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Questions tagged [windows-activation]

Windows cases. For activating other software products, use [software-activation].

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Cannot activate Windows 10 Enterprise E3

I bought a windows 10 enterprise E3 license. I have logged in with my admin @mydomain.onmicossoft.com account, created a new user and assigned the license to it. I then logged in with that user and ...
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Windows 10 USB install flash drive: Rufus vs Microsoft Media Creation Tool

Is there any material functional difference, in the resulting USB install stick, between creating a USB install with a .iso file via Rufus vs. the MS media creation tool. The reason that I am asking ...
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I want to sell my laptop but retain my windows 10 license

My laptop has Windows 10 Pro retail license. I wish to retain this license for myself and not give it away with the device. I will be doing a full reset and data wipe (of course). But I want to know ...
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Why does my Windows 10 OEM have 2 different keys?

My laptop came pre installed with OEM Windows 10. To get rid of several bloat-wares that come with oem windows 10, I did a clean install of Windows 10 using downloaded ISO, installer created on Pen ...
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How do i find out which Windows do i need?

I had to reinstall my laptop, and "luckily" my recovery disk is broken... My laptop is too old to get help from the manufacturer or the seller, BUT i have the Windows serial key at the bottom of the ...
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Avoid automatic activation attempt in Windows 10 with builtin key

I've bought a Dell XPS 15 with Windows 10 Pro. The key for activation seems to be manufactured into the BIOS/UEFI without the possibility for me to change this inbuilt key. Fine. I decided to use a ...
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Windows 10 REtail on OEM laptop

There’s a possibility that this type of question might have been asked before, but I am not able to find the exact reference on this site. Soon I am going to buy a laptop with Windows 10 OEM. (Most ...
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Windows 10 Home asks for activation on 1803

My apologies if this has already been posted but I am unable to find information on this problem. I have a client running copy of Windows 10 (running the 1803 update) which he upgraded from Windows 8. ...
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Software Protection service fails to start

Software Protection service fails to start with error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. One of the effects of this issue is that Windows is not ...
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Genuine or not Genuine - Windows 7 is confused

I have a fully-licensed, genuine Win7 installation that I recently had to overlay a new OS on, after some issues. I reinstalled over the top of the existing OS to retain as much of the existing data ...
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Update Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB and keep activation status

My situation is almost identical to this question. I have just bought a used laptop that has Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB v1507, Build 10240. Windows is activated, but i don't know the product key. I ...
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Windows 7 Activation with Virtual Hardware [closed]

I'm looking for a type of hypervisor that has full hardware virtualization so that a Windows 7 activation will never become invalid in the future. I've read that some hypervisors use the host system'...
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Get Windows Vista ISO from Product Key [duplicate]

I have recently found a Packard Bell PC with an OEM key for Windows Vista Home Premium. Is there a way to get the installation files legally by using the key? (aka the ISO)
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Accidentally uninstalled product key of windows 7?

So someone trolled me and made me run "slmgr.vbs /upk" in command prompt. Now my product key is uninstalled. I just borrowed this laptop and the owner of this laptop doesn't know much about what is ...
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How to Remove Windows Activation Watermark?

I loaded a windows system image onto my computer that I built a couple years ago, and everything worked fine until about a week ago. A watermark appeared out of nowhere that says "Activate Windows." ...

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