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  1.    4 Weeks Ago #101
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Entering one of my Windows 10 Pro Workstation keys via change product key, does the same "Activate Windows" and just quickly changes it from 10 Pro to 10 Pro Workstation. Failed to activate the first time I tried it though? It said Windows isn't activated, go to the Store to buy a legal copy etc. But Window 10 Pro was still installed and activated. I Googled the error code and didn't find any hits, (0xc03f6506). Then just for kicks I had another try, knowing the activation server sometimes acts up and it activated just fine with a DL.

    I have tried the MCT ISO and my MSDN ISO and neither one offers up Pro Desktop as an install option. Only Pro and Pro N.
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  2.    4 Weeks Ago #102
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    @Superfly Have you seen this, Upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    The interesting part is the "You can no longer use the default key to switch between editions until we verify you will be activated on the target edition".
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #103
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 334
    Windows 10 Pro

    Does anyone know why my Enterprise VL gets deactivated after an update?
    If I run
    slmgr.vbs /dlv

    All looks OK, but after an update the info is nothing like I have seen before. If I do a restore from a backup of the activation, and run the slmgr again, everything is fine. Where is this strange stuff coming from and how can I stop it? Also this was not activated with KMS.
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #104
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPSAN View Post
    Does anyone know why my Enterprise VL gets deactivated after an update?
    If I run
    slmgr.vbs /dlv

    All looks OK, but after an update the info is nothing like I have seen before. If I do a restore from a backup of the activation, and run the slmgr again, everything is fine. Where is this strange stuff coming from and how can I stop it? Also this was not activated with KMS.
    If it's not activated via KMS, how is it activated?
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #105
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If it's not activated via KMS, how is it activated?
    I believe it was phone activated but it was a while ago....almost a year.
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  6.    4 Weeks Ago #106
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPSAN View Post
    I believe it was phone activated but it was a while ago....almost a year.
    In simple terms, VL enterprise keys are illegally sold to general public, and unless pc can contact the appropriate server, it will become deactivated.
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  7.    4 Weeks Ago #107
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPSAN View Post
    I believe it was phone activated but it was a while ago....almost a year.
    You can't phone activate Enterprise. You can only do that with Retail installs using Retail keys. Enterprise uses Volume License keys and has to reactivate at set intervals like cereberus pointed out. Enterprise is not sold to and can't be activated by a consumer. It's only available to Volume License subscribers. The only exception is people like me with a Visual Studio Subscription (MSDN). We get special keys for testing purposes. How did you acquire this PC? It would appear you got conned.
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  8.    4 Weeks Ago #108
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    What does Settings > Update & security > Activation say or show?
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  9.    4 Weeks Ago #109
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    In simple terms, VL enterprise keys are illegally sold to general public, and unless pc can contact the appropriate server, it will become deactivated.
    Well, I do not believe that is what happened or my backup should not work. Anyway, I will try to see what the heck is going on. This is only on 1 of my systems. If I did find a deal on PRO on Black Friday would I be able to input the new key and keep all the software on the system running OK. Anyway, I guess time will tell!
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  10.    4 Weeks Ago #110
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You can't phone activate Enterprise. You can only do that with Retail installs using Retail keys. Enterprise uses Volume License keys and has to reactivate at set intervals like cereberus pointed out. Enterprise is not sold to and can't be activated by a consumer. It's only available to Volume License subscribers. The only exception is people like me with a Visual Studio Subscription (MSDN). We get special keys for testing purposes. How did you acquire this PC? It would appear you got conned.
    Well, I believe that KMS is only a set time. I will check with my original emails and see what is going on. I did not think I was being conned.
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