1.    28 Jan 2016 #1
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    Product Key and virtual machine


    I installed Windows 10 on VirtualBox on my Mac. When installing I entered the Product Key that I got when I purchased Windows 10. Now I am planning to use the same key elsewhere. Should I do something before I delete the virtual Windows 10 from VirtualBox? Thank you.
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  2.    28 Jan 2016 #2
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    Nothing that will really help. You can remove the product key from the local machine but that won't change anything already stored on Microsoft activation servers.
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  3.    28 Jan 2016 #3
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    Thank you. How can I remove the product key from the local machine? Please note that it is installed on a VirtualBox as a VM. And does that help me to reuse it elsewhere?
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  4.    28 Jan 2016 #4
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    If it is a retail key, you can reuse it. But you will have to call Microsoft.
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  5.    28 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by rohithvsm View Post
    Thank you. How can I remove the product key from the local machine? Please note that it is installed on a VirtualBox as a VM. And does that help me to reuse it elsewhere?
    It won't help you reuse it because it won't change what Microsoft has stored on their servers. I do not know if Microsoft changed their policy on reusing Windows 10 retail product keys but up through Windows 8.1 Microsoft allows a certain number of automatic internet activations of the same key and then it gets blocked from automatic internet activation and you have to use phone activation and tell the computer you have it installed on only one computer.

    From an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt type:

    slmgr /cpky <enter>
    slmgr /upk <enter>

    The /cpky clears the product key from the registry and /upk uninstalls the product key (which deactivates the Windows installation).
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  6.    28 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    It won't help you reuse it because it won't change what Microsoft has stored on their servers. I do not know if Microsoft changed their policy on reusing Windows 10 retail product keys but up through Windows 8.1 Microsoft allows a certain number of automatic internet activations of the same key and then it gets blocked from automatic internet activation and you have to use phone activation and tell the computer you have it installed on only one computer.

    From an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt type:

    slmgr /cpky <enter>
    slmgr /upk <enter>

    The /cpky clears the product key from the registry and /upk uninstalls the product key (which deactivates the Windows installation).
    Thank you very much.
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  7.    28 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If it is a retail key, you can reuse it. But you will have to call Microsoft.
    Thank you. I will probably call them.
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  8.    29 Jan 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by rohithvsm View Post
    Thank you. I will probably call them.
    Please come back and tell us what they say.
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