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    Activate Windows 10

    How to Activate Windows 10
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    29 Apr 2015

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    How to Activate Windows 10

    information   Information
    Activation helps verify that Windows on your PC is genuine.

    Sometimes Windows 10 will no longer be activated after upgrading to a new build. This can happen if the product key number has changed for the new build.

    This tutorial will show you how to activate Windows 10 online with a product key on your PC.

    You will need an internet connection and must be signed in as an administrator to activate Windows 10.

    Tip   Tip
    Why can't I activate Windows 10?

    Get help with Windows 10 activation errors - Windows Help


    Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer or Media Creation Tool on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.

    You do not get a product key with the free upgrade of Windows 10. Instead, it's just a generic key for installing that cannot be used to activate with. You cannot activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 or 8.1 key.

    The activation for the free offer of Windows 10 is registered on the Microsoft activation servers, and is referenced by the hardware (motherboard/CPU/graphics card serial numbers) of the PC it was upgraded on.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Activate Windows 10 in Windows Setup while Installing Windows
    • Option Two: To Activate Windows 10 in Settings
    • Option Three: To Activate Windows 10 in Command Prompt



    EXAMPLE: "Windows isn't activated" message in Settings
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    Activate Windows 10 OPTION ONE Activate Windows 10
    To Activate Windows 10 in Windows Setup while Installing Windows

    1. While doing a clean install of Windows 10, you will be prompted to activate Windows 10. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If needed, you can click/tap on Skip to manually activate Windows 10 later using Option Two or Option Three below.


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    Activate Windows 10 OPTION TWO Activate Windows 10
    To Activate Windows 10 in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Windows isn't activated. Activate Windows now link at the bottom.

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    2. Click/tap on the Activate button (if available) to see if Windows may activate online with the currently installed product key. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If Windows was successfully activated, then go to step 9 below.

    4. If Windows can't activate, then click/tap on the Enter key button. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    6. Enter the 25 digit product key number from the top of this tutorial for the edition of Windows 10 preview you have installed. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    8. If Windows was successfully activated, then click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    9. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Activate Windows 10 OPTION THREE Activate Windows 10
    To Activate Windows 10 in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    slmgr /ipk product key number

    Note   Note
    Substitute product key number in the command above with the actual 25 digit with dashes product key number from the top of this tutorial for the edition of Windows 10 preview you have installed.

    For example: slmgr /ipk VTNMT-2FMYP-QCY43-QR9VK-WTVCK


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    3. If successful, Windows will now be activated with the entered product key. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close the command prompt if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    03 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 559
    Windows 8.1, 10 Preview

    Hi Shawn,
    Any tips on getting this to work...? I'm struggling with 10162 and couldn't get 10159 to activate either.

    Using Option 2 and the latest key from the 10162 thread, I get the same message saying the key has been installed sucessfully, but it still won't activate. Using a verified MSA...

    Thanks
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  2.    03 Jul 2015 #2

    Can I use windows 8 Key for activation?
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  3.    03 Jul 2015 #3

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Hi Shawn,
    Any tips on getting this to work...? I'm struggling with 10162 and couldn't get 10159 to activate either.

    Using Option 2 and the latest key from the 10162 thread, I get the same message saying the key has been installed sucessfully, but it still won't activate. Using a verified MSA...

    Thanks
    Did u try activating from ur original key?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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  5.    03 Jul 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 559
    Windows 8.1, 10 Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by bagavan View Post
    Did u try activating from ur original key?
    Yep (I used ShowKey to read the OEM key from 8.1 before I started, then when 10162 wouldn't activate, tried typing in the 8.1 key). It didn't accept it as a valid key.
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  6.    03 Jul 2015 #5

    How do we go for the final one if this version (preview) remains deactivated?
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  7.    03 Jul 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 5,446
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro

    Hey David,

    Not sure why it won't activate for you with this key: 8N67H-M3CY9-QT7C4-2TR7M-TXYCV

    The ISO has been released by Microsoft if you wanted to do a clean install.

    http://www.tenforums.com/windows-10-...-iso-file.html
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  8.    03 Jul 2015 #7

    Hi there

    Check the keys carefully when you enter the product key --it has to be the correct one for the correct version --easy enough to make a mistake.

    I activated mine using the LOCAL account. Did CLEAN install from the official ISO.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9.    03 Jul 2015 #8
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 28
    Windows 10

    I have a question concerning the, activation, Because I have not done it.
    But still the Windows 10 has been activated.

    In the beginning I had, Windows 7 and Windows 10, each on a different hdd.
    When build 10074 come. I first formatting Windows 10 hdd, and after that i update my Windows 7 to windows 10..
    I've done since then 2 clean installation, however, Windows has always remained activated.
    But I am running windows 10 pro, and my windows 7 was home premium.

    Is this normal, which I just do not get due to poor English skills?
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  10.    03 Jul 2015 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 5,446
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro

    Hello Nobody,

    Usually if the Windows 10 Insider Preview detects an activated Windows it is upgrading from, it will be activated as well.
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