Windows 10: Windows 10 serial on OEM

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  1.    18 Nov 2015 #21

    I really appreciate your commitment Alpha, thank you very much!
    Now this is the situation. At the moment on the tablet there is Windows 8.1 HOME NOT ACTIVATED (I skipped entering the serial).
    I used ShowKeyPlus on that system and it did not recognize any serial in bios, the serial shown anyway, was not matching with the one saved. So I don't know which serial would be shown in Windows 10, does it worth a try?
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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #22

    Can you please post a screen shot of showkey. Just click the product codes so its X'd out. Here are the in's and outs of retrieving keys. Most key finding utilities pull the key from the registry. That key will be the key in use. Basically the key for what ever OS is running right now. For me my BIOS has an OEM embedded key for 8.0 Core, but I'm running 10 Pro with a digital entitlement. Belarc etc will just show me my 10 Pro generic key, not the OEM key. showkey shows you both, if they are there. That's why I recommend using it instead. If your trying to backtrack like you are the Belarc key is useless. It's the current Windows 10 key that won't activate. If your PC came with Windows 7 showkey will report OEM marker present in the firmware (BIOS). If it came with 8 from the factory it will show the OEM embedded key. If there is no OEM embedded key, what keys show up depends on whether an upgrade was done or a clean install was done. Installed key is the current key in use, original key (if there) is the key from the OS you upgarded from, OEM key is the embedded key or Windows 7 OEM key. If you read through the showkey thread it will make sense. On this PC all I see is Installed key, my Windows 10 key and the OEM key. I did a clean install so there is no original key displayed. It would be the same as the installed key. The big pain in the but with the With Bing edition is finding install media. I can't even get that ISO on MSDN. Microsoft just tells you to go to the OEM that soled you the PC for it. You can't get it on the Media Creation tool either. Ironically, I think, if you had upgraded, you would have gotten an activated 10 Home. But doing a clean install won't accept that key. Just a hunch at this point.
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