Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
       #40

    bobjoe said:
    I installed that programme.

    It says:


    Product Name: Windows 10 Home

    Product ID: some numbers

    Installed Key: SAME key that Speecy is showing.

    Original Key: My Windows 7 Home Premium key.
    Original Edition: Windows 7 HomePremium Retail

    OEM Key: OEM key not present in firmware.
    Your the first one I've heard of that got a unique key via the free upgrade.
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  2. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       #41

    ramram55 said:
    Do a clean install using the MS media, that should show you the generic key, what you have done is upgrade.
    Yes, I did do an upgrade. I said that in the beginning.

    What I don't understand is how my key is unique... It's neither my W7 key, nor the "generic" W10 Home key.
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  3. Posts : 889
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #42

    bobjoe said:
    Yes, I did do an upgrade. I said that in the beginning.

    What I don't understand is how my key is unique... It's neither my W7 key, nor the "generic" W10 Home key.
    MS has given you an new windows 10 retail key!!! Which is transferable. I hope I were you!
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  4. Posts : 111
    windows 8.1
       #43

    Post 39 is shown upgraded product key original key from retail. As long as yours show activated. Should be fine. click start > Settings and see activation, if activated you are good.
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  5. Posts : 889
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #44

    Did any one buy a retail Windows 10? I wonder what the Showkey Says?
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  6. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
       #45

    I'm running Windows 10 Education and showkey shows the key I used to activate it with. It's a unique key, its one of my MSDN keys. I upgraded from 10 Pro to 10 Education.
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  7. Posts : 889
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #46

    alphanumeric said:
    I'm running Windows 10 Education and showkey shows the key I used to activate it with. It's a unique key, its one of my MSDN keys. I upgraded from 10 Pro to 10 Education.
    Was it retail Windows? Did you use this key to clean install yet? Wonder what Showkey shows?
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  8. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
       #47

    jyusa said:
    Was it retail Windows? Did you use this key to clean install yet? Wonder what Showkey shows?
    MSDN lists the keys as Retail. Those keys are good for clean installs. I only upgraded because it was an option from 10 Pro. I didn't feel like doing a clean install at this time. This wasn't a free upgrade type deal. The Education version isn't a free upgrade too, or from. I installed it because it has the Windows To Go utility built in. The only other version that has it is Enterprise. I'm running Enterprise on my Laptop, I'm sure showkey will show me that key to, I had to enter it to activate after the install, it was a clean install. I'd say if I reinstalled either version I'll have to enter a product code to activate. Enterprise for sure. Enterprise installs with a generic key that will not activate. There is no prompt to enter a key. You have to do a change key and enter your key to activate it.
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  9. Posts : 889
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #48

    alphanumeric said:
    MSDN lists the keys as Retail. Those keys are good for clean installs. I only upgraded because it was an option from 10 Pro. I didn't feel like doing a clean install at this time. This wasn't a free upgrade type deal. The Education version isn't a free upgrade too, or from. I installed it because it has the Windows To Go utility built in. The only other version that has it is Enterprise. I'm running Enterprise on my Laptop, I'm sure showkey will show me that key to, I had to enter it to activate after the install, it was a clean install. I'd say if I reinstalled either version I'll have to enter a product code to activate. Enterprise for sure. Enterprise installs with a generic key that will not activate. There is no prompt to enter a key. You have to do a change key and enter your key to activate it.
    Thanks a lot of your information. Another lesson I learned.
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  10. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       #49

    jyusa said:
    MS has given you an new windows 10 retail key!!! Which is transferable. I hope I were you!
    Didn't everyone??? What did you get???
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