Can't activate Windows 10 Pro with my W8 Pro key (retail)

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  1. qaj1shi

    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

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  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    install W10 from scratch and then activate with your legal W8 key
     
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  3. qaj1shi

    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

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    from scratch you mean clean install?

    I wouldn't preffer to do that! I got the pc 2 days ago and don't wanna format it so soon.. :eek:
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    You could give ms a call, you have an original legitimate dvd + key.
     
  5. PaulDesmond

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    yes, I talk about a new installation. This is the most clean way to have a perfect system but you also can try to call MS first if they have a better solution. On the other hand you should have a backup partition where you can re-install the system if it failed sometimes though
     
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  6. MrMagic

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    Might be because of the key in the BIOS? Happened with my tablet too (Just gVLK / KMS'd that sucker though)

    PID.txt was recommended to bypass the embedded key and use the one in PID.txt in Sources folder instead

    Not sure if that works for upgrades or just clean installs though
     
  7. Gharlane00

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    if that is an upgrade key it won't work unless you install 8 home, upgrade to 8 pro and then upgrade or do the genuine ticket route
     
  8. Enthousiast

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    I mentioned calling ms because a clean 10 Pro install on a 10 Home system (oem:Dm for 10 Home) with the 10586 iso gives the problem of only installing the edition which is readout thru the bioskey. I'm curious how the ms service employee is going to workaround it (ei.cfg or ?????) :D
     
  9. PaulDesmond

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    here curious too :D
     
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  10. qaj1shi

    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

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    no it's a retail key for a clean installation of w8 pro!

    @Paul I tried calling M$ but today is holiday here in Austria and they're not working. I'll try it tomorrow. Thank you for your answers guys! :worthy:
     
  11. Enthousiast

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    Where is Xinso when you need him? Or abbodi1406, i can't imagine one of them couldn't solve this by a bunch of slmgr commands to go back to the generic gvlk and than put in the 8.0 pro key and reactivate (i would learn a lot from it).
     
  12. qaj1shi

    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

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    I tried to type in the w8 pro key via cmd but it didn't work.. :rolleyes:
     
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    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

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