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  1.    09 Feb 2016 #11
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    You, more than likely, had an illegal activation on your Windows to begin with. KMSClient indicates that. That's why you can't activate it now. Going to have to research how to clear the KMS activation method.....

    maybe @Superfly will come along and post how to clear the MKS activation method, then you can use the dreamspark product keys to activate it legitimately.

    Or you can wipe your existing Windows 10 and do a clean install.
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  2.    09 Feb 2016 #12
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    Well that's interesting, I used the microsoft's media creation tool to install this windows. Should I just do a clean install with it and try to activate it after that?
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  3.    09 Feb 2016 #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by roope jukkara View Post
    Well that's interesting, I used the microsoft's media creation tool to install this windows. Should I just do a clean install with it and try to activate it after that?
    That's what I would do. If you have the latest version of Windows 10 on a USB/DVD created by the Media Creation Tool, when you boot from the USB/DVD it will either read a product from the computer bios if the manufacturer put one there or will ask you for a product key. Enter your dreamspark Windows 10 product key there.

    Now - disclaimer - I am by far no expert on dreamspark product keys and/or kms activation. KMS activation is used by corporations and education facilities to activate Windows provided to their employees and students. However, KMS activation is also used illegally by pirates to avoid having to pay for a Windows license. I suspect your dreamspark product key is not meant to be used with KMS activation since it was not accepted.

    Anyway, the first opportunity to enter it in a clean install will tell you if it is going to work under normal activation.
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  4.    09 Feb 2016 #14
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    Okay, I'll try that tomorrow, if I don't respond in 48 hours that most likely fixes the issue.
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  5.    09 Feb 2016 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by roope jukkara View Post
    Okay, I'll try that tomorrow, if I don't respond in 48 hours that most likely fixes the issue.
    Come back and tell us what/if fixes the issue so others can benefit from it too.
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  6.    09 Feb 2016 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Come back and tell us what/if fixes the issue so others can benefit from it too.
    I will do that, do you know what could have caused my Windows install to go corrupt or "illegal" ?
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  7.    09 Feb 2016 #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by roope jukkara View Post
    I will do that, do you know what could have caused my Windows install to go corrupt or "illegal" ?
    Where / how did you get the original Windows on the old motherboard?
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  8.    10 Feb 2016 #18
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    I got the last windows installation when upgrading from 7 -> 10.
    So the problem is now solved, I disconnected my HDD, installed Windows 10 to my SSD, deleted all partitions that were remaining and reconnected my HDD. Windows has now successfully activated with a Windows key from Dreamspark. Thank you for your assistance, it seems like the windows installation was faulty or smth.
    Last edited by roope jukkara; 10 Feb 2016 at 10:39. Reason: fixed typos
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  9.    10 Feb 2016 #19

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    You, more than likely, had an illegal activation on your Windows to begin with. KMSClient indicates that. That's why you can't activate it now. Going to have to research how to clear the KMS activation method.....

    maybe @Superfly will come along and post how to clear the MKS activation method, then you can use the dreamspark product keys to activate it legitimately.

    Or you can wipe your existing Windows 10 and do a clean install.
    I haven't figured out why that key gets installed - it's a GVLK that looks for a KMS server for activation - it's been posted elsewhere as a generic but Home edition is not a volume edition - so it's puzzling.
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  10.    10 Feb 2016 #20
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    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    That's what I would do. If you have the latest version of Windows 10 on a USB/DVD created by the Media Creation Tool, when you boot from the USB/DVD it will either read a product from the computer bios if the manufacturer put one there or will ask you for a product key.
    Don't want to get into an argument about this, but I recently went through this very thing -- clean-install using build 10586.35 on an HP laptop -- and after the install, it would NOT activate, no matter what I entered. And, even though the product key was embedded in the SLIC table in the BIOS (as reported by showkeyplus and Belarc), it did NOT read it or use it.

    What worked was using the GenuineKey XML method as documented in this forum -- but that requires saving off the activation xml file before doing the Win10 install.
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