Windows 10: I can't activate my Windows 10 Solved

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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    I can't activate my Windows 10


    I have done clean install of windows 10 which I downloaded from Microsoft site and I can't activate my windows. ( I did update from windows 8.1 )

    Need help!!
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  2.    07 Aug 2015 #2

    Devilz said: View Post
    I have done clean install of windows 10 which I downloaded from Microsoft site and I can't activate my windows. ( I did update from windows 8.1 )

    Need help!!
    I tried activating windows through settings menu and I get key error. It has declared my genuine windows 8 key to counterfeit
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  3. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       07 Aug 2015 #3

    Hi,

    Just to confirm:
    • You did upgrade first before the clean install?
    • Did you confirm the upgrade correctly activated before moving on to clean install?
    • Did you enter a product key during either of the install procedures? If you did then that would lead to a failed activation as a product key should not be entered at any time.
    • Oh...And the 8.1 is definitely genuine yeah?
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  4.    08 Aug 2015 #4

    WhyMe said: View Post
    Hi,

    Just to confirm:
    • You did upgrade first before the clean install?
    • Did you confirm the upgrade correctly activated before moving on to clean install?
    • Did you enter a product key during either of the install procedures? If you did then that would lead to a failed activation as a product key should not be entered at any time.
    • Oh...And the 8.1 is definitely genuine yeah?
    I didn't upgrade first as I went straight for clean install. Also I didn't entered serial key as I skipped it and yes mate my windows is genuine as it came preinstall on my laptop from manufacture and I upgraded to 8.1 through windows update.
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  5. Posts : 5,570
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       08 Aug 2015 #5

    You needed to upgrade first before a clean install.

    You will need to reinstall Windows 8.1 and upgrade to 10 and activate only then will you be able to do a clean install.
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  6.    08 Aug 2015 #6

    z3r010 said: View Post
    You needed to upgrade first before a clean install.

    You will need to reinstall Windows 8.1 and upgrade to 10 and activate only then will you be able to do a clean install.
    I figure this out but now problem is when I try to reinstall windows 8 using windows dvd, it gives me error that key is not valid and it won't pass the serial key screen.
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  7. Posts : 5,570
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       08 Aug 2015 #7

    Where did you get the DVD?
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  8.    08 Aug 2015 #8

    If you go here, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media you can download the correct install media that will use your OEM embedded key. You have to match it version for version with what was installed at the factory. If it was Pro install Pro, if it was just 8.1 install 8.1 etc. If you install the wrong version it will reject your key and you'll have to start all over again with the correct version.
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  9.    22 Aug 2015 #9

    z3r010 said: View Post
    Where did you get the DVD?
    I bought it from Microsoft

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    If you go here, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media you can download the correct install media that will use your OEM embedded key. You have to match it version for version with what was installed at the factory. If it was Pro install Pro, if it was just 8.1 install 8.1 etc. If you install the wrong version it will reject your key and you'll have to start all over again with the correct version.
    I have got windows DVD for both 8 and 8.1 versions but its not letting me install as I deleted recovery partition when I clean install windows 10
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  10.    22 Aug 2015 #10

    Devilz said: View Post
    I bought it from Microsoft



    I have got windows DVD for both 8 and 8.1 versions but its not letting me install as I deleted recovery partition when I clean install windows 10
    You don't need the recovery partition to do a clean install? If it's asking for a key, your installing the wrong version. If your PC shipped with 8.0 or 8.1 (Core not Pro), you need to install Windows 8.1. If it came with 8.0 Pro or 8.1 Pro, you need to install 8.1 Pro. Same deal if it was the Single Language version, install 8.1 SL.

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