MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)

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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #21

    zbook said:
    Consider installing these hardware diagnostic software / firmware: (link in the earlier post)

    HP UEFI hardware diagnostics version 8.3.0.0
    HP Windows diagnostics version 1.7.0.0
    I'll run the UEFI diagnostics tonight.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro
       #22

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-capture1.jpg

    It should be set to manual and started.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #23

    BigMac said:
    The upper one is from the command prompt, and the lower is from command prompt (admin)
    NavyLCDR said:
    I'm wondering if Sledgehammer is causing the lower error window. The lower error window indicates a problem with the activation process in Windows rather than no digital license, or invalid product key.
    I agree entirely with NavyLCDR. I think we've established there should be a digital license for Home waiting for you on the activation servers. I'll watch from the side, leaving you in his capable hands....
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  4. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #24

    License Manager is set to Manual and it's running.

    Does this mean that Sledgehammer isn't blocking activation after all? (I'm willing to uninstall it if you think it might help, once I remember how to block updates manually on Home. It's been a few years since I last did that.)
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro
       #25

    I would do a clean install from a generic Windows 10 USB flash drive to a second partition or to a .vhdx file. See if the clean install activates and if it does, then you know you did something to block activation on your old Windows system.

    Have you run the activation troubleshooter?
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  6. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #26

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-troubleshooter-101821.jpg

    Just gives an error number. Clicking on the "changed hardware recently" link only prompts me to create an MS account.

    Sorry, I don't have a clue how to do a clean install like you said.
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro
       #27

    There is a 99% chance that in all of efforts to block Windows Updates, you have also blocked communications with Microsoft Activation Servers. It's possible you have blocked communications with Microsoft in firewall rules. I'm not an expert on blocking updates or communications with Microsoft, I have no desire nor need to, so I can't really help you there.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #28

    ....perhaps @Superfly would know what needs unblocking so that activation can complete?
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  9. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10
       #29

    I would do a clean install from a generic Windows 10 USB flash drive to a second partition
    Sorry, I don't have a clue how to do a clean install like you said.
    Create a partition - using disk management if you like.

    Use winntsetup to apply the image to the new partition. I assume you have win10 installation media?

    Winntsetup will apply the image and create the boot menu entry so you just select that to boot into the newly applied win10 home and see if it activates.
    https://mega.nz/folder/zWIXgaqT#rdX_.../file/SHBVhSZT
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  10. SIW2's Avatar
    Posts : 2,366
    trying to install win10
       #30

    This is auto filled

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-winnt1.jpg

    Select the installation files

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-winnt2.jpg

    I have a win11 iso handy so will use that to demo

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-winnt3.jpg

    It instantly mounts and lists the wim/esd . Select the Edition you want in the dropdown

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-winnt4.jpg

    Now browse to the partition to install onto

    MS Activation Hell (& HP Repair Nightmare)-winnt5.jpg
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