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  1.    08 Aug 2015 #11
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Australia, Adelaide
    Posts : 1,534
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home (64 bit)

    Settings > Accounts


    I finally managed to get my W10 to Activate.

    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    I was poking around in the Settings page and I discovered that I needed to verify my account (again).
    I'm sure I had to do this when I swapped to the Online Account.

    Once I verified my account again W10 activated.

    If your W10 Insider OS won't activate, check "Settings > Accounts" to see if you need to re-verify your installation.
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  2.    08 Aug 2015 #12
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP; KDE Neon

    Here is my experience:

    In the beginning, before the official release, I was an insider using my MS account, of course, dual booting with Win 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.

    Then:
    1) I upgraded from Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium to Windows 10 Home (64 bit).
    2) Right away, I clean installed Windows 10 Home using the ISO I've downloaded with the Media Creation Tool.
    3) A day or two later I realized that 10 Home is not good enough for me and that I need Win 10 Pro.
    4) I clean installed Windows 8.1 Pro and fully updated it.
    5) I upgraded Win 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro.
    6) I clean installed Windows 10 Pro. I am customizing it since then, and I am using it as my MAIN OS. I have never used an MS account.
    7) I clean installed Windows 10 Pro again on my second SSD, leaving it untouched and using my MS account, it is set to the fast ring and I wish to use it as an Insider.

    For as long as I was upgrading first and then clean-installing I have never faced any activation issue.
    Last edited by Joanne; 08 Aug 2015 at 15:10.
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  3.    08 Aug 2015 #13
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Here is my experience:

    In the beginning, before the official release, I was an insider using my MS account, of course, dual booting with Win 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.

    Then:
    1) I upgraded from Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium to Windows 10 Home (64 bit).
    2) Right away, I clean installed Windows 10 Home using the ISO I've downloaded with the Media Creation Tool.
    3) A day or two later I realized that 10 Home is not good enough for me and I that I need Win 10 Pro.
    4) I clean installed Windows 8.1 Pro and fully updated it.
    5) I upgraded Win 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro.
    6) I clean installed Windows 10 Pro. I am customizing it since then, and I am using it as my MAIN OS. I have never used an MS account.
    7) I clean installed Windows 10 Pro again on my second SSD, leaving it untouched and using my MS account, it is set to the fast ring and I wish to use it as an Insider.

    For as long as I was upgrading first and then clean-installing I have never faced any activation issue.
    Hey Joanne,

    - did you format and clean install inserting the MS Account during the installation or you created a local user then signed in with the MSA after?
    - you was connected to the internet while installing?
    - windows+R > winver , the user showed in this window reflect the local username, your MSA, or just microsoft?

    Thanks.
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  4.    08 Aug 2015 #14
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP; KDE Neon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mocambo View Post
    Hey Joanne,

    - did you format and clean install inserting the MS Account during the installation or you created a local user then signed in with the MSA after?
    - you was connected to the internet while installing?
    - windows+R > winver , the user showed in this window reflect the local username, your MSA, or just microsoft?

    Thanks.
    Hi,

    Clean installation, for me, always means installing the OS on an unallocated SSD. So, I always delete the volumes and the partitions of my SSDs before any clean OS installation.

    On the other hand, right after the clean installation I always install the required drivers for my configuration, which I keep in my USB 2.0 stick (thumb drive). These drivers are always installed in a specific order, like this: .INF, IME, AHCI driver, LAN driver, NVIDIA driver, and later the SoundCard driver. So, I never have an active Internet connection available during the clean installation of any Operating System. Until the LAN driver is installed I do not have an Internet connection. All my Win 10 installations have been activated a few minutes (or even seconds) after the connection became available.

    Finally, I always use a local account to start.
    On my TP installation I switched to my MS account right after I've finished with the installation of all the drivers and the Updates.

    Here is my current build:

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    Last edited by Joanne; 08 Aug 2015 at 16:33.
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  5.    08 Aug 2015 #15
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Hi,

    Clean installation, for me, always means installing the OS on an unallocated SSD. So, I always delete the volumes and the partitions of my SSDs before any clean OS installation.

    On the other hand, right after the clean installation I always install the required drivers for my configuration, which I keep in my USB 2.0 stick (thumb drive). These drivers are always installed in a specific order, like this: .INF, IME, AHCI driver, LAN driver, NVIDIA driver, and later the SoundCard driver. So, I never have an active Internet connection available during the clean installation of any Operating System. Until the LAN driver is installed I do not have an Internet connection. All my Win 10 installations have been activated a few minutes (or even seconds) after the connection became available.

    Finally, I always use a local account to start.
    On my TP installation I switched to my MS account right after I've finished with the installation of all the drivers and the Updates.
    Thank you
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  6.    08 Aug 2015 #16
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 267
    Windows 10

    Here's a possibly dumb question. Would appreciate any feedback.


    I have my existing PC upgraded and activated. My OS is on an SSD. I happen to have an identical SSD that has just been secure erased. If I were to do a clean install on this SSD would my activation still remain valid as Microsoft would have my system specs on their system.
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  7.    08 Aug 2015 #17
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,251
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.483

    Quote Originally Posted by BillGates View Post
    i was one of those people..
    finally figured out the trick yesterday..
    i don't trust Microsoft so avoid communicating with them as much as possible.

    If anyone is still having problems or is considering doing a clean install,
    i highly recommend reading this tutorial.
    That tutorial is not accessible. I get this:

    Message

    Ztruker, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

    1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
    2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.
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  8.    08 Aug 2015 #18
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 236
    Win10 Pro x64

    I have done both with no problems at all. On my laptop (HP Pavilion e010us, Win8.1) I upgraded with the media creation tool, then afterwards I reset the PC and kept nothing. Installed latest drivers for all hardware, and installed some of the HP software I wanted to keep (i.e. coolsense, 3D driveguard, system utilities, etc). On my desktop (See specs, Win7ult) I again upgraded via the media creation tool, and I was actually gonna leave it alone, but it was acting weird (i.e. it would boot slower than the preview, to a black screen, make the win7 startup chime, stay black for another ~10-20 seconds, then show the logon screen) so I decided to wipe the whole drive and do a clean install. I used the media creation tool to make a DVD, wiped all the partitions, and it installed without a hitch (except for the Nvidia drivers but that is because they are broke as hell and has nothing to do with Win10 ). I used my live account for the upgrade on my laptop and the clean install on my desktop, but during the initial upgrade on the desktop I was still using my local win7 account.
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  9.    08 Aug 2015 #19
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,878
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Snakeyes View Post
    Here's a possibly dumb question. Would appreciate any feedback.


    I have my existing PC upgraded and activated. My OS is on an SSD. I happen to have an identical SSD that has just been secure erased. If I were to do a clean install on this SSD would my activation still remain valid as Microsoft would have my system specs on their system.
    Yes, if you swap out the SSD's
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  10.    08 Aug 2015 #20
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,878
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    That tutorial is not accessible. I get this:
    Because his post was removed by admin
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