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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       #20

    JoseRodriguez said:
    I have been using this post in order to activate my licenses, so I would just like to share another article I found with some licences. It is in spanish, but anyone can see and use the keys they are sharing. Some are already in this post, but I don't know if all of them are.
    Hello Jose, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Just to note, these are only generic keys used to install an edition of Windows 10. They will not activate Windows 10.
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       #21

    Brink said:
    Hello Jose, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Just to note, these are only generic keys used to install an edition of Windows 10. They will not activate Windows 10.
    Oh yes yes, I know. I'm sorry, I said activate but I mean it that. Thanks for the correction!
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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       #22

    Good night Shawn,
    In this thread Questions about doing a reset to my OEM Win 10 the OP had tried a Enterprise Win 10 key, obviously it did not activate, and he wants go back to Win 10 home.
    As it is a Asus OEM laptop he doesn't have a key.
    Can he use one of the generic keys to downgrade and then do a Repair install?
    Does a Repair install in Win 10 use the previous key or it will ask one (that the OP would leave blank for digital activation)?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    Megahertz said:
    Good night Shawn,
    In this thread Questions about doing a reset to my OEM Win 10 the OP had tried a Enterprise Win 10 key, obviously it did not activate, and he wants go back to Win 10 home.
    As it is a Asus OEM laptop he doesn't have a key.
    Can he use one of the generic keys to downgrade and then do a Repair install?
    Does a Repair install in Win 10 use the previous key or it will ask one (that the OP would leave blank for digital activation)?

    Hey mate,

    I'm pretty sure he'll have to clean install to downgrade.
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  5. Megahertz's Avatar
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       #24

    Thanks again.
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       #25

    Hello...

    I was wondering if somebody here can shed some light on the term " generic key" ?

    I recently used a generic key which is as i understand a key provided by MS themselves to use as a means to install an OS version but it never activates the product.. So a tool to try out OS versions and do unattended setups etc.

    I used it to upgrade a users home edition windows to PRO so we could then join to domain and use a E3 O365 license to then activate.

    I removed the generic key and activated windows after it was eventually an enterprise edition with the E3 O365 license.

    My work flagged this as " against MS policies " saying it was illegal what i did.


    My question is this not a MS issues Generic key to be used exactly for this type of scenario ?
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  7. Bastet's Avatar
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       #26

    It may be that using an Enterprise edition in a home environment is the problem. To be fair there’s a bug which is giving users this version when upgrading to Pro so Microsoft need to address this.
    I’d be interesting in knowing who’s said it’s illegal.

    I would expect the generic keys to be used in these situations:
    You wish to test the full features before upgrading with a genuine key.
    If you’re having problems activating Windows after a clean install you can enter the generic key which should reactive the license, you then may have to enter the genuine key although usually that’s not necessary.
    In my case I used the generic key after a clean install of Windows 10, I’d previously upgraded to pro via a Windows 8.1 pro key, but on clean installing it gave me home again, I used the generic key & it activated pro again, I then created a PID file with the generic pro key inserted to force Pro to install.
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       #27

    Hi Bastet,

    Having an Enterprise version as a home user is not illegal , Just the functionality it offers.

    What im really asking is :
    1.W ho made the term " generic product key" Is it MS ?
    2.If MS , what was its function , when can /cant you use it?

    I see no issue with what was done , using it as a utility to upgrade an OS I'm thinking my work don't understand or I don't understand what exactly is a " generic key "
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  9. Bastet's Avatar
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       #28

    Ok, thanks for that info. :)
    Generic is used as opposed to specific as it is one key (per version) & can be used multiple times rather than users having individual keys. It was quite possibly Microsoft who coined the term generic product key in that it can be used to temporarily activate Windows.
    As a user I’ve noticed that even though I have Windows 10 home which was upgraded to pro with a Windows 8.1 pro key the product key is actually the generic pro key.
    Simply put you can enter the generic product key if you already have that version previously activated with a genuine license, to test the product features before entering a genuine key, to reactivate if you’re having problems etc.
    You cannot use these keys to activate Windows without paying for a genuine license.
    I suspect your work believes you’ve illegally activated Enterprise by using the generic key & then not used a genuine key to switch over to a legal version.
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  10. Superfly's Avatar
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       #29

    I came across this document that MS sends to OEM's to test their installation of their master software.

    These are now being used for digital licences acquired with OEM product key activation.

    Generic Product Keys to Install Windows 10 Editions-image.png

    The top table is for manufacturers and bottom one for system builders.

    NB: MS always refers to 'Default' product keys rather than 'Generic'

    OEM keys.pdf
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