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  1.    04 Aug 2015 #60
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickC7 View Post
    Dear Brink - In Option Three above it is stated to type slmgr/ipk Product Activation Key - in the Command Prompt Window. I did that and my Windows 10 Home install did exactly what was printed there. I have been struggling with whether or not my Windows 8.1 key from the registry was activated or not. All I can readily see is that Activation switched to on the Internet. Does that mean that it will eventually Activate Windows if I installed Windows 10 from a USB?
    Hello Patrick,

    Does it show as activated in Settings -> Update & security -> Activation?

    You won't be able to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 8.1 key though.
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  2.    04 Aug 2015 #61
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    Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Pro

    Windows 10 activation


    Quote Originally Posted by isbyrne View Post
    I am still unable to activate Windows 10 after clean install so contacted Microsoft support here in the UK for assistance.

    The reply I got was quite surprising "Microsoft does not recommend a clean install, we only recommend updating from your original Windows version as this must be present to activate 10"

    So I have done a clean install, I am unable to activate Windows 10, so I seem to have two choices; buy Windows 10 or revert to Windows 7.

    I was messing with this for 5 hours last night. I figured out that you need a windows 7 sp1 that is up to date on updates or Windows 8.1 that is up to date with ALL updates except .net Frame work updates. You also need to have the update installed for the windows 10 notification and reserve your copy of windows 10. Also the windows 7 and windows 8.1 would have to be activated. Then start the windows 10 setup from a bootable USB flash drive or DVD-R with windows 10 while your on your up to date windows 7 and 8.1.

    If you are reverting back to a non up to date windows 7 and 8.1 and ran the Windows 10 installer on it the Windows 10 installer will use a generic key that is blocked from getting your free copy of windows 10.

    When you reserve your copy of windows 10 the notification program injects a unique key during windows 10 installation which will automatically activate.

    To tell if you botched the upgrade with the generic key is that the last 5 digits of the key would be either H8Q99 for home edition of 10, 3V66T for Pro edition, Windows 10 home single language YTDFH and last Windows 10 enterprise 2YT43. You will find this in the settings of windows 10 under activation option.
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  3.    04 Aug 2015 #62
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Patrick,

    Does it show as activated in Settings -> Update & security -> Activation?

    You won't be able to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 8.1 key though.
    So I must buy the Windows 10 Key, Correct??
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  4.    04 Aug 2015 #63
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickC7 View Post
    So I must buy the Windows 10 Key, Correct??
    Nope. You would just need to install and activate your Windows 7 or 8.1, then upgrade to the free Windows 10 from within the activated Windows 7/8.1.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...tallation.html
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  5.    04 Aug 2015 #64
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    Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Pro

    WIndows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickC7 View Post
    So I must buy the Windows 10 Key, Correct??

    Like Brink says. Install your windows 7 sp1 or 8.1 you had. Update the windows 7 and 8.1 with all updates first. The windows 7 and 8.1 will have to be activated too for this to work. Usually not an issue on Prebuilt OEM computers. You do not need the .net frame work updates just everything else. Make sure you got the windows 10 notification update installed. You will know when you got it there will be an Icon near your clock to reserve the upgrade to 10. Make sure you reserve a copy of windows 10 before you begin. Then run the windows 10 setup from an ISO that was copied to a DVD-R or USB stick using rufus 2.2 or some other USB creation tool instead of waiting for the notification tool to download the windows 10 for you. I recommend you use the keep files and settings option so you can return to the previous windows version.

    You can get the ISO/DVD image file here.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...-download.html
    Last edited by flood404; 04 Aug 2015 at 20:23. Reason: typo
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  6.    04 Aug 2015 #65
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Nope. You would just need to install and activate your Windows 7 or 8.1, then upgrade to the free Windows 10 from within the activated Windows 7/8.1.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...tallation.html
    Thanks for your patient Mentoring here. When I was in 7 forums you were there. Than I ordered several copies of Win 8 when You could get them for $100. I sort of skipped 8 forums and here I am again. I am using a portable DVD to downgrade to windows 8. I will do what it takes, thanks for the help. I will keep you posted. Thank You, Thank You - Nice!
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  7.    04 Aug 2015 #66
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    You're most welcome Patrick. I look forward to hearing how it went.
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  8.    05 Aug 2015 #67
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    Windows 10

    I installed windows 10 pro from the iso file from microsoft. Everything is ok but i wanna personalize my windows. It asked me for activation key. I tried W a lot of keys and nothing... Only 1 worked: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43 and then my Win10 pro became Win10 Enterprise. It says my current key is this but when i click the button ,,activate" i got this error: 0xC004F074: The Key Management Server (KMS) is unavailable" I tried ALL the cmd fixes and things and stuff and i am going to give up. I don't know how to remove this error. Please guys tell me what to do, please. As i read comments above, a man/girl said that he or she also had problems but magically it worked on the next morning and windows got activated. Please tell me all that you know. Thanks!
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  9.    05 Aug 2015 #68
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    Hello iTeddy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Did you do an upgrade install to the free Windows 10 from within an activated Windows 7/8.1?

    If not, then that is why your Windows 10 is not activated.
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  10.    05 Aug 2015 #69
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello iTeddy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Did you do an upgrade install to the free Windows 10 from within an activated Windows 7/8.1?

    If not, then that is why your Windows 10 is not activated.
    My windows 7 ultimate was genuine activated. It was activated.
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