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  1.    07 Feb 2016 #1
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Restoring Digital Entitlement


    Bought Windows 10 Pro from an authorized dealer and successfully installed then activated Windows 10 on a standalone PC with the Activation key that came with the CD.

    With that same CD I installed Windows 10 on a Laptop I had as well, (an additional machine). Could not activate because the key was already being used on the standalone. Okay fine....went to Windows Store and bought another key...arrrrg. The laptop activation was successful "Windows 10 on this device is activated with a digital entitlement"

    So what happens if my Laptop goes south, crashes and burns lets say. I re-install Windows 10 with the CD I have, how is that Digital Entitlement I just bought for the Laptop, going to be applied? Or remembered? Surely I'm not going to have buy another....key???
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  2.    07 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    All the info is stored in the MS Server. Unless you replace the MB then it would be considered a new PC, replacing any other devices such as HD, SSD, CD/DVD will not affect the activation. Just re-install Windows and skip the key when asked.
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  3.    07 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    All the info is stored in the MS Server. Unless you replace the MB then it would be considered a new PC, replacing any other devices such as HD, SSD, CD/DVD will not affect the activation. Just re-install Windows and skip the key when asked.

    I'm assuming that would also apply for the standalone (the first machine I installed to) as well?
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  4.    07 Feb 2016 #4
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    San Jose, California
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    Quote Originally Posted by beachdogvet View Post
    I'm assuming that would also apply for the standalone (the first machine I installed to) as well?
    Yes
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  5.    07 Feb 2016 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 6,443
    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Yes
    Actually that is not the case.

    The first pc does not have digital entitlement, as it has been product key activated.

    Digital entitlement only arises for upgrades or licences bought from MS store. See

    Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help


    extract from above link.


    Activating after reinstalling Windows 10

    How you activate Windows 10 after reinstalling it depends on how Windows 10 was originally installed on your device.
    If you activated a free upgrade to Windows 10 or bought and activated Windows 10 from the Windows Store, you have a digital entitlement for your device. This means that you can reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 that your device has a digital entitlement for without entering a product key. During reinstallation, if you’re asked to enter a product key, selectSkip. Windows 10 will automatically activate online after the installation is complete.
    If you previously installed and activated Windows 10 using a product key, you’ll need to enter the product key during reinstallation.
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  6.    20 Mar 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    NW CT USA
    Posts : 69
    XP, 7, 10

    I have sort of a unique problem with digital entitlement. I have a few laptops to sell, and would like to put cloned drives in and have been having mixed results with digital entitlement. Sometimes it goes without a hitch and sometimes there's no way I can activate even with entering the Windows 7 Validation Number from the sticker on the machine. I'd like to be able to just put a drive with Win 10 on it in a hard driveless machine that had previously run 7. What am I missing?
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  7.    20 Mar 2016 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Hartselle
    Posts : 488
    Windows 10 Pro 16299.125

    I am a little confused, which is nothing new. For the Laptop did you buy a new key for Windows 10 or a key for Windows 7 or 8?
    If you bought a Window 10 key I don't think it should show "activated with digital entitlement". However if you used a Windows 7 or 8 key then the digital entitlement would make sense.
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  8.    20 Mar 2016 #8
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by tracit99 View Post
    I am a little confused, which is nothing new. For the Laptop did you buy a new key for Windows 10 or a key for Windows 7 or 8?
    If you bought a Window 10 key I don't think it should show "activated with digital entitlement". However if you used a Windows 7 or 8 key then the digital entitlement would make sense.
    Windows 10 activations purchased from the Windows Store result in digital entitlements:
    Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help


    The biggest difference between a digital entitlement and product key activation that a consumer needs to be aware of is that a product key activation can be transferred to a new motherboard/computer whereas a digital entitlement cannot.
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  9.    20 Mar 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Hartselle
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    Windows 10 Pro 16299.125

    Hey thanks for the clarification. I missed the part about Windows Store in the OP.

    If I were to shell out the money for Windows 10 I would definitely want it to be transferable.
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  10.    20 Mar 2016 #10
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    XP, 7, 10

    I'm trying to install 10 on machines that previously had Windows 7 installed and activated. My understanding is that such machines are entitled to 10 and that 10 can be clean installed without entering an activation #. Indeed I have done that successfully on some machines, and on those I get "digital entitlement enacted". Others however don't cooperate and I have no idea why. On those even using "change product key" and using the key on the sticker on the machine does not work. If I reinstall 7 on those machines it validates, and if I then do an upgrade from a working 7, that will also validate. But I don't want to have to do that on every one, especially since I'm installing 3rd. party apps.
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