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  1. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 25
    Windows 10 64 bit
       09 Sep 2016 #1

    How do I get a Digital License with a self built OEM install?


    Hey everyone,

    I am a bit confused.
    Earlier this year I totally rebuilt two PCs with win 10 ( downloaded from Microsoft site where you had choice of ISO or bootable flash drive.

    I had two legitimate OEM keys too.
    Both display digital entitlement where I can put in a new HD reinstall, not enter key and voila reactivated.

    Now, several months later, two other PCs, same install DVD, 2 new OEM keys but it says Windows is activated, not Digital entitlement or Digital license.

    I tried swapping out a drive to see if it would auto activate, I did not enter a key and it did not auto activate.

    What am I doing wrong? How do I reach the state which I desire which is to be able to swap a HD and auto activate.?

    Is a win DVD generic until a key (oem, MAK or retail is entered)?

    Does this have something to do with the cut off this past July?

    Thanks so much!
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  2. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,429
    Windows10
       09 Sep 2016 #2

    hdtvjeff said: View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I am a bit confused.
    Earlier this year I totally rebuilt two PCs with win 10 ( downloaded from Microsoft site where you had choice of ISO or bootable flash drive.

    I had two legitimate OEM keys too.
    Both display digital entitlement where I can put in a new HD reinstall, not enter key and voila reactivated.

    Now, several months later, two other PCs, same install DVD, 2 new OEM keys but it says Windows is activated, not Digital entitlement or Digital license.

    I tried swapping out a drive to see if it would auto activate, I did not enter a key and it did not auto activate.

    What am I doing wrong? How do I reach the state which I desire which is to be able to swap a HD and auto activate.?

    Is a win DVD generic until a key (oem, MAK or retail is entered)?

    Does this have something to do with the cut off this past July?

    Thanks so much!
    You are conventionally product key activated and for versions 10240 and 10586, you did not get a digital licence, so you need to enter product key to activate, However, it seems it may have changed with AU version ie you get a digital licence even if product key activated.
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  3. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 25
    Windows 10 64 bit
       09 Sep 2016 #3

    Bit confused here.

    Install 6 months ago and today's install used the same media, Valid OEM Keys and both running 10586

    One has digital entitlement (license) one simply says activated.

    Doesn't OEM allow me to swap hard drives all I want and reinstall windows a gazillion times or is the difference that I have to reinstall OEM prod key in a "NON' digital entitlement(license) environment? whereas with the digital license I would not have to?
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  4.    09 Sep 2016 #4

    hdtvjeff said: View Post
    Bit confused here.

    Install 6 months ago and today's install used the same media, Valid OEM Keys and both running 10586

    One has digital entitlement (license) one simply says activated.

    Doesn't OEM allow me to swap hard drives all I want and reinstall windows a gazillion times or is the difference that I have to reinstall OEM prod key in a "NON' digital entitlement(license) environment? whereas with the digital license I would not have to?
    Can't be sure how the same build can show different licensing details... that is weird (post a screen-shot)

    OEM licences have a very low activation count (i.e. tolerance for hardware changes) do not mess with that...
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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,201
    Windows 10 IoT
       12 Sep 2016 #5

    Windows 10 OEM keys? Obtained from where? Latest ISO of the current build or older ISO from an earlier build?
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  6. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 25
    Windows 10 64 bit
       12 Sep 2016 #6

    I would have thought the reverse is true in that OEM license would allow more tolerance.

    However with a digital license isn't it all the same now regardless of retail or oem key?

    Superfly said: View Post
    Can't be sure how the same build can show different licensing details... that is weird (post a screen-shot)

    OEM licences have a very low activation count (i.e. tolerance for hardware changes) do not mess with that...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7.    12 Sep 2016 #7

    Why would you think that? OEM's purchase these keys for a song from MS, no way they will be equitable with retail keys (even the OEM system builder keys... which, I assume is what you are referring to, has a lower activation count)

    In addition, digital entitlement is only applicable to Win 7 and Win 8 keys upgraded to Win 10 (or store purchased versions)

    Win 10 key activation is tied to that specific hardware via the installation ID (as of old) - if the harddrive (or any component other than the mobo) is changed, that key can re-activate the changed installation online ( as with a retail key transfer to new hardware... in most instances that holds true for System builder keys as well, as they have a higher tolerance than eg. OEM-COA keys)
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  8. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 25
    Windows 10 64 bit
       12 Sep 2016 #8

    Little confused.. rebuilt an entire pc new hard drive new oem win 10 license and voila I have a digital license.
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  9.    12 Sep 2016 #9

    hdtvjeff said: View Post
    Little confused.. rebuilt an entire pc new hard drive new oem win 10 license and voila I have a digital license.
    Sorry buddy, still very much can't see the logic behind a Win 10 licence converting to a digital licence... post a screenshot of slmgr /dlv - I just wanna check some stuff...
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  10. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 25
    Windows 10 64 bit
       12 Sep 2016 #10

    Superfly said: View Post
    Sorry buddy, still very much can't see the logic behind a Win 10 licence converting to a digital licence... post a screenshot of slmgr /dlv - I just wanna check some stuff...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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