Windows 10: 14342 pro activation fails Solved

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  1.    06 Jun 2016 #1

    14342 pro activation fails


    I did a clean install of 14342 pro.

    I activated with XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-TXYCV

    AFTER about 10 seconds activation fails without a 0x... code.

    If I put in a completely bogus code a 0x code occurs immediately.

    This procedure with 14342 home activates just fine.

    Can someone help me? Thanks.

    :)
    Last edited by essenbe; 06 Jun 2016 at 01:26. Reason: Removed Key
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  2.    06 Jun 2016 #2

    I forgot to say that this is the 32 bit version.

    The troubleshooter says NOT GENUINE.

    I did another update check, KB3158988 installed
    but did not fix the problem.
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  3.    06 Jun 2016 #3

    You will need to post the full error code... the 0x prefix applies to all errors.
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  4.    06 Jun 2016 #4

    There is no 0x... code.

    What I am saying is that the activation code I used must be good.

    Bogus activation codes yield 0x... codes immediately.
    The code I used fails only after 10 seconds saying only "go to the store and buy a genuine key".

    I mentioned the 0x... code thing only as a troubleshooting element.

    ===

    As I see it:

    1. The iso file I downloaded might be bad on the server,
    however nobody else has reported this problem.

    2. The iso might not have been downloaded correctly.

    3. There might have been a problem when I converted to USB.

    I need to repeat these steps but I would like to use 14352 or later
    if possible if I knew it's activation code.

    Could someone help please?
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  5.    06 Jun 2016 #5

    Have you had an activated released version of Windows on that computer before? Microsoft is only activating insider previews now based on a previously activated released version of Windows 10 - one that got activated from either an upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 or with a purchased Windows 10 product key. It sounds to me like you are downloading an ISO file from a non-Microsoft source and attempting to use an outdated product key to activate it - and please forgive me if I am wrong.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 06 Jun 2016 at 14:52.
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  6.    06 Jun 2016 #6

    That would not be a factor.

    The hard disk was replaced partitioned and formatted before I started.

    And the key worked just fine with 14342/32bit home.

    I think (possibly) the ISO or USB was defective in some way.

    I have located 14352 and it's codes and I will try that this evening.

    Thanks.
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  7.    06 Jun 2016 #7

    K. But as far as I know you can no longer activate a clean install of Windows Insider Preview with a product key.

    No more Windows 10 keys for Insiders; post-RTM installs must be on previously activated PCs
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 06 Jun 2016 at 16:05.
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  8.    07 Jun 2016 #8

    But... there has to be a 0x... error - running slmgr /dlv should give you one.
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       08 Jun 2016 #9

    The same key cannot activate different editions (Home / Pro...) of Windows.

    Care to divulge what product the key you used was assigned?
    NOT the key, but where you got the key and for what product.

    I would venture to guess that the same mechanism that allows a user to Clean install Win10 with a key for a qualifying previous version (7 / 8) also allows a user to install a preview release as long as the editions match - but that's just a guess.

    The article Navy linked was written 10 months ago (August 2015) ... before build 10565.
    The basic premise is correct though - no generic Preview build keys
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  10.    08 Jun 2016 #10

    Slartybart said: View Post
    The same key cannot activate different editions (Home / Pro...) of Windows.

    Care to divulge what product the key you used was assigned?
    NOT the key, but where you got the key and for what product.
    CirrusOne said: View Post
    I did a clean install of 14342 pro.

    I activated with XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-TXYCV

    AFTER about 10 seconds activation fails without a 0x... code.

    If I put in a completely bogus code a 0x code occurs immediately.

    This procedure with 14342 home activates just fine.

    Can someone help me? Thanks.

    :)
    Just an educated guess.... but I would say here:
    Download Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO File - Windows 10 Forums

    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview build 10158, 10159, 10162, and 10166: 8N67H-M3CY9-QT7C4-2TR7M-TXYCV
    His computer probably has a digital entitlement for Home version (which is why it activated) and he is wanting to activate Pro insider version on it for free without having had a previous paid version of Pro (and therefore a digital entitlement) - which Microsoft is no longer doing.
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