1.    06 Aug 2015 #1
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    Windows 10 activated using generic key


    Hey guys!

    I have updated my Windows 8.1 system to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool's upgrade option. The upgrade went smoothly, Windows was activated yet when I checked my key it is the generic key given out to Microsoft Insiders.

    I didn't sign up for the Insider program so I'm a little curious. Is my generic key temporary or will it stay as is pemanently?

    I'm sorry if this question has been asked before

    Darcorn
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  2.    06 Aug 2015 #2
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Hello Darcorn, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    When you upgrade to the free 10 from an activated Windows 7/8.1 PC, you do not get a product key. The free Windows 10 activation is registered on MS activation servers for your PC instead. That's why you would "skip" entering a key during a clean install if done after you already upgraded to register the activation.
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  3.    06 Aug 2015 #3
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    Thanks Brink! That means I messed up royally because when Windows Setup asked me for a key during a clean install (my upgrade was activated before) I used the generic key.........Oh well. I think I'll have to do the whole thing again...........
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  4.    06 Aug 2015 #4
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Yep.
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  5.    06 Aug 2015 #5
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    Good thing my OS is still fresh then! Will update this topic as needed
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  6.    06 Aug 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcorn View Post
    Good thing my OS is still fresh then! Will update this topic as needed
    Not necessarily. In an elevated command prompt (run command prompt "as administrator") type slmgr /xpr

    That will tell you your license expiration date. If it is permanently activated, you have no problems.
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  7.    06 Aug 2015 #7
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    Thanks Navy! I'll do that and report back!

    Yep! Slmgr says it's permanently activated. That saved me a lot of work! ))
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  8.    06 Aug 2015 #8
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    If you run the Windows Product Finder (productkey.vbs) it returns a key which I believe is unique to that build.
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  9.    06 Aug 2015 #9
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    Actually I've used ProduKey but thanks for the suggestion
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