Is MSFT giving away HWID/Digital Licenses for Home (+N) and Pro (+N) for free?

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  1. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    #1 Enthousiast, Feb 4, 2018
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    It seems that MSFT either has opened the HWID's for Home and Pro on clean installs, without any manual intervention, or do they have botched up their activation servers?

    Last night i was asked to test something for @mkuba50 and my test install got a HWID without manual intervention, both, Home and Pro got it.

    Tonight, @mxman2k and i were testing MRP related stuff and all test Home and Pro installs, either on freshly created VM's or physical systems, got real free HWID's.

    If you want to test, be sure the system or VM never had a HWID (or MSDM) before for Home (when testing Home) or Pro (when testing Pro). I didn't experience it with N versions of Home and Pro (did not test before) but @mxman2k is testing Home N as we speak :)

    Real free established HWID's till now:
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    Home
    Professional
    Home N
    Pro N
    Education = didn't get a HWID
    Enterprise = didn't get a HWID (even with the oem_nlsp key inserted)
    
     
  2. Mr.X

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    :w00t2::clapping:
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  3. mxman2k

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    #3 mxman2k, Feb 4, 2018
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    Three Computers that never had Home (core) installed or activated. Results: All HWID/DL activated when connected online. Two was offline during setup, the third was online.

    Just installing Core N (Home N)... Results in a few minutes...

    Yes Home N activated also. :)
     
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  4. Delboy99

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    Very interesting findings.This will make life an awful lot easier if stays working..:)..Many thanks.
     
  5. mxman2k

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    Sadly Education didnt activate :( Just says no valid digital license or product key :(
     
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  6. mehdibleu

    mehdibleu MDL Expert

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    This is not surprising coming from MSFT, nothing surprises me anymore from them, lol
     
  7. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Pro N also got HWID activated, out of the blue :D
     
  8. pf100

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    Microsoft started feeling guilty for selling beta software so they're giving it away and releasing the source code ;)
     
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  9. MrChris

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    Did the cat give up? Or did it give up as there is no longer a need for the chase anymore? I'm thinking the latter!
     
  10. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    They need to reach 1 Billion devices :rolleyes:
    more Windows 10 machines to telemeter :biggrin:
     
  11. Gharlane00

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    The outcry when they disable the mistakenly activated HWIDs and accidentally disable a lot of legit ones should be fun to watch.
     
  12. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Have they ever disabled any HWID's in the past?
     
  13. Mr.X

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    :popcorn:
     
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  15. Enthousiast

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    I did Pro N on a laptop that never saw any N versions and it also got a HWID without no manual intervention.
     
  16. Gharlane00

    Gharlane00 MDL Addicted

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    I am not sure that they have done so as yet but, I was supporting an Enterprise environment when they disabled our corporate key before providing a new one several years ago.
     
  17. jul12

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    Hello.

    Does it means I install Windows 10 Home or Pro with default key and if computer is connected to internet it will activates automatically?
     
  18. mkuba50

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    #18 mkuba50, Feb 5, 2018
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    The following editions were able to activate after establishing Store license only for Professional:
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    Core
    CoreN
    CoreCountrySpecific
    CoreSingleLanguage
    Professional
    ProfessionalN
    Cloud
    CloudN
    PPIPro
    
     
  19. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Before it was:
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    Pro HWID activated Cloud and Pro
    Pro N HWID activated Cloud N and Pro N
    Core HWID activated CoreSingleLanguage and Core
    Core N HWID activated Core N
    
    CoreCountrySpecific never tested
    PiPro never tested
    Never seen Core activate on a Pro HWID before. Maybe that is the change why we got free unexpected HWID's, i don't have a system anymore that didn't get a hwid before to test.
     
  20. mehdibleu

    mehdibleu MDL Expert

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    no need to insert any key and if i go with was said in first post, yes your win10 home or pro will be activated with digital license.