Windows 10: Can't activate Windows 10 after upgrade from activated 8.1

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  1.    29 Jul 2015 #21

    I think it's normal. It's the first day of release, so the activation server is propably getting hammered
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    Desktop : Windows 10 RTM (Upgrade) Daily Driver: Windows 8.1 Pro + OS X 10.10.4
       29 Jul 2015 #22

    iBawbag said: View Post



    Gotta be activation server issue. Also noticed previously that if it wasn't activated some options e.g themes etc were not available to change until activation.
    Exactly. But that's okay as it's the official release day. Anyways, it works now!
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  3.    29 Jul 2015 #23

    Okay so mine says this:



    I also have the same exact product key as you are all stating. But it's telling me it's blocked.

    Error description: The activation server determined the specific product key has been blocked.

    What I did was use "VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T" for the CD key when doing the fresh install of Windows 10 AFTER I already upgraded from 8.1 to 10.

    So will this key get unblocked? Or do I have to Re-install Windows 8.1, Upgrade to 10, fresh install 10 again and THEN SKIP the product key panel?

    EDIT: Tried the CMD activation still failed

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       29 Jul 2015 #24

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    Okay so mine says this:


    I also have the same exact product key as you are all stating. But it's telling me it's blocked.

    Error description: The activation server determined the specific product key has been blocked.

    What I did was use "VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T" for the CD key when doing the fresh install of Windows 10 AFTER I already upgraded from 8.1 to 10.

    So will this key get unblocked? Or do I have to Re-install Windows 8.1, Upgrade to 10, fresh install 10 again and THEN SKIP the product key panel?

    EDIT: Tried the CMD activation still failed
    You are not able to do a clean install after the upgrade process. You'll have to downgrade to Win8.1
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  5.    29 Jul 2015 #25

    I tried the cmd activation and it says that the activation failed. I upgraded with the upgrade tool from win 8.1 pro to win10 pro.
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  6.    29 Jul 2015 #26

    mrplt said: View Post
    You are not able to do a clean install after the upgrade process. You'll have to downgrade to Win8.1
    That's disgusting. I guess that's the damn catch.
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       29 Jul 2015 #27

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    That's disgusting. I guess that's the damn catch.
    The biggest problem is that, I think, the customer support service. Normally they could easily solve this kind of problems but they are not ready yet. I called them once today and all I got as answer is "These things happen in Windows 10, downgrade to Windows 8 and upgrade again to 10."
    Phone activation isn't working etiher.

    All I can recommend you is to re-install Windows 10 update after downgrading to Windows 8 and wait for a clean install method.
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  8.    29 Jul 2015 #28

    or you can wait for a day or two for the traffic load of the authentication servers to be normalized and try then. Besides, you have a whole month time to go back to windows 8
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       29 Jul 2015 #29

    Okay so after the GWX update wouldn't show for me on Windows 7 I used the media creation tool to upgrade to 10. After about 3 hours of trying to activate it's finally just worked. So anyone getting this error it's definately a server load problem. Hopefully they are finally fixing it.

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  10.    29 Jul 2015 #30

    thehutchuk said: View Post


    I experienced the same as you guys by following the official upgrade step.

    I fixed the issue by changing the product key to the key that is already in there. It is the generic key for Win 8.1 Pro which is VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    Enter that key and follow the instructions. Windows then activated fine.
    I entered that key and my Windows 10 Home was "upgraded" to Windows 10 Pro? How's that? Still Windows is not activated. What do I do now?

    Edited:

    Sorry, forgot to tell... before that, I had a licensed copy Windows 8.1 Home installed and I have upgraded to Windows 10 Home via USB drive created by Microsoft Media Creation Tool. After upgrade completed, Windows says it's not activated.
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