Let me share you this " its really messed up and has been for awhile being in the inside of all this " and hopefully it all gets resolved
Its all in the hands going forward to our CEO what will happen its his call " lets just hope he makes the right choices at the right time "
There has been lots of hush hush the last 6 months " lets wait and see what is in the works "
That's really strange something doesn't add up... and I would call support something didn't register correctly on the MS side
"activations are automated"
MS servers, give a new licence and activate and store your activation and ' Q ' numbers on a separate system that are interconnected
there is a structure of inventory and the system assigns you what version is compatible for your device and this can go wrong and undermine or oversee the process and give you a lower level of request
In order to have the firmware key not being recognized, they have to remove the Windows/System32/spp/tokens/pkeyconfig/pkeyconfig-downlevel.xrm-ms file.
In addition, the base pkeyconfig.xrm-ms still has Win 8 OEM Core (NB: not retail nor any 8.1 nor Pro) key signatures - so they will have to clean that up first.
Or back up what is important and format your current drive and install a fresh copy of Win 7 or Windows 8/8.1 and you will get upgraded to Win 10 as long as you have hard drive space.
A virus or hardware changes can also kick down your activation or give you problems in the upgrade process
Just to be clear, Windows 10 OEM do use product keys. But they are like OEM keys always have been. They are blocked on Microsoft's servers. The computer you buy with Windows 10 installed does not use digital entitlement. That means that after the drop dead date this summer we will go back to 95% of consumer copies of Windows 10 being product-key self-activated just like in the past. Also, if you purchase Windows 10 from the Windows Store and receive it by electronic software delivery rather than in the mail or over the counter it will be digitally entitled and not product-key activated. See the Microsoft paper at
Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help
Cbarnhorst that will be all changed right after Windows 2016 gets out of the way and updated system wide
" Like I said the COLA will be re-written and modified more then any Windows upgrade will ever be "
MS made that very clear that there will be changes going forward at end user level through the current and updated COLA user policies this is the only built in tool that overrides everything when needed and used by MS to do whatever they want when you press agree with their terms
No, that will not be changed. Most consumer computers will be product-key activated because they are off-line activated. That has been true since XP debuted. That is how it is now. July won't affect that. What won't happen after July is upgrade licenses. They are gone. Every copy of Windows 10 is Full Package Product.