Windows 10 Activation


  1. Posts : 29
    Win 7 Ult-64 bit / Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #1

    Windows 10 Activation


    Ok this happens all the time. I do a clean install on a computer that has already been activated. Plus has been running version 21H1. I put the version 21H1in. It installs the OS. I go and check to make sure it has been activated. It shows that it can't connect to your activate server this copy is not activated. WHY????

    Now if I use version 2004 and when I check to see if it is activated. It will show this copy of windows is activated. This very sad on Microsoft that a new version can't figure out that this computer has already been activated.
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  2. Posts : 37,719
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    It shows that it can't connect to your activate server this copy is not activated. WHY????
    May I suggest you are under the illusion that this forum is run by MS... sorry, I must disilllusion you.
    Members are your fellow users; the activation severs are not 'ours'.

    You could try talking to your regional MS activation centre...

    This might help:
    Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 13,323
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.2251
       #3

    dmdilks said:
    Ok this happens all the time. I do a clean install on a computer that has already been activated. Plus has been running version 21H1. I put the version 21H1in. It installs the OS. I go and check to make sure it has been activated.
    You did not attempt to enter any Product key during the clean install?
    You are clean installing the same Edition [Home/Pro] that had previously been activated?

    dmdilks said:
    It shows that it can't connect to your activate server this copy is not activated. WHY????
    It can't connect to the activation servers?
    or
    It is not activated?
    Please would you post a screenshot of the dialog.

    dmdilks said:
    Now if I use version 2004 and when I check to see if it is activated. It will show this copy of windows is activated.
    How are you able to check both Versions so readily?
    Are you swapping between different HDDs that have different Versions installed?
    Are they both Home or both Pro?

    dmdilks said:
    This very sad on Microsoft that a new version can't figure out that this computer has already been activated.
    Many other people have found that activation is correctly detected after a subsequent clean install.
    I assume you are using the procedure at Clean Install - TenForumsTutorials


    All the best,
    Denis
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  4. Posts : 29
    Win 7 Ult-64 bit / Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I know the forum here is a use to use forum. I was just asking to see if some body else has run into the same problem. The Activation trouble shooter is basically unless been the done that. LOL

    I don't have a server and all of these have a Microsoft key that I have used. If I did have a server then why does it only do it with 21H1 every other version activates the copy. I just did it with 21H2 and it activated the copy. There is something missing in version 21H1.

    Plus the other thing is this is a Dell computer that was upgraded from windows 7 years ago. It was all updated to version 21H1. All I was doing was upgrading it to a SSD. I could take that drive out put back the standard HDD. It would boot back into windows and be activated. Put the SSD back in and it isn't activated.

    Plus I have been using, repairing, building some type of computer for over 40yrs. I have install every Microsoft OS know to man in those yrs too. This version is the only one I have trouble with 21H1. Plus on every one the computers I do use this version. It will always show me the last 5 characters of the key. Those 5 characters are the same characters on all the computers too.

    But thanks for the reply too>

    - - - Updated - - -

    How are you able to check both Versions so readily?
    Are you swapping between different HDDs that have different Versions installed?
    Are they both Home or both Pro?
    I have every version of windows 10 from day 1.
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  5. Posts : 26,443
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    dmdilks said:
    ....I go and check to make sure it has been activated. It shows that it can't connect to your activate server this copy is not activated. WHY????
    Two possibilities.

    First, your internet connection: After a clean install Windows needs to be connected so that it can contact the Microsoft activation servers and check if this PC has an existing digital licence.

    If the message is that Windows cannot connect to your organization's server, then you have installed Windows using a KMS key. This type of key needs to contact a KMS server to renew its activation every few months. This type of activation is only used by corporate customers who purchase volume licences and run their own in-house KMS servers.
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  6. Posts : 29
    Win 7 Ult-64 bit / Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Then why is it only 21H1 that does it. I have never use a corp KMS key. Let see here Installed using 21h1 no activation. Reinstalled with 2004 it activated. Then I use 21h2 and it activated. Plus I was connected to the internet every time too. If had any thing to do with the KMS key thing it would have done it with the other version too.

    What I might have to do is contact Microsoft support and ask them why this happening? Or just use the newest version 21h2. Plus never use 21h1 ever again. That is the version I have problems with activation.
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  7. Posts : 1,471
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
       #7

    dmdilks said:
    Ok this happens all the time. I do a clean install on a computer that has already been activated. Plus has been running version 21H1. I put the version 21H1in. It installs the OS. I go and check to make sure it has been activated. It shows that it can't connect to your activate server this copy is not activated. WHY????
    My laptop came with Windows 10 Home. A few months ago I receive a Windows 10 Pro key and did an anytime upgrade.

    My WiFi was messed up so ended up reinstalling Windows 10 21H2 a couple days ago. After it was done it showed Windows 10 Home again. I changed the key using the Windows 10 Pro key. After I did that I received the same "can't connect to your activate server" error that you you did. Fortunately, after I rebooted it said it was activated with Windows 10 Pro.

    At the Administrator Command Prompt what do you see if you type: slmgr /xpr.

    This is what I see

    Windows 10 Activation-2022-09-28-16_28_48-greenshot2.jpg
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  8. Posts : 26,443
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    dmdilks said:
    ...Or just use the newest version 21h2. Plus never use 21h1 ever again. That is the version I have problems with activation.
    Are you using a key when clean installing? If so, it may be that 21H1 has an issue when checking that a retail key is valid for activation.

    When reinstalling the same edition on a machine you have previously installed and activated Windows 10 on you do not need a key. You can skip providing a key when asked, click 'I don't have one'. It will then ask which edition to install. Setup will install with the generic key for your chosen edition, Home or Pro. A generic key cannot activate Windows on its own, but it should activate from the PC's existing digital licence as soon as it can contact the activation servers.
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  9. Posts : 29
    Win 7 Ult-64 bit / Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I want to thank everybody that has reply. Like I said before I have been doing this for 40 yrs. Plus I was a Microsoft Partner at one time. With every version of windows 10 you always have some kind of little problem with all of them.

    The only point I'm getting at is I can install version 2004 with no problem. I install 21h1 every time and have a activation problem. Reinstall windows version 2004 and activates on the same machine. Reinstall 21h1 on the same machine no activation.

    I have install windows 10 on well over 300 computers. Like I said before there is something wrong with that version when it comes to activating windows. No other version does that and I have every version from day 1.

    I did a test on the Dell computer I was working. I first install 21h1 NO activation. Then I reinstalled using version 2004 it activated. Then I reinstall windows again with version 21h2 it activated. Now for the hell of it I reinstall windows with version 21h1 again NO activation. There is something wrong with that version.

    Plus I never enter a key either when installing each version.
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