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Questions tagged [windows-activation]

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

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Can't activate my Windows 10 Pro

I found the key below the battery but still can't use it. The "some of these characters can't be used in the product key" appears every time.
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OEM license activation for Windows 10 Home within VirtualBox on Ubuntu guest

Context Three years ago my company got me a Lenovo T550 with Windows 10 Home installed on it (my understanding is that this is called "OEM"). I immediately erased everything to install Ubuntu on it. ...
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Windows 10 Licensing using Embedded 8/8.1 Key [closed]

I've asked this question at Microsoft Answers, TechNet, had two chat sessions with MS support, and been on the phone with "Pro" support for an hour and a half. At the end of the "Pro" support I was ...
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Power Shell Remotely Activate Windows

So i have a pc with full access to the internal network (for what i need to do) And Im not sure if this is a code issue or my not understanding things. But Im trying to activate windows 7 hp remotely ...
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Recover Windows 8 Product Key after upgrade to windows 10

My PC came preinstalled with windows 8. I upgraded it to windows 10, and linked it to my microsoft account. After this I erased windows 10 from the Hard drive. So now, I want to install windows 7. I ...
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Windows 10 installed on an external ssd with Mac Mojave: What happens to Windows activation if the external ssd is wiped/failed?

I recently installed Windows 10 Edu to my external ssd on my Mac Mojave through WinToUsb. So, when I hold option key during the booting, it allows me to choose to boot from my external hard drive ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from activating with Win 8.1 embedded BIOS key? [duplicate]

Let's say I have one of those Windows 8.1 Pro PCs that have the product key embedded in the BIOS. When you install Windows 10 to this, it will activate using that Windows 8.1 BIOS key. However let's ...
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Reactivating Windows 10 OEM guest after transferring from Xen to Virtualbox

I had a Windows 10 Pro (OEM) installation running as a guest on a Xenserver 6.5 host. The host has crashed and I copied the VHD file directly from the host to another host running Virtualbox. I was ...
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How to reset Windows 10 to the default DPK (the one installed in BIOS) on HP laptop?

Some time ago I have activated my Windows Education licence key on the HP laptop to extend my Windows 10 capabilities. Right now I would like to sell the laptop to some new user, so I have reset the ...
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Windows 10 Pro activation suddenly lost

One year ago I bought an Asus Notebook with preinstalled Windows 10 Home which I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro (upgrade bought in the Microsoft store). The activation of Windows 10 Pro worked with no ...
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After activating Windows 10, do I need to connect to the Internet ever again?

I have a computer which I can initially connect to the Internet for activation, but would like to use in an offline setting after that. I can't find whether my activation is valid forever, or if it ...
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Activate windows 10 after re-installing (I have lost my product key) [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo T430 laptop. In 2017, I installed Windows 10 using my original Windows 7 product key. Unfortunately, I cannot find that product key anymore. I need to re-install windows 10. Will it be ...
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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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