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  1.    11 Aug 2015 #1
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    Cannot Activate - Keep waiting?


    Ive called tech support 4 days in a row now and have been told the 003 error is not because my key is blocked but because of issues with servers or something.

    Is this still true?

    I tried installing 3 times, the last time, I went back to windows 7 ultimate, activated it with no problems, and then immediately used my Windows 10 ISO DVD to install windows 10. It never asked for a key I dont think, which I thought was a good sign. I did not run any update for Windows 7. I selected "keep nothing" and it installed and all was well, but when I logged in it said it was not activated and it will currently not activate.

    EDIT TO LIST SOLUTION:

    Basically, I did what others on this thread stated and this issue was due to me not understanding what a 'clean install' was. I thought selected "keep nothing" from within an activated Windows 7 SP1 OS was still considered an upgrade. Not true. And that maybe was a stupid thought. After many failed attempts I did the following:


    1. Installed Windows 7 Ultimate
    2. Activated it with my Key - make sure this takes
    3. Installed SP1
    4. Then I used my Windows 10 ISO disk that I burned to do an 'upgrade'. This means I selected "KEEP ALL" when it got to that point.
    5. It installed
    6. It then said it was activated. Make sure this happens.
    7. Then I did a 'reset' which brought me back to a clean install state.


    Many thanks to the support here.
    Last edited by brazosdog02; 13 Aug 2015 at 21:27.
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  2.    11 Aug 2015 #2
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    windows 10 Pro

    Same here. But today microsoft office downloaded Updates and asked for restart, on reboot windows was activated.
    Thought windows 10 was activated on your hardware not software as well.
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  3.    12 Aug 2015 #3
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    Try opening an elevated command prompt ("run as administrator" command prompt). Type slmgr /ato to force an online activation try. If it doesn't work the first time, try a few times. If it doesn't activate that way after 4 or 5 tries, type "slui 4" without the quotations. That will open the old phone activation screen and you can try over the phone. Please let me know if the second method works if the first one fails because I have not been able to try it.
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  4.    12 Aug 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Try opening an elevated command prompt ("run as administrator" command prompt). Type slmgr /ato to force an online activation try. If it doesn't work the first time, try a few times. If it doesn't activate that way after 4 or 5 tries, type "slui 4" without the quotations. That will open the old phone activation screen and you can try over the phone. Please let me know if the second method works if the first one fails because I have not been able to try it.
    The first says my key is blocked. ITs said that for 3 days. Ill try the second, but not hopeful.
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  5.    12 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by brazosdog02 View Post
    The first says my key is blocked. ITs said that for 3 days. Ill try the second, but not hopeful.
    Just curious - what key does showkeyplus show for Windows 10 that is blocked?
    Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

    To block all the keys as in the screen shot, just click on them.
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  6.    12 Aug 2015 #6
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    It would be my Windows 7 key i ASSUME. Im not sure. The one shown ends in VVT. This is utterly f-ing ridiculous. Seriously. This is a giant cluster...there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for an install like this to have so many problems and failures to activate. This should be a non-issue. At the worst, I should be able to call them and give them my windows 7 key and they should be able to activate my windows 10...period...end of story...bar none...etc...etc...etc.

    The fact that this has been so poorly implemented and organized is quite alarming. Sitting on hold, talking with horrible techs to get absolutely no where is just not acceptable.
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  7.    12 Aug 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by brazosdog02 View Post
    It would be my Windows 7 key i ASSUME. Im not sure. The one shown ends in VVT.
    That's strange. Windows 7 Ultimate should upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Did you download and upgrade to Windows 10 Pro? The generic key that you will get for the Windows 10 Pro free upgrade is:
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    This is what my showkey for an upgrade looks like:
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  8.    12 Aug 2015 #8
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    And what is really interesting is produkey shows my previous installed Windows 8.1 RTM key as being assigned to Internet Explorer....
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  9.    12 Aug 2015 #9
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    Were you able to succesfully upgrade WIndows 7 to Windows 10 or did you go straight to doing a clean install using Win 7 key?
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  10.    12 Aug 2015 #10
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    Im sorry. I have a typo. My key shown for Windows 10 is the 3V66T. But it is not activated.

    I have my produkey from 8.1 which is shown to be IE, but that doesnt do anything either. I was told to wait by tech support, then the a-holes tried to tell me that I can't install from a CD ISO because it won't match something if I don't download it directly from the windows update. I CANT DO THAT because I am on a metered connection. I have to use a DVD ISO downloaded from a broadband connecttion. Its windows 10. WIndows is windows is windows is windows. You either have a generic key from upgrade or you have a key becuase you paid for it.

    This should make absolutely no difference at all.

    What I did was install windows 7 ULTIMATE THAT I PAID FOR, then I stuck my DVD for WINDOWS 10 64BIT in and it went through the install process. Why is this so hard for MS? The upgrade to 10 is and was successful. I just can't activate it.

    I have my original windows 7 install on a different disl still, can I somehow trick the software by finding a hardware file or something?
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