Windows 10: Windows 10 install - key never asked for.
I'm not on a domain.
I did a clean install from the ISO, deleting all partitions first. I ran slmgr /xpr and got the permanently activated message.
and the computers never had Windows 10 on them before? I would love to see the results of "slmgr /dlv" from command prompt.
Sorry, I did not read the OP's response.
You either had Windows 10 on that PC or you did the move the genuine ticket trick or you are on a network with a kms server if the edition was pro. There is no other explanation as to why it activated.
There's something funky about that key:
Showkey doesn't recognise it either...
Last edited by mrg9999; 05 Oct 2015 at 07:00.
Nope, apologies if I'm assuming that the key was a well publicized one...
The expiration date on Enterprise is due to KMS activation.
Note too that even Previews show as permanently activated when running /xpr, but that's beside the point - Insiders get activated based on HwID irrespective of key.
mrg9999, it isn't supposed to be possible for people to do clean installs of Windows 10 on computers that have never had Windows 10 before, and do not have Windows 10 Product Keys to have activated Windows 10. That's the only reason we are raising our eyebrows. We are trying to figure out what the undisclosed little secret there is that made this happen.
But if you say you just took two ordinary computers and did clean installs on them with official unmodified ISOs and they activated automatically....well, ok. It's kind of like the virgin birth of Windows 10.
It's 4 computers (2 x FJ, 2 x Dell ) and 2 VMs.
The ISO is what the tool produced from the media creation tool on oem.microsoft.com. I did have some problem getting the single X64 to work, but the 32 and combined 32&64 worked fine.
I'll generate sha256sum and md5 hashs and post them here. I don't remember the tool giving me the option, and if you do likewise, we can see if they are the same.
My end goal is
write a guide for someone to download an ISO, build and activate X number of standalone Windows 10 pro workstations, and then install an AV and VPN, Citrix package, that may be joined to a domain at a later point, so that they can receive a GPO.
It is simple. If you're on Windows 7/8/8.1 and have got OEM activation and if you run the Windows 10 setup on that machine, the machine checks your system and CONVERTS your previous OS OEM license to an OEM license for W10, that's why you get genuinely activated after the installation and it won't even ask for the key during the setup.
Yesterday, I installed Windows 10 Pro on my Windows 7 Ultimate machine and it was already activated after the installation.
Apparently, we both have the same OEM key.
NOTE: I have updated this post to include the most recent information as of 8/8/15.
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