrade from to that Edition. You can't get there from here. How did you do the upgrade? Windows update wouldn't do it either.
    As mentioned, if your OEM COA 7 key is for 7 Home, install 10 Home and use that 7 key to activate it.

    Just FYI, guys and gals, there are Retail Keys for 10 Education. I have them listed on My Visual Studio Subscription. MAK keys too. Normally, if there is no Retail version of that Edition only MAK keys are listed. Like Enterprise for example, I can only get a MAK key for that Edition. Retail keys being listed usually means there is in fact a Retail Edition. Education is also listed as an install option on my VL Multi edition ISO and the regular non VL ISO.
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  5.    06 Feb 2018 #15

    I just realised that it says I have an 'Education' license because that is the last key which I tried to input. Although the activation fails it seems to use that key to identify the edition I 'have'. I also tried an Enterprise key and similarly it reported my edition as being Enterprise.

    So I'm looking at a clean install here to fix this using my origional Win7 key? Is this possible whilst retaining my existing files and settings?
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  6.    06 Feb 2018 #16

    Ok, that explains that. Try entering this generic Home key, YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7. I don't think it will work but it won't hurt to try. If it works it will switch you to 10 Home, but not activate. Then try entering your 7 home key.
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  7.    06 Feb 2018 #17

    I tried as suggested:

    YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7

    But it didn't work, I tried by own Win7 key after which also failed.
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  8.    06 Feb 2018 #18

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I doubt very seriously that Microsoft support will activate Windows 10 Education for the OP. @spacebiscuit75 needs to do a clean install of Windows 10 Home - downloaded directly from Microsoft.

    @spacebiscuit75 , if you open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and run:

    slmgr /dlv

    What result do you get?
    My mistake i didn't notice the OP said currently running Windows 10 Education. Very suspicious because OP buy it from someone that already installed Windows 10 education edition but in fact the laptop comes with Windows 7 home OS.
    @spacebiscuit75 in order to fully activated Windows 10 you need to reinstall Windows 10 according to the Windows 7 edition it original came from, WIndows 7 home = Windows 10 home. Like Superfly suggest use Macrium free to backup your data, reformat your hard drive with new installation of Windows 10 home.
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  9.    07 Feb 2018 #19

    spacebiscuit75 said: View Post
    I tried as suggested:

    YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7

    But it didn't work, I tried by own Win7 key after which also failed.
    I was pretty sure that's what would happen, no harm in trying anyway. You'll have to reinstall 10 Home to activate, assuming your 7 key is for 7 Home.
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