Can't activate Windows no matter what I do

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  1. Posts : 61,554
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #11

    rzn6jw,

    When you run "slui 4", check to see if you may see a default app icon on your taskbar to indicate if the "Select your country or region" window may just be hidden behind another window or offscreen.
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  2. Posts : 1,567
    Windows 10 Pro
       #12

    There seem to be some other options that have come up since FCU Creator's Update, described at this link: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/act...osoft-support/

    Any comment on that link, @Brink?
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  3. Posts : 61,554
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #13

    Word Man said:
    There seem to be some other options that have come up since FCU Creator's Update, described at this link: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/act...osoft-support/

    Any comment on that link, @Brink?
    I haven't tested that method, but it's worth trying.
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  4. Posts : 199
    Win 10 Pro 64bit v 21H1 build 19043.1166
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Noticed that the key shown in ShowKeyPlus is the same 'default' key you're told to use in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4023300.
    That's supposed to trigger MS into activating the OS but doesn't.

    Still can't figure out why slui doesn't work. Idea above involves using slui to get phone activation but doesn't work here. Nothing has been indicated of anything in the taskbar waiting a reply (or anywhere on the desktop either).

    Tried running slui 4 from my Pro PC (activated) and it doesn't work either.
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  5. Posts : 199
    Win 10 Pro 64bit v 21H1 build 19043.1166
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Here's 2 'Showkeys', the first is from my Pro 64bit FCU, the second is from the problem Home 64bit. The 1st shows, not only the default key but also the original Win 7 retail key. The second showkey shows none of that. Keep in mind that I installed the Home 64bit .iso on a blank HDD on the Home PC instead of installing directly on the then current C:/ drive (where I suspect any keys would be stored).

    Can't activate Windows no matter what I do-pro-showkey.jpg
    Can't activate Windows no matter what I do-home-showkey.jpg
    Here's a showkey from the original Home 32bit installation. It shows the default key and the retail key. So I'm beginning to think this problem has something to do with the change to 64bit not being installed on the original C:/ drive. Or am I wrong?

    Can't activate Windows no matter what I do-original-home-32bit-showkey.jpg
    Last edited by rzn6jw; 21 Dec 2017 at 19:06.
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  6. Posts : 199
    Win 10 Pro 64bit v 21H1 build 19043.1166
    Thread Starter
       #16

    After a reboot, the Windows key/r works but when I enter 'slui' and select OK, it takes me directly to the 'Enter Product Key' screen (no other options except 'Next'), not Call and provide your installation ID screen, so phone support seems to be out here.
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  7. Posts : 17,133
    Windows 10
       #17

    Exact same thing happened to me when I upgraded my motherboard.

    Have you tried contacting Microsoft support directly?

    When I was unable to active Windows 10 I contacted them through the live chat option. I explained my problem and they talked me through a couple possible solutions, but none of them worked so I granted them remote access to my PC and within 5 minutes they were able to activate it for me.
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  8. Posts : 1,567
    Windows 10 Pro
       #18

    @rzn6jw - It looks like you can start chat with MS here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/contactus/
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  9. Posts : 3,446
       #19

    Please note phone activation (slui 4) will only work with Win 10 keys installed (not the default)

    I may have missed it, but which error code appears when entering either Win 7 key?


    Edit: OIC... "no errors" mentioned in the OP.. Run a diag report there will be some event log erros that will help

    Activation troubleshooting - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. Posts : 199
    Win 10 Pro 64bit v 21H1 build 19043.1166
    Thread Starter
       #20

    Superfly: code is 0x0803F7001.
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