Windows 10: Activation Scams Solved

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  1.    30 Dec 2016 #11

    DAVEY JONES said: View Post
    A true devotee. If it weren't for generous people like you and the others, I wouldn't even be here now. Besides, its not the hardware I have problems with, I've built at least a dozen machines and only ruined my first Intel socket this year (dropped the processor on it), its the O.S.
    No worries, you'll get used to it.
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  2.    30 Dec 2016 #12

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I've had to do that when doing a OEM-COA activation. Takes a little of your time, but pretty easy and painless really. I did mine all through voice recognition. I read in my code and computer voice read back that authorization code. Then Windows activates. Done deal.
    Something apparently went wrong for me for MSFT denied me three times by phone by reason I had installed in more than one machine (was anew build using used HDD) and as I said earlier, I switched out the drive and then the online activation worked. That was a year ago and thats the best of my memory but possible I left out some important detail.
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  3.    30 Dec 2016 #13

    DAVEY JONES said: View Post
    Something apparently went wrong for me for MSFT denied me three times by phone by reason I had installed in more than one machine (was anew build using used HDD) and as I said earlier, I switched out the drive and then the online activation worked. That was a year ago and thats the best of my memory but possible I left out some important detail.
    Even when you do it that way, at the end if it fails, you have the option of talking to real person and pleading your case. I've done it maybe 3 times? The automated part. Had to talk to representative once and was granted activation. These were all PC's I was fixing for friends and family, factory OEM installs where I had to use the key on the OEM COA sticker.

    My background is in electronics. I'm an electronic technician by trade, now retired. I still enjoy computers, all types actually. My side hobby is the Raspberry Pi SBC.

    Anyway, if you think that PC has been compromised by a fake teach support, your job isn't done. If it was me I'd wipe it clean and start over. It sucks, if you haven't already redone it, but why risk lose of personal info etc?
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  4.    02 Jan 2017 #14

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Even when you do it that way, at the end if it fails, you have the option of talking to real person and pleading your case. I've done it maybe 3 times? The automated part. Had to talk to representative once and was granted activation. These were all PC's I was fixing for friends and family, factory OEM installs where I had to use the key on the OEM COA sticker.

    My background is in electronics. I'm an electronic technician by trade, now retired. I still enjoy computers, all types actually. My side hobby is the Raspberry Pi SBC.

    Anyway, if you think that PC has been compromised by a fake teach support, your job isn't done. If it was me I'd wipe it clean and start over. It sucks, if you haven't already redone it, but why risk lose of personal info etc?
    I got very lucky, he only scammed me for the money and he actually removed the virus he originally used. As for the money, I paid with PayPal, challenged the payment and got it reversed. I am convinced this guy is/was a MSFT employee-contractor.

    I really appreciate all the help, here. You people made this possible.

    OUT
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  5.    02 Jan 2017 #15

    Hi there

    I have NEVER - nor do I know anybody who has EVER had a problem installing a Retail legit copy of Windows on any machine they want to -- 99% of the time activation works just fine -- in other cases a phone call to the activation centre works just fine -- usually the "Robot one" works just fine -- if the "Robot" can't handle it you get put through to a human who will invariably get your activation working OK.

    I really can't understand any of these activation problems provided the user has got a legit retail license -- sometimes of course people try and get an upgrade license for a product that doesn't qualify --but that's hardly Ms's fault if people don't obey the rules.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong in moving the Windows OS to a new machine -- Ms won't refuse these cases -- however you MUST remove Windows from a previous machine. If you don't comply with the rules you can't expect the thing to work - nor should you.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6.    03 Jan 2017 #16

    Once all is GOOD, get OPABackup. It will backup Windows AND Office. If you ever have to reinstall either of these, the OPABackup Restore function will reactivate these programs. This IS legal as it does not supply keys, etc, it just uses what you had installed already. I know this works as a while ago a Windows update deactivated Office. OPA fixed it and the backup file is only about 8MB.
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  7.    03 Jan 2017 #17

    "get OPABackup. It will backup Windows AND Office"

    Is there a new version available ? The developer's site has this disclaimer-
    Please note: Due to changes made by Microsoft to the activation procedures of Windows 10 and Office 2016 it is currently not possible to restore the activation data for these products successfully.
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  8.    03 Jan 2017 #18

    mrgeek said: View Post
    "get OPABackup. It will backup Windows AND Office"

    Is there a new version available ? The developer's site has this disclaimer-
    Please note: Due to changes made by Microsoft to the activation procedures of Windows 10 and Office 2016 it is currently not possible to restore the activation data for these products successfully.
    I am still using version 342. As some may not know, this is just an exe and does not install. However, it does work with Windows 10 and Office 2013 and 2016. However you must use the same Windows and Office version that you used when running the backup.
    Last edited by MPSAN; 04 Jan 2017 at 15:36.
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