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  1.    15 Mar 2017 #21
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    W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX. is a KMS Client Setup key (GVLK) that will never activate. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...(v=ws.11).aspx Something was done at some point to switch it from activating with a Digital License to (trying) to activate via KMS?
    Was your original version of Windows 8 Pro?
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  2.    15 Mar 2017 #22
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    Correct. My original version was Windows 8 Pro, later updated to Windows 8.1 Pro, then upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.
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  3.    15 Mar 2017 #23
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    Open the system screen, click change product key, and enter this key, VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T. If its accepted, and that PC has a DL for Pro it will activate. That should take you out of KMS activation and switch you back to normal online activation. If there is no DL for Pro for that PC though, it won't activate.
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  4.    15 Mar 2017 #24
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    This switch to KMS activation didn't happen on its own by the way, something initiated it. Did you reinstall windows at some point after doing the free upgrade?
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  5.    15 Mar 2017 #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    This switch to KMS activation didn't happen on its own by the way, something initiated it. Did you reinstall windows at some point after doing the free upgrade?
    Somebody probably installed KMSpico (an illegal activation program). The program also is said to illegally activate Microsoft Office, so maybe it was installed for that and automatically triggered the illegal activation of Windows 10. If the switch to the generic Windows 10 Pro product key -3V66T does not activate, @desertman can then also change the product key to his Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro product key and if it is not blocked from online activation then it should activate Windows 10 Pro.
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  6.    15 Mar 2017 #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Somebody probably installed KMSpico (an illegal activation program). The program also is said to illegally activate Microsoft Office, so maybe it was installed for that and automatically triggered the illegal activation of Windows 10. If the switch to the generic Windows 10 Pro product key -3V66T does not activate, @desertman can then also change the product key to his Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro product key and if it is not blocked from online activation then it should activate Windows 10 Pro.
    Was just about to edit my post with the same, if 3V66T doesn't work message. He could also try the Windows 10 Pro key he got from "Microsoft" tech support.
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  7.    15 Mar 2017 #27
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    Yeah, somethings not kosher. He missed something, or left something out? Or somebody else has access to this PC and did something he doesn't know about?
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  8.    15 Mar 2017 #28

    You guys are right... there is a local KMS spoof exploit installed.

    Check the key MS sent with ShowKeyPlus as suggested... I assume it's retail and thus should work on the new mobo.

    I don't see why you needed to get a new key as a retail Windows 8 key should have worked unless it has been blocked, but either of those should work on the new mobo - if not run ADT so that we can get some technical info to work with.
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  9.    15 Mar 2017 #29
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    Ya that part about W10 not activating after upgrading from Windows 8 sounds mighty strange.

    I look at it this way, you bought a PC without an OS. Unless your original Windows 8 key was Retail then you have to purchase Windows 10 like anyone else.

    Or install a Linux version.

    And why buy a new PC without an OS ????

    If you don`t get your key situation straightened out, this may help you if you have a Microsoft Account.

    How to re-activate Windows 10 after a hardware change | Windows Central

    Microsoft Account - Link to Digital License on Windows 10 PC
    Last edited by AddRAM; 15 Mar 2017 at 13:25.
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  10.    15 Mar 2017 #30
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    Never had heard about ShowKeyFinder before. I used it now to check my original Windows 8 Pro key and also the Windows 10 Pro key (which I got from Microsoft support [no need to use quotation marks here]) - and they are getting confirmed as "Win 8 RTM Professional Retail" and "Win 10 RTM Professional Retail" keys.

    My new PC is arriving tomorrow, and I'm wondering whether it now would not be better to wait until then and try to install and activate Windows 10 on it (before messing with anything on the old PC).

    Coming back to the strangeness of this whole story I'd like to emphasise that I never installed anything illegal on this computer. I don't know what happened and how it happened, and I hope that this will come to an end with the new computer. Once that machine is running I will delete everything from the old computer and bring it to Goodwill.
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