Windows 10 Activation questions

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  1. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #51

    Fixed, best guess is it was the
    Logo"="C:\\windows\\ASUS\\ASUSLOGO.bmp line? I had forgot to copy over the ASUS folder with the logo in it. After I copied over the folder and rebooted the settings info page opens now. It doesn't show the logo anywhere on that page though? Control panel does though.
    Usually this is all done on install via a $OEM$ folder on my install media. The last install on this PC was done with stock install media without the OEM info stuff.
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  2. Superfly's Avatar
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       #52

    LOL.. good on you bud...

    I recall doing bios mods and forgetting to scale the bmp and booting to a black screen - thought my PC had died! LOL
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #53

    @sportsfan148, it would be interesting to run showkey plus on that computer and see if there is a product key stored in UEFI. It would show up like this:

    Windows 10 Activation questions-capture.jpg
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  4. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,094
    Windows 10 IoT
       #54

    Superfly said:
    LOL.. good on you bud...

    I recall doing bios mods and forgetting to scale the bmp and booting to a black screen - thought my PC had died! LOL
    At one time I had custom install media for each PC, OEM logo's and the OEM system info etc. Lately I just use the one thumb drive and can't be bothered with doing the custom stuff anymore. I'm the only one that see's it anyway lol.
    I did a couple of those mods. ASUS had a tool / utility to do theirs. The novelty wore off and now its all stock BIOS.
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  5. sportsfan148's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 202H
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       #55

    NavyLCDR said:
    @sportsfan148, it would be interesting to run showkey plus on that computer and see if there is a product key stored in UEFI. It would show up like this:

    Windows 10 Activation questions-capture.jpg
    Hi mate. I ran Showkey Plus again. No..Theres nothing like your system has showing...so nothing stored in UEFI. Theres only one Product Key listed and that's the Installed key
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #56

    alphanumeric said:
    I just ran my OEM info reg file to add my Model number to the registry. It shows up as M4N68T-M V2 in control panel > System. Still doesn't show up online though? I have no idea where it gets that info from.
    My "System" shows nothing about my motherboard, while my online account shows H81M-DS2, which could be derived from the BIOS.

    alphanumeric said:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation]
    It shows nothing about my system.
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  7. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #57

    Matthew Wai said:
    My "System" shows nothing about my motherboard, while my online account shows H81M-DS2, which could be derived from the BIOS.

    It shows nothing about my system.
    I was just playing a hunch that it might get pulled from there, it isn't. I added in that info on this PC and it made no difference.
    My two devices that actually show the model number are my two laptops with UEFI BIOS.
    The ones that just say PC are my two desktops with legacy BIOS.
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #58

    H81M-DS2 has UEFI.
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  9. Porthos's Avatar
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    Win 10
       #59

    The replacement motherboard might be a refurb and was activated previously with 10 before it got refurbed. That would explain the auto-activation. Do you really think Dell or any other OEM is going to give you a "new" board on a warranty replacement.
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  10. cereberus's Avatar
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    Windows10
       #60

    sportsfan148 said:
    Overthinking can be a problem of mine yeah!! lol
    It seems that using a Microsoft Account at the time was a good move. It enabled the digital license transfer to go through smoothly. Its making me wonder now..if for that reason alone..sticking to using a Microsoft Account might be advisable. It looks like if youre signed in with a Local Account and youre about to have a motherboard replaced..future activations would be affected. If I had been signed into my laptop with a Local Account at the time but I managed to switch the Local account to my Microsoft Account immediately before the engineer replaced the motherboard..would that still have enabled a smooth transfer of the Digital License? Or is that not the same thing as if Windows 10 had been clean installed and Activated using a Microsoft Account sign in?
    For clarity.

    If you login with an MS Account, the digital licence is tied to MS account enabling you to activate it in event of a hardware change as discussed.

    HOWEVER - if you revert the account to a local account, the link is REMOVED!

    If you want to keep the link AND use a local account, you have to create a second account and NOT touch the MS account.
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