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  1.    06 Aug 2015 #1

    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

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       06 Aug 2015 #2

    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

    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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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18317
       06 Aug 2015 #4

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  5.    06 Aug 2015 #5

    Good thing my OS is still fresh then! Will update this topic as needed
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  6.    06 Aug 2015 #6

    Darcorn said: 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

    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

    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

    Actually I've used ProduKey but thanks for the suggestion :)
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