Windows 10: Win 10 activation is expiring - volume license Solved

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  1.    19 Feb 2018 #11

    both methods did not work.

    1st I entered the generic win 10 key
    result - can not activate error code 0xc03f6506

    then I tried the win 7 key
    'key is not valid" error code 0xc004f050

    any other ideas?
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  2.    19 Feb 2018 #12

    Backup your data.

    Clean install Windows 10 Pro and enter your 7 Pro key.

    Unless your 7 key on the sticker is fake as well it will work.

    There are a dozen ways to do it but you can definitely activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 key.
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  3.    19 Feb 2018 #13

    I ran the Dell OS recovery tool. It says I can only install Win 7 pro.
    I'm guessing this laptop was delivered as a Win 7 Pro, then either it was wiped clean by the guy who sold it and he installed Win 10 with a volume license and activate it with KMS or it was updated at the company that owned it with a volume license and the guy who sold it on ebay bought it after the lease expired.

    as I was searching around with some different key tools and I found out this Win 10 installation was activated almost exactly 1 year ago. So sounds like some kine of corporate license that has to be re-activated each year.

    to the last post-- I can't re-install Win-10 because I don't have it. I bought this laptop used and it was already installed. I didn't get any backup disks with it.
    Why would it work with the Win7 key after a clean install if it will not active with the win7 key now?
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  4.    20 Feb 2018 #14

    It sounds like the laptop came with a version of Windows 7 that could only be installed and activated from factory supplied recovery media. It doesn't have the type of product key that can be activated from Microsoft - the "product key" is embedded in the factory recovery media and activates against the corresponding key stored in the computer's bios. I think you are pretty much out of luck - you are either going to have to find and/or purchase the factory recovery media containing the Windows 7 for that laptop, install it, then upgrade to Windows 10 - hopefully still for free. Or purchase Windows 10.

    In any case, file a complaint against the seller, if they advertised the laptop as coming with Windows 10.
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  5.    20 Feb 2018 #15

    tikicarver said: View Post
    both methods did not work.

    1st I entered the generic win 10 key
    result - can not activate error code 0xc03f6506

    then I tried the win 7 key
    'key is not valid" error code 0xc004f050

    any other ideas?
    I'm thinking it's likely the activation files on that installation have been tampered with... in which case a clean install will be required.

    BTW: When checked, does ShowKeyPlus validate the key?

    PS: Check if this file is present C:\Windows\System32\spp\tokens\pkeyconfig\pkeyconfig-downlevel.xrm-ms
    (without it the Win 7 key will not be recognised on Win 10)


    -- I'm just wondering if a Win 10 Pro VL ISO image was used to install which may not have it (as VL does not qualify for the free upgrade) -- answered my own question below...
    Last edited by Superfly; 20 Feb 2018 at 10:52.
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  6.    20 Feb 2018 #16

    Im wondering where the validation is pointing to

    windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -skms kms.csx.private. ?????
    that product key appears on MS KMS docs its the base client set-up key


    Roy
    Last edited by hawkman; 20 Feb 2018 at 08:19.
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  7.    20 Feb 2018 #17

    hawkman said: View Post
    Im wondering where the validation is pointing to

    windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -skms kms.csx.private. ?????
    that product key appears on MS KMS docs its the base client set-up key


    Roy
    Yup, it will prove whether the original activation was via a legit KMS server or not...


    PS: Downloaded a VL ISO and it does indeed contain the necessary files for the upgrade with a Win 7 key...
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  8.    20 Feb 2018 #18

    Superfly said: View Post
    I'm thinking it's likely the activation files on that installation have been tampered with... in which case a clean install will be required.

    BTW: When checked, does ShowKeyPlus validate the key?
    PS: Check if this file is present C:\Windows\System32\spp\tokens\pkeyconfig\pkeyconfig-downlevel.xrm-ms
    (without it the Win 7 key will not be recognised on Win 10)

    -- I'm just wondering if a Win 10 Pro VL ISO image was used to install which may not have it (as VL does not qualify for the free upgrade) -- answered my own question below...
    that file is there
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  9.    20 Feb 2018 #19

    i don't really know how to use that command but here is what / dlv returned.

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  10.    20 Feb 2018 #20

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    It sounds like the laptop came with a version of Windows 7 that could only be installed and activated from factory supplied recovery media. It doesn't have the type of product key that can be activated from Microsoft - the "product key" is embedded in the factory recovery media and activates against the corresponding key stored in the computer's bios. I think you are pretty much out of luck - you are either going to have to find and/or purchase the factory recovery media containing the Windows 7 for that laptop, install it, then upgrade to Windows 10 - hopefully still for free. Or purchase Windows 10.
    In any case, file a complaint against the seller, if they advertised the laptop as coming with Windows 10.
    This is a Dell laptop. i went to their support site and I can download the win7 recovery ISO. Since it has the win7 COA I assume I would have no problem re-installing Win7. i was just hoping there was a way to reactivate win-10.

    I tried to contact the seller. no response. I will contact ebay.
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