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  1.    05 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    windows 10

    Windows 10 activation.


    In january I bought a new pc. And my friend put a licenced windows 8.1. Then came the upgrade to windows 10. And evrything was ok. A while after I got windows 10 I had to get a new mother board (my old one died) and now it say's in the right corner that i have to activate windows.

    I tried the help desk and other forums and they said that the only way was to re-instal win 8.1 activate it and then upgrade to win 10. is there any other way ?
    I read something about a activation fix that microsoft will release?

    Thank you for your time.
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  2.    05 Dec 2015 #2

    Enter your Win 8 key (assuming it's retail and has transferability)

    With the new version there is no need to go through the whole upgrade malarky.
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  3.    05 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Did that and I got this error: 0xc004e016 (i trible checked and the key was entered properly).
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  4.    05 Dec 2015 #4

    The key is not valid for the edition you installed.

    Assuming you have 10586 installed, run ShowKey to check your key edition first.

    Also run this in Powershell:
    slmgr -dlv
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  5.    05 Dec 2015 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 10
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Windows Product Key Information

    Product Name: Windows 10 Pro

    Product ID: 00330-80000-00000-AA728

    Installed Key: *****-*****-*****-*****-3V66T

    Original Key: *****-*****-*****-*****-F3JKB (this is the one i got for the win 8.1 i entered this one)

    Original Edition: Win 8.1 RTM Professional Retail

    OEM Key: OEM key not present in firmware

    in the attachments is the other thing:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2015-12-05_12-40-19.png  
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  6.    05 Dec 2015 #6

    Update to edition 10586 to activate... otherwise you have to go through the whole update routine (from Win8).
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  7.    05 Dec 2015 #7
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thank you ! did the update (it was a long one). After it was done I entered the code and it activared.

    Thank you again for your time and patience.
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  8.    1 Week Ago #8
    Join Date : Dec 2017
    Northern California
    Posts : 1
    windows 10 professional refurb

    I find this thread interesting since the key numbers I found on my new laptop are exactly the same. I just purchased a refurb HP Elitebook from Newegg originally with Win 7 but refurb'd with Win 10 Pro with a valid COA sticker but the sticker is missing several characters as if there was a pull tab on it to hide these characters on purpose. And when I exposed the key it was exactly what is show in this tread. But when I rec'd the laptop and tried to add additional users it required me to active the OS which promptly failed. Any idea what I might be doing wrong? Of course the COA does not match the key embedded in the OS but here is the KEY that I did find. Prod Code: 00330-80000-00000-aa678 / KEY: vk7jg-nphtm-c97jm-9mpgt-3v66t. The COA on the sticker is missing the first two segments. It seems to me like the first part should be somewhat standard but I have had no luck finding anything close to try. The COA looks like this. the question marks show the characters that are missing and I have purposely excluded the last section for security reasons. X????-????H-XCY8C-9FYPK-<removed>. if you have any suggestions on the missing "????-????" characters it would be helpful. -AudioXTC
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    NW Florida
    Posts : 9,684
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider

    @rsburks, you may be better off starting a new thread in this section. This thread is 2 years old.
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  10.    1 Week Ago #10

    Quote Originally Posted by rsburks View Post
    I find this thread interesting since the key numbers I found on my new laptop are exactly the same. I just purchased a refurb HP Elitebook from Newegg originally with Win 7 but refurb'd with Win 10 Pro with a valid COA sticker but the sticker is missing several characters as if there was a pull tab on it to hide these characters on purpose. And when I exposed the key it was exactly what is show in this tread. But when I rec'd the laptop and tried to add additional users it required me to active the OS which promptly failed. Any idea what I might be doing wrong? Of course the COA does not match the key embedded in the OS but here is the KEY that I did find. Prod Code: 00330-80000-00000-aa678 / KEY: vk7jg-nphtm-c97jm-9mpgt-3v66t. The COA on the sticker is missing the first two segments. It seems to me like the first part should be somewhat standard but I have had no luck finding anything close to try. The COA looks like this. the question marks show the characters that are missing and I have purposely excluded the last section for security reasons. X????-????H-XCY8C-9FYPK-<removed>. if you have any suggestions on the missing "????-????" characters it would be helpful. -AudioXTC
    There are 110 075 314 176 key combinations to find those missing chars. With Win 7 key checking taking up to 40 sec (on my PC) with ShowKeyPlus, looping through them is easy, but it will take ~140 years to check all.

    So unless we get access to a super-computer at NASA...
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