Did Clean Legal Install without Upgrading- Windows won't accept valid key

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  1. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    I purchased 10 Pro from from Microsoft Store and attempted to clean install it on a machine that was running Insider Preview.

    I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft Store to USB using their tool. Installed "Custom". Formatted system partition and nuked my activated Insider Preview.

    The clean install won't take the key I was emailed by Microsoft. Either by slui or slmgr. After running slmgr.vbs -ato it says key is blocked. It will take generic key during install but won't activate using purchased key.

    I think I remember something now that you have to upgrade before doing a clean install.

    What should I try now?
     
  2. David34

    David34 MDL Member

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    The same has happen to me. In the beginning the key was accepted and everything worked fine for a few days then I saw msg windows is not activated activate windows now I tried online and it didn't work I tried phone didn't work, Microsofts activation center blocked my key for some reason I found Microsofts website where you can chat to their customer service. I wasted hours waiting in the queue and explaining and they didn't help me fix the problem. When I got enough I simply installed my old windows 7 upgraded and clean installed and everything magically worked. Someone from their customer services explained to me sometimes keys get blocked it's their server issue or something he said they will fix it through windows update or something so I have to wait with un activated windows until they update arrive I told him I blocked windows updates. Well I never before tried to contact Microsoft customer service this was the first time and hopefully last time.
     
  3. David34

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    @chew7bacca you can simply if you got a few hours to spare talk talk to their customer service and see maybe in your case it will work better.
     
  4. xinso

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  5. Chew7bacca

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    #5 Chew7bacca, Sep 12, 2015
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    Can't seem to copy/paste from cmd. But cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv returns that I have retail Windows 10 Pro with the generic RTM key I tried to use still installed. I thought I installed again over that install but generic key is still there.


    PID CHecker returns:


    //--- The Ultimate PID Checker v1.1.3.590 by janek2012 ---

    Product Key: oooooooooooooooooooo
    Profile: C:\Windows\System32\spp\tokens\pkeyconfig\pkeyconfig.xrm-ms
    Validity: Valid
    Product ID: 00326-10851-70012-AA596
    Advanced ID: ooooooooooooooooooo
    Activation ID: ooooooooooooooooo
    Edition Type: Core
    Description: Win 10 RTM Core Retail
    Edition ID: X19-98879
    Key Type: Retail
    EULA: Retail
    Crypto ID: ooo

    Benchmark: 0.171 seconds
     
  6. xinso

    xinso MDL Guru

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    The key you purchased is Win 10 RTM Core Retail. i.e. Windows 10 Home.

    You must have used the wrong ISO, mate.


     
  7. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    Oh s**t you are correct. Can I change edition using slui? And then activate as Home?
     
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  9. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try. I have unactivated windows 10 which will mount ISO. Shouldn't need ultraISO
     
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  11. jupier2k

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    or install win 7 pro or ultimate activate using Daz loader upgrade to win 10 pro and activated, clean install w10 pro.
    I know its long way round :)).
     
  12. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    Thanks for your help. I will report back tomorrow. Cheers.
     
  13. Leslie_Coffelt

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    OP - As you already have discovered, Ctrl-V does not work in the CMD window. Instead, right-click, then select "paste" from the drop down menu.
     
  14. Chew7bacca

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    OK, so somehow I bought Windows 10 Home but installed Windows 10 Pro and now can't activate Pro with my Home key.

    Fine. I tried to install Home from Multi-edition but it automatically tries to install Pro again and gives me no option to install Home

    I may just go the windows 7 route.

    But first can you guys answer a theoretical question?

    I just learned from MS store that the only way to get Windows 10 is to buy a new PC or Upgrade. Is this true, because I tried clean install and failed. Supposedly because my (Home key) did not match my (Pro) edition. So even if I went back to the store and bought the proper key for my installed edition would it fail because it was not an upgrade? In other words can you even do a clean install without upgrade like you could with Windows 8.1?
     
  15. Leslie_Coffelt

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    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...-through-the-upgrade-process-itself-with-ease

    This may be what you want - I hope it helps.
     
  16. Skaendo

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    I would call them and be like OK mother :censored:s I bought this POS OS and now this is what I want; I got a stupid home key when I wanted a Pro key. Give it to me or give me my money back. They will give you a new key most likely since you are one of the few that actually want Windows 10. Hell you might be able to get more from them if you really pitch a bitch about it.
     
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  17. xinso

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  18. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    thanks I will check this out.
     
  19. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    Haha i wish you were right.

    When you call Microsoft you get idiots that know half as much as me and I am a newb!
     
  20. Chew7bacca

    Chew7bacca MDL Novice

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    Yes!.. Will do!