Help with genuine MAK keys for 8.1; Error 0xC004C003 on clean 10 install

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  1. acyuta

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  2. Tito

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    @acyuta

    An MAK activated Windows 7/8.x isn't eligible for Windows 10 upgrade path, as it is under VL agreement. Though you can force to upgrade manually & it will activate with a generic MAK, it is not recommended. You can, however, change the key of upgraded Windows 10 to generic retail & re-activate. Afterwards you can do clean install without inputting any key & reactivation is easy.

    The whole discussion is only applicable for Pro (/ProWMC) but not Enterprise. ALso 7 Ultimate can't be activated using MAK - why don't you use OEM:SLP method?

    :)
     
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  3. acyuta

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    Thanks Tito for the prompt reply.
    So the first part of your para implies:
    1. On a 10 image upgraded from 8.1 MAK, I change product key to generic retail.
    2. Then do clean 10 install of course without adding keys.
    3. I have activated 7 Ultimate for years from 2010-12 using MAK technet key. I thought of goinf this way to solve this problem.
    4. One thing: I do not sign in with a MS hotmail account, but from a local account. Will signing from MS account help in curing this. Since this is a home system, I really prefer not to input the password on each startup. Does MS account force this.
     
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  4. Tito

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    1. Yes.
    2. Yes.
    3. :p
    4. I never use Microsoft account on any of my PCs & there is no effect on activation.
     
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  5. acyuta

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    Will changing key to generic key (ending with T) on a clean 10 image also solve this problem.
    Also if for future, can I do this:
    1. Upgrade 7 Pro to 10.
    2. Clean 10 install.
    3. Not use store and sign in from my hotmail account. Also no hotmail on browsers.??
     
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  7. acyuta

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    Dear Tito

    I came across this method posted by Yen but somehow could not understand it.

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

    For convenience, let us say I have
    1. a live windows 7 professional/ultimate activated with MAK
    2. Windows 10 Pro DVD

    Can you please let me know how I go about it.
    Also, if I do not prefer to go this way, suppose
    1. I install win 7 pro with MAK.
    2. upgrade to 10.
    3. will the new licence overwrite my previous 8.1 to 10 licence.
    4. I really am not skilled at this in addition to a lot of other things.

    I said activated with MAK because going with KMS/ Daz Loader is my last case option. Not because I do not trust them (they have worked 100% of the time), but I have been using genuine MS (OS/office) Technet for last 5 years, and it would be somewhat different now to try other methods.

    Please forgive me for intruding on your time.
     
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  8. endbase

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    Install any version prior to 10 activate with daz loader upgrade to 10 and activate that's all :tea:
     
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  9. acyuta

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    That is useful but not for me.
    I can anyway upgrade from 8.1 to 10 using my MAK key.
    What I want is a clean install of 10 which is running into activation problems recently.
     
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  10. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    I understand after windows 10 is activated after an upgrade it is HWID related

    That means it wil be activated after clean install :tea:

    But make sure that after an upgrade it is activated online ;)
     
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  11. acyuta

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

    From the above link, I could gather the following:
    1. Restore/install/activate 7 or 8.1 image (with MAK) and make it live.
    2. Then mount win 10 iso and from it copy gatherosstate.exe and drag it to the desktop.
    3 Run exe, and copy GenuineTicket.xml file to a safe place.
    4. Then install win 10 without net and copy the xml as to the directed folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket.
    5. Then reboot, etc.

    Have I missed something and not got it right.
     
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  12. endbase

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    No it's correct like that I had the same isue that way did not work for me so I did another aproach !

    Installed windows 8.1 upgraded to windows 10 and voila it was activated after that you can clean install as much as you want :D

    Ps it takes a little bit more of your time
     
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  13. acyuta

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    This was working for me (1) upgrade (2) clean install till last week, but read the original post. It is not working on clean install.
    System gets activated right off but a few hours/reboots later, goes unactivated.
     
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    #14 endbase, Sep 28, 2015
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    Yeah that is very strange which generic key you used after clean install if I may ask ?
    Should end with 3V66T or T83GX at least

    For home version I have to check BTW
     
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  15. acyuta

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    I thought that clean install does not require any key. In all cases of clean install, I do any input any key (should not have to since I had earlier upgraded from 8.1). I know this generic key, which is also shown on settings-activation.
    As Tito said, when it shows non genuine, I should change product key to generic (66T) and see what happens.
    Completely at a loss as to why after 1 month of doing 2-3 clean installs successfully (all on prior upgraded systems), things have gone wrong.
     
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  16. endbase

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    In my experience you have to change the key in the proces have heard other people talking here who had the same poblem with a blocked generic key. Can't tell you why it apears tho. I did change the key after done with windows 10 install. Because I'm used to do it like that from the past as generic keys never activated my system !
     
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  17. acyuta

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    Have people tried this method over a longer period of time beyond testing for an hour or two.

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

    I can see that this offers hope of getting around my problem. Last resort is calling up MS.
    In win 7 at least, one can go online validation when it downloads some activation tech. installer.
    As I do not use win 7, I can install win 7 pro, activate with MAK, get genuine validation, get the data in the above link. Then as a side step, back up the image and keep it for future use.
     
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