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  1.    20 Aug 2015 #11

    Run the following in command prompt:

    slmgr /dlv

    to check licence status, as XweAponX suggested..
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  2.    20 Aug 2015 #12
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Netherlands
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    If you would like to avoid a complete re-install and you have a spare harddisk lying around then you can
    follow this procedure to create the hash code needed on Microsoft's servers.
    Then the next time you run your Windows 10 again it should activate since the hash code is present


    - create a Windows 10 installation USB stick or burn it to DVD
    - disconnect all your harddisk in the PC
    - only connect the spare harddisk
    - clean install your Windows 7 on this disk with the key you own
    - no need to install any updates ! (takes so much time)
    - run the setup.exe from the Windows 10 USB stick / DVD you made
    - When this clean Windows 10 is up and running, shut it down, you don't need it anymore.
    - Disconnect the spare harddisk
    - reconnect all your normal harddisks
    - Windows 10 should now activate automatically, maybe you need to use slmgr /ato to force it.

    Good luck !


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  3.    20 Aug 2015 #13
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 940
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    To the last post, I would add that you need to confirm that Win10 (1) is activated and (2) does not have an expiration date -- BEFORE you shut it down and disconnect the drive.
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  4.    20 Aug 2015 #14
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,069
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by MJD View Post
    My Windows 7 WAS legit. Activated without a hitch. 10 is shown as activated right now still, despite the expiry date. Right now I don't currently have the money to go buying a Windows 10 home license. That's pretty aggravating. Good ol MS and their loopholes. I'm glad I didn't delete my Windows 7 files yet. At least I can go back to it if I can't get it to activate once it "expires".... I still haven't tried the slmgr /rearm command. The weird thing is that my cousin did the same thing and used the same tool for his laptop, and he's fine, no expiration message or anything, his desktop in his basement has the same thing that I have though. His Windows 7 was also genuine I'm pretty sure.

    Attachment 32715

    This is what my activation screen is saying at the moment.

    Well, I guess then that there's really nothing that anyone can do about this.
    It is strange as to September 13 when Windows 10 was official on July 29, did you do your upgrade on Aug. 13 ?
    Guess you can wait till then to try the command slgmr and see. If you try either one posted from here and does not work, try calling Microsoft. Yes, can always go back to Windows 7, don't change anything yet.
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  5.    20 Aug 2015 #15
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,551
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by FakeMoustache View Post
    [COLOR=#333333]If you would like to avoid a complete re-install and you have a spare harddisk lying around then you can...

    - disconnect all your harddisk in the PC
    - only connect the spare harddisk
    If he doesn't have a spare, but has a big enough hard drive installed, he can use a partitioning tool to shrink the existing windows partition and make 50gb or so of empty space. Install Windows 7 on the empty space, upgrade that. Make sure everything activates permanently. Then wipe it out and expand his original partition and it should activate permanently.
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  6.    20 Aug 2015 #16
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3

    Quote Originally Posted by MJD View Post
    My Windows 7 WAS legit. Activated without a hitch. 10 is shown as activated right now still, despite the expiry date. Right now I don't currently have the money to go buying a Windows 10 home license. That's pretty aggravating. Good ol MS and their loopholes. I'm glad I didn't delete my Windows 7 files yet. At least I can go back to it if I can't get it to activate once it "expires".... I still haven't tried the slmgr /rearm command. The weird thing is that my cousin did the same thing and used the same tool for his laptop, and he's fine, no expiration message or anything, his desktop in his basement has the same thing that I have though. His Windows 7 was also genuine I'm pretty sure.

    Attachment 32715

    This is what my activation screen is saying at the moment.

    Well, I guess then that there's really nothing that anyone can do about this.
    It sounds as though you mistakenly clean installed Windows 10. It's probably going to be a common mistake.

    The Insider's program opened up again recently and the expiry for the Preview 10.0.240 has been updated - or as another member stated, the 30 day trial. This might not have shown up until the Retail 240 and Preview 240 no longer matched (Preview 525 is available now on the fast ring)

    The best advice I can offer is
    1. Boot to the Windows 7 install
      create a system image of your Windows 7 install
      Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Help Forums

      if there is not a separate Windows 7 install (you mentioned deleting your Windows 7 files - which could be windows.old), then create a system image of what is installed (Win10?)
      System Image - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    2. Go back to the previous version
      Windows 10 - Go Back to Previous Windows - Windows 10 Forums

    3. Do a proper upgrade. You already have the install media, so basically you just run setup on the install media from inside a running Windows 7
      Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums


    I could have asked a bunch of questions, but this thread is closed, so I just offered a quick and dirty based on what I read on the thread.

    The Thread Starter's install is most likely a standard 30 day trial.
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  7.    20 Aug 2015 #17
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Did not realize this, seemed as though talking like Windows 7 was still there from an upgrade.
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  8.    20 Aug 2015 #18
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Spring Valley
    Posts : 559
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate

    Quote Originally Posted by MJD View Post
    My Windows 7 WAS legit. Activated without a hitch. 10 is shown as activated right now still, despite the expiry date. Right now I don't currently have the money to go buying a Windows 10 home license. That's pretty aggravating. Good ol MS and their loopholes. I'm glad I didn't delete my Windows 7 files yet. At least I can go back to it if I can't get it to activate once it "expires".... I still haven't tried the slmgr /rearm command. The weird thing is that my cousin did the same thing and used the same tool for his laptop, and he's fine, no expiration message or anything, his desktop in his basement has the same thing that I have though. His Windows 7 was also genuine I'm pretty sure.

    Attachment 32715

    This is what my activation screen is saying at the moment.

    Well, I guess then that there's really nothing that anyone can do about this.
    If you updated, you should have a perm activation. But you should have Windows 7 backed up, you can restore. do that for now, you can always try the update again later.

    I've seen this happen on computers bought in stores, they are activated, then suddenly, they are in 30-day grace period, then they de activate. I would simply call MS and get a new activation, all they need is the product key from the official certificate on the side of the PC.

    I've even seen it happen to my PCs, from one reboot to the next, I would lose my activation. There should be a number to call where you can get re-activated.
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  9.    20 Aug 2015 #19
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Spring Valley
    Posts : 559
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate

    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Did not realize this, seemed as though talking like Windows 7 was still there from an upgrade.
    Yah, that's what his post clearly implies.
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  10.    20 Aug 2015 #20
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,069
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Yah, that's what his post clearly implies.
    True, i wonder if i will have any issues as when i did my upgrade it was on July 29. After upgrade many like me had no activation yet, due to server overloads at MS. What happened to me and reasons i say this is, after the upgrade i had an issue with an installed driver and PC was stuck after a restart. As i tried a repair disc from disc i made before the Windows 10 upgrade and there was no restore points to go back on. Figured had only 2 choices, do a reset, refresh or try a clean install. Figured reset or refresh might not get rid of the driver as was for a IDE ATA/ATAPI controller.

    Did a clean install of Windows 10 and it worked fine, booted and restarted fine. Only issue still was no activation and it told me my key was blocked. When i tried the slgmr command and still is activated since then. This has been since July 29, today is August 20, have 9 days to know if this holds any truth to a 30 day.
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