Windows 10 Pro not activating on SSD but okay on HDD

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  1. Posts : 45
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    Windows 10 Pro not activating on SSD but okay on HDD


    With one of my current PC configurations, I have activated and have been using / activating Win 10 Home without problems. I think this was from a retail key.

    Recently, I have discovered / reminded myself that I also have a Win 10 Pro license on this setup, but after cloning my w10 Home from SSD to an image and installing Pro to that SSD, Windows won't activate.

    However, installing to a HDD (nothing else has changed) activates windows without issues. I think that Pro license may have been an upgrade from an OEM key (would that be the problem?).

    I thought Pro would activate on that same hardware, regardless of SSD or HDD?

    Would appreciate your thoughts.
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  2. Kyhi's Avatar
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    Download Image-Health > Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk

    And run Option 14 on the Activated Windows 10 Pro OS
    this will result in a GenuineTicket.xml File on your Desktop

    To activate windows 10 Pro on a different drive, copy that file into
    "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket"
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  3. Posts : 45
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    Thread Starter
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    Thanks Kyhi.

    That's interesting - I forgot about the Genuine Ticket ..... will give it a try later.

    I was going to cloned the sucecessfully activate Ppro on HDD to deploy on the SSD, but I guess the ticket route will be easier / quicker.

    Any reason why it's playing up? Anything to do with the Pro potentially coming from a win 7 (I think) OEM key?
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  4. lx07's Avatar
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    According to MS the formula for reactivation is secret but server reactivation is triggered more on disk change and workstation/client more on CPU/board change. I read it recently but can't find the source to back up my assertion and it is probably old anyway.

    For a hobby user like me GenuineTicket is still useful. I have been swapping between Pro and WorkstationPro using a generic keys and use GenuineTicket to reactivate - it isn't just for upgrading from old versions.
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  5. Kyhi's Avatar
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    I have a win10 Home pc and tried to upgrade to pro using an unused 8.1 pro key > was not allowed
    I installed 8.1 pro using pro key > activated...
    Got genuine ticket
    Installed Win10 Pro > activated
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  6. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
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    Kyhi said:
    Installed Win10 Pro > activated
    I don't understand your point.

    If you have a valid license you can get a GenuineTicket and use it to clean install or repair install.

    That doesn't mean you really have a license though.

    For example you can change your insider build from Pro to WorkstationPro using generic key, get a GenuineTicket and then (after updating your ISO) clean install the WorkstationPro.

    Do you have a valid license after that? Perhaps. Perhaps not. I don't know.
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  7. Posts : 45
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    Just to clarify that everything was the same except the swap out of the drives.

    The USB as the install source and of course hardware were all the same.

    I just don't quite understand it?
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  8. Superfly's Avatar
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    TenneR said:
    Just to clarify that everything was the same except the swap out of the drives.

    The USB as the install source and of course hardware were all the same.

    I just don't quite understand it?
    A storage device change has specifically been excluded from the hardware algorithm in latter versions of Win 10 for digital licences and theoretically should not change it (significantly enough) to nuke the licence - run a ADT diagnostic report to see where it's breaking.
    You can transfer the licence with the activation wizard as well if you have a MS account.
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  9. Kyhi's Avatar
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
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    lx07 said:
    I don't understand your point.
    Clearly Not...
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  10. Superfly's Avatar
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    Kyhi said:
    Clearly Not...
    LOL...
    lx07 said:
    I don't understand your point.

    If you have a valid license you can get a GenuineTicket and use it to clean install or repair install.

    That doesn't mean you really have a license though.

    For example you can change your insider build from Pro to WorkstationPro using generic key, get a GenuineTicket and then (after updating your ISO) clean install the WorkstationPro.

    Do you have a valid license after that? Perhaps. Perhaps not. I don't know.
    From what I understand is renew your licence from an activated system...BTW only the older Insider editions allow the upgrade to Workstation (I remember a key issue with that) - it was not an intentional upgrade path AFAIK but a development flaw in those builds.
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