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  1.    10 Aug 2015 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    May I ask why you are running the Enterprise version? And who installed it? Enterprise is usually used a corporate setup. How are you going to activate the new install? There is no free upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise by the way.

    I worked on contract for a big company, they gave me this laptop. When the project was completed with a big success they told me to keep it. Maybe Windows-wise it still belongs to them? I’m overseas, when get back I’ll ask them, till that I don’t touch the OS.

    Thank you very much for all your advice.
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  2.    10 Aug 2015 #12
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by Georgey View Post
    I worked on contract for a big company, they gave me this laptop. When the project was completed with a big success they told me to keep it. Maybe Windows-wise it still belongs to them? I’m overseas, when get back I’ll ask them, till that I don’t touch the OS.

    Thank you very much for all your advice.
    I was wondering if it was something like that. I wouldn't do anything to it before talking to them. It's likely still activating through their KMS activation server. They actually hold the license for the enterprise version installed on it. One thing you could do is run this, https://www.tenforums.com/software-ap...7-showkey.html Then see if there is a Windows 8 or 8.1 embedded key in the BIOS. If there is, you could, if you wanted, install Windows 8.1 and then do the free upgrade to Windows 10. You can get windows 8.1 install media here that will read and use Windows 8/8.1 embedded keys. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media Once windows 8.1 is installed and activated, it should activate online automatically, you can go here and upgrade to windows 10. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softw...load/windows10 All perfectly legal. And no worrying about activation failing some time down the road. If that company does an audit and removes your PC from its KMS activation, it will fail activation.
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  3.    10 Aug 2015 #13
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I was wondering if it was something like that. I wouldn't do anything to it before talking to them. It's likely still activating through their KMS activation server. They actually hold the license for the enterprise version installed on it. One thing you could do is run this, https://www.tenforums.com/software-ap...7-showkey.html Then see if there is a Windows 8 or 8.1 embedded key in the BIOS. If there is, you could, if you wanted, install Windows 8.1 and then do the free upgrade to Windows 10. You can get windows 8.1 install media here that will read and use Windows 8/8.1 embedded keys. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media Once windows 8.1 is installed and activated, it should activate online automatically, you can go here and upgrade to windows 10. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softw...load/windows10 All perfectly legal. And no worrying about activation failing some time down the road. If that company does an audit and removes your PC from its KMS activation, it will fail activation.
    Yes, it seems more complicated than I thought, I'll consult them before doing anything.
    Actually, I didn't understand your question on activation, it's advertised everywhere that upgrade from 7, 8. 8.1 to 10 is free. Now I see that Enterprise is different. Thanks again.
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  4.    10 Aug 2015 #14
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    Windows 10 IoT

    The Enterprise version of Windows activates different than the consumer version does. A company can buy a group of Licenses and manage what PC's they use them on themselves. They can setup their own Key Management Server. KMS. Your laptop likely doesn't activate through a Microsoft Activation Server like a consumer version does. It activates though that companies KMS server. It's also timed to expire if it can't connect to the KMS server in a set period. Anyway, Enterprise is excluded from the free upgrade because its a business OS licensed by that business. If you had upgraded it would have asked for a new product code, one you don't have. If that laptop originally shipped from the factory with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled, the product code is embedded in the BIOS. showkey will tell you if its there or not. If it's there you can legally install Windows 8.1 on it. Then you are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10. Once you upgrade to Windows 10 and activate. You can then just clean install Windows 10 if need be. You don't have to do the upgrade the second time around.
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  5.    10 Aug 2015 #15
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Enterprise version of Windows activates different than the consumer version does. A company can buy a group of Licenses and manage what PC's they use them on themselves. They can setup their own Key Management Server. KMS. Your laptop likely doesn't activate through a Microsoft Activation Server like a consumer version does. It activates though that companies KMS server. It's also timed to expire if it can't connect to the KMS server in a set period. Anyway, Enterprise is excluded from the free upgrade because its a business OS licensed by that business. If you had upgraded it would have asked for a new product code, one you don't have. If that laptop originally shipped from the factory with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled, the product code is embedded in the BIOS. showkey will tell you if its there or not. If it's there you can legally install Windows 8.1 on it. Then you are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10. Once you upgrade to Windows 10 and activate. You can then just clean install Windows 10 if need be. You don't have to do the upgrade the second time around.

    Clear now, thanks.
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  6.    10 Aug 2015 #16
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Hello Georgey Welcome to the Ten Forums! Interesting problem but likely explained.

    With an edition like the Enterprise RTM you are looking more so at a more advanced server type form of Windows intended for corporate not home pc use! The ball game changes when you enter into the IT Dept.s from that of your laptop or desktop sitting at home! The entire set up of this type of edition is handled by the IT dept.s the various companies either make sure to have or have someone come in to handle setups and maintain things.
    Aside from a different key, the install, and boot process of Enterprise is exactly the same as home edition, pro edition, etc.
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  7.    10 Aug 2015 #17
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Aside from a different key, the install, and boot process of Enterprise is exactly the same as home edition, pro edition, etc.
    I see now, thank you.
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