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  1. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 1903
       #931

    Superfly said:
    No, you get an unique OEM key with Windows 8 and 10 on a factory PC -- Windows 7 uses an OEM generic marker and key.. that's irrelevant for now.
    Do you mean only a generic marker and key can be found on a factory PC pre-installed with Windows 7?
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  2. Superfly's Avatar
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       #932

    Matthew Wai said:
    Do you mean only a generic marker and key can be found on a factory PC pre-installed with Windows 7?
    On Windows 7 the OEM PC has a generic SLP marker/certificate/key as well as a unique COA key printed on the sticker. The point is the generic key on Windows 7 is OEM specific.
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  3. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 2,074
    Windows 10 Home 1903
       #933

    On a Windows 7 OEM PC, ShowKeyPlus can find an OEM generic key, right?
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  4. Superfly's Avatar
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       #934

    Matthew Wai said:
    On a Windows 7 OEM PC, ShowKeyPlus can find an OEM generic key, right?
    Yes, if you "Check product key" with a Windows 7 generic key, it's edition will have the OEM: SLP suffix.
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  5. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 11,331
    Windows10
       #935

    Superfly said:
    Yes, if you "Check product key" with a Windows 7 generic key, it's edition will have the OEM: SLP suffix.
    With all due respect as an esteemed VP (:-D), I am not sure this is what M Wai was asking. I interpreted his post as meaning will Showkeyplus tell you the oem 7 generic key?
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 1903
       #936

    cereberus said:
    will Showkeyplus tell you the oem 7 generic key?
    That was the intended question.
    I have another question: can a Windows 7 OEM generic key be used to activate Windows 10?
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  7. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 15,309
    10 Home x64 (2004) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #937

    Matthew Wai said:
    That was the intended question....
    I have an OEM Windows 7 PC to hand, so I can answer that...

    ShowKeyPlus-showkey-oem-w7.png

    and as Superfly said it would, that key checks out as..
    Original Edition: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM:SLP
    EULA Type: OEM

    I have another question: can a Windows 7 OEM generic key be used to activate Windows 10?
    Generic keys don't activate anything. AIUI, on an original OEM W7 install (or on a factory reset from the OEM-provided image) the generic key just confirms this is an OEM edition, but it's the SLP marker, the 'OEM Key: Windows 7 OEM marker present in firmware' that actually activates it.

    Upgrading that OEM W7 to W10 is another matter, it's the fact that W7 is activated that will activate W10, not the generic W7 key.

    BTW, the key on the CoA sticker on that machine is completely different, that one checks out as 'OEM:COA'.

    ShowKeyPlus-showkey-oem-coa-w7.png
    Last edited by Bree; 18 Aug 2018 at 07:52. Reason: CoA
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  8. simrick's Avatar
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    W10Prox64
       #938

    Just curious if anyone has tried an upgrade to W10 lately (if it's still working). It was still working about a month ago.
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (2004) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #939

    My last successful activation was last month, a clean install on a 'never upgraded' machine with a W8.1 key embedded in the firmware. I've seen more recent reports of success though. Consensus opinion seems to be MS have no pressing desire to turn it off.
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  10. simrick's Avatar
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    W10Prox64
       #940

    Bree said:
    My last successful activation was last month, a clean install on a 'never upgraded' machine with a W8.1 key embedded in the firmware. I've seen more recent reports of success though. Consensus opinion seems to be MS have no pressing desire to turn it off.
    My last one was about a month ago with a W7 upgrade. Have another one I'd like to try soon. I'm thinking you may be right - MS are not turning it off.
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