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    How to Activate Windows 10
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    How to Activate Windows 10

    information   Information
    Activation helps verify that your copy of Windows is genuine and hasn’t been used on more devices than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.

    How you activate Windows 10 after reinstalling it depends on how Windows 10 was originally installed on your device.

    If you activated your free upgrade to Windows 10 or bought and activated Windows 10 from the Windows Store, you have a digital entitlement for your device. This means you can reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 that your device has a digital entitlement for without entering a product key. During reinstallation, if you’re asked to enter a product key, select Skip. Your device will automatically activate online after the installation is complete.

    If you previously installed and activated Windows 10 using a product key, you’ll need to enter the product during the reinstallation.


    This tutorial will show you how to activate Windows 10 online or by phone 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.

    Note   Note
    Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10, activation will use either a digital entitlement or a 25-character product key.

    Digital entitlement is a new method of activation in Windows 10 that doesn't require you to enter a product key.

    Source: Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help

    How you got Windows 10 Activation method
    You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Digital entitlement
    You bought genuine Windows 10 from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10. Digital entitlement
    You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10. Digital entitlement
    You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated previous version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview. Digital entitlement
    You bought a copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer. Product key
    (On a label inside the box Windows 10 came in.)
    You bought a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer. Product key
    (In the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website.)
    You have a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows 10 or MSDN subscription. Product key
    (Available through the web portal for your program.)
    You bought a new device running Windows 10. Product key
    (Pre–installed on your device, included with the device packaging, or included as a card or on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached to the device.)
    Tip   Tip
    Why can't I activate Windows 10?

    Get help with Windows 10 activation errors - Windows Help

    Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys

    Download Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change with Activation troubleshooter


    Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10565:

    Device activation improvements: Microsoft has received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys. If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key. If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup. Refer to the Insider Hub for more information on these activation improvements including requirements.


    Can I reinstall the Free Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 for the free upgrade offer on an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC, you will be able to do a clean install of Windows 10 on the same PC anytime in the future. You’ll be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD to use to install Windows 10 again after you’ve upgraded the first time.

    You do not get a product key with the free upgrade of Windows 10. Instead, the activation for the free offer of Windows 10 is registered on the Microsoft activation servers as a digital entitlement for the PC when you upgrade from an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you make a meaningful change to your PC's hardware (ex: motherboard), you may need to contact customer support to activate by phone.

    You cannot activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key.


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



    EXAMPLE: "Windows isn't activated" message in Settings
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    Activate Windows 10 OPTION ONE Activate Windows 10
    To Activate Windows 10 Online 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 the I don't have a product key link 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 Online 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 Online 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.






    Activate Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Activate Windows 10
    To Activate Windows 10 by Phone

    Note   Note
    Telephone activation involves calling a Microsoft Product Activation Center, providing your information and your 63-digit Installation ID, and then complete the activation with the confirmation ID provided by the Microsoft Product Activation Center.


    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type SLUI 4, and click/tap on OK.

    2. Select your country or region, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Call one of the provided phone numbers for a Microsoft Product Activation Center. It would be best to call the toll free number. (see screenshot below)

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    4. The automated phone system will ask you to enter your 63 digit installation ID (IID), and click/tap on Enter confirmation ID after successfully doing so. (see screenshot above)

    5. Enter the confirmation ID number given by the automated phone system, and click/tap on Activate Windows when finished. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If Windows was successfully activated with your product key, then click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If activation failed, then stay on the line and wait to be transferred to an activation operator (human) that may be able to help.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    03 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 730
    Windows 8.1, 10

    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
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  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

  4.    03 Jul 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 730
    Windows 8.1, 10

    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.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5.    03 Jul 2015 #5

    How do we go for the final one if this version (preview) remains deactivated?
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  6.    03 Jul 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 12,712
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14379

    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
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7.    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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  8.    03 Jul 2015 #8
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 35
    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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  9.    03 Jul 2015 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 12,712
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14379

    Hello Nobody,

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


 
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