Windows 10: Windows Activation

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  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    Windows Activation


    I'm unable to activate my version of WIn10. It is installed on a Compaq machine which I bought from new and originally was running Win7. I ran an update at some point and upgraded to Win10 but I didn't activate it (I'm not sure why).

    Last night an update ran and I have what appears to be an new install (there is a windows.old folder on the c drive). When I click to activate it says that my previous operating system (Win7) wasn't activated. I have tried inputting a new product key (using the serial on the sticker of the box for the Win7 license) but it is not accepted.

    I have seen that there are license keys for sale on ebay. System properties says I am running Windows 10 Educational, if I was to buy one of these keys would it fix the problem. Or else how can I fix this.

    Thanks.
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2

    The key on base of pc is almost certainly for 7 Home and would only activate 10 Home.

    You say you have 10 Education installed. As name suggests you can only get a key for educational use (via University, school etc.)

    Education keys are not on sale to public and any on web are not legally for sale and could be a scam.

    Run showkeyplus, select "check product key" tab and enter your 7 key.

    Click on key to hide it and post image.

    If, as I expect, it is a 7 Home key, you can install 10 Home and activate using 7Home key for free.
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    HI ran showkeys it says the following:

    Product Name - Win10 Educational
    OEM Key - Win7 OEM marker in signature
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5

    Do they activate?
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  6.    2 Weeks Ago #6

    No i get an error that says unable to connect to your organisations activation server. Should I not be able to enter my old Win7 key and use that to activate?
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    If I input my win7 key into keychecker it reads it as a: Win7 Home Premium Key OEM:COA. If I try to change my product key to this I get the spinning dot circles for 10 seconds or so before it returns to say the key didn't wok.
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  8.    2 Weeks Ago #8

    When you got 10 did you login with a MS account as it should have stored your details on the server and no key should be needed
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       2 Weeks Ago #9

    Not sure how it upgraded to an Educational version of W10, as mentioned you`ll have to either install W7 Home Premium or install W10 Home and use the key on your COA to activate it.
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  10.    2 Weeks Ago #10

    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.
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