Windows 10: Windows 10 activated after upgrade, now it says its not

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  1.    25 Oct 2015 #11

    sbdresner said: View Post
    Please advise.

    Steve
    Go back to a Windows 8.1 installation and upgrade from that. That is what Microsoft is giving away for free - an upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 - not "upgrades" from insider builds.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 25 Oct 2015 at 09:43.
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  2.    25 Oct 2015 #12

    Thanks for trying. But the page does not help, as the comments indicate. I will not do a third clean install and I will not purchase a product key. If this activation maze isn't fixed, I'm more than ready to switch to a Linux distro.
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  3.    25 Oct 2015 #13

    The last I read, the RTM could be installed from insider builds. I've already done that twice, and the RTM was activated. But the activation was soon disabled.
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  4.    25 Oct 2015 #14

    From Microsoft Community:

    "By default, Windows 10 builds are pre-keyed, meaning, you do not have to enter a product key and should not be prompted to enter one as long as you upgraded from an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 license or Windows 10 Preview build."
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  5.    27 Oct 2015 #15

    Yea, as far as I know, as long as you're in the Windows Insider program, you can upgrade to RTM from beta builds... however, there are some prerequisites:

    You’re not getting an activated version of Windows 10 RTM (the final build) for free, unless you originally installed the Windows 10 Preview on a device running an activated copy of Windows 7 or 8.1.
    Microsoft Finally Decides, No Free Windows 10 For Beta Testers

    So basically, if you fresh installed the preview, no dice. It had to be installed as an upgrade from 7 or 8.1.

    It basically all boiled down to a simple choice: you could remain an Insider, running the latest (and buggiest) beta version of 10, but never having to pay for it; or, you can pony up for a new license key like everyone else or simply upgrade from 7 or 8.1 to the RTM and the upgrade for free from that point on...

    I think later builds will be made available to the general public eventually as they come out.
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  6.    27 Oct 2015 #16

    Many thanks, Chris.

    I think I finally understand.
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