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  1.    28 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 on VirtualBox

    I have installed my retail copy of Windows 10 on my main desktop. But before I did this I did the upgrade from Windows 8.1 and then converted the install.esd file into an iso.

    How can I activate this virtualbox copy? I thought it would have accepted the key from Windows 8.1?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       28 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello Nick,

    I'm afraid that the VM is considered a separate PC, and is why the registered activation of the free Windows 10 for your main desktop was not used to activate the VM.
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  3.    28 Aug 2015 #3

    Anything I can do? I seem to remember back in Windows 7 you could extend the unactivated period.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       28 Aug 2015 #4

    You could try to activate by phone, but I'm not sure how that works without a product key.
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  5.    28 Aug 2015 #5

    If I can get through to an actual person perhaps I can explain the situation.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       28 Aug 2015 #6

    That part might be more fun.
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  7. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       28 Aug 2015 #7

    If you have an old Technical Preview ESD version like 10074*, in the sources folder it contains a pid.txt file, which you can edit to remove the installation code and then enter the proper activation code: 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF

    It activates on installation, the several times I have tried it, then upgrade directly using the Media Creation Tool etc.

    * download esd:
    You don't need an MSA for this, just a local account.
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  8.    28 Aug 2015 #8

    Thanks for the idea but the reason why I'm doing this is to test out the latest insider builds.
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  9.    28 Aug 2015 #9

    I installed 10120 in VBox a couple of days ago and activated it with the generic key. I then upgraded to 10240 RTM and is was fully activated with no expiry.

    I then joined the insider preview and upgraded to 10525 and then 10528. After 10240 you get an expiry of June 15 next year.

    My VBox also works fine when running on OSX host - not just a valid Windows 10 host (which I have). I've also tested Hyper-V and VMWare and all get activated OK if you upgrade from 10120 with no underlying OS.

    Quite possibly they will get turned off at some point but for testing new builds it works fine. I'm sure another build will turn up before next June anyway.
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  10. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       28 Aug 2015 #10

    Once you have upgraded to the activated RTM, you can set your preference to receive insider builds, fast or slow ring, and sign in with a MSA. Then you should be able to join in with the latest insider builds, starting with the upgrade to 10532. Otherwise you will need an activated win7 or 8 on your VM to upgrade from.

    It would be best to take a snapshot of the RTM before joining insider, so you can go back to scratch if something inevitably fails.
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