Little advice on laptop install, please.

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by scaramonga, May 3, 2016.

  1. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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    Got a new laptop with Win10 Home installed & activated on it, and also full of the usual useless bloat as is per usual with these systems. So I've completely wiped it, well actually removed the SSD and put a bigger/faster one in, so were all blank and ready to start :)

    I don't want to put 'Home' on it, as I have my own OEM 'Pro' key that I bought, so whats the best way to go about this?

    Just install Pro entering my new key during installation, will that work?, or do I have to install Home first, then enter new key to upgrade, seeing as Home is tied to the system? I hope the former:), or is there some other nonsense hoops I must go through because Windows (Home) was previously activated on this system?

    Cheers guys!
     
  2. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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  3. uffbros

    uffbros MDL Senior Member

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    Since your Bios has 10 Home you need to make a ei.cfg file using notepad and saving it as ei.cfg and adding it to your sources folder in your install media. This way when you go to install you will get a choice of Home Or Pro to install. Make sure your using media that has both. It should look like this:

    [Channel]
    _Default
    [VL]
    0
     
  4. 100

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    Or you just upgrade to Pro with your key after installing Home. It's a simple edition upgrade, not something like a full upgrade installation.
     
  5. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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  6. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    You bought the Pro key from a illegal vendor? ;) Kinguin is a genuine partner of MSFT?
     
  7. Bat.1

    Bat.1 MDL Addicted

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    Maybe a call to Microsoft Customer Support could get it straightened out :confused:
     
  8. 100

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    Yeah, it clearly is:
    Code:
    # for hex 0xc004c003 / decimal -1073430525
      SL_E_CHPA_PRODUCT_KEY_BLOCKED                                  slerror.h
    # The activation server determined the specified product key
    # has been blocked.
    Pretty expensive for an essentially pirated copy (which it would still be if the key had worked). Could have just pirated it for free.

    Even if they do work, paying for non-legit keys (i.e. any of those cheap keys sold online) is nothing but a waste of money.
     
  9. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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    Well, I get most gaming keys there, and they work, just fine ;)

    No. I don't want no loader 'DAZ' crap running, so not free :), but thx for info, was very helpful indeed. I paid insurance on this (as I suspected this may happen), along with Paypal, so I will get another key, or at worst, my money back ;)
     
  10. LatinMcG

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  11. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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    Thing is, lol, I have about 12 Technet Win7 Pro/Ultimate keys (from back in the day lol) that would probably have worked, maybe still do?, but principle here now :biggrin:

    Have raised a ticket on Kinguin, lets just see :)
     
  12. glennsamuel32

    glennsamuel32 MDL Senior Member

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    Just curious how you term KMS Activations crap :confused::confused::confused:
     
  13. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    He's a PITA:eek:
     
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  14. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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    Well it is. A poor mans way of getting an expensive OS running for free, but with caveats. Some will be happy with that, some not, each to their own, but I ain't getting into the ins and outs of that lol. I'd rather be activated properly and be done with it, although, that is a nightmare in itself I guess these days.o_O
     
  15. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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    I care not a jot. Paypal will refund me whatever, been there, done it, got the t-shirt ;)
     
  16. Bezalel

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    What I can't figure out is why someone would pay $30 for a poorly pirated copy when they could get a well pirated copy for free.

    Even when you think activation went fine, when it comes time to reinstall you'll find out that your key had been subsequently blocked.
     
  17. scaramonga

    scaramonga MDL Member

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    Sometimes one just gets attracted to 'cheap' keys, in the hope that they will work, unfortunately, unlike game keys, they don't, then the s**t hits the fan :biggrin:

    We live and learn, even at my ripe old age of 53 (in August) ;)
     
  18. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    Yeah they will work with pro :tea:
     
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  19. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    It didn't ask for a key. It's probably installed with the default Retail key.
    Try changing the installed key to the Default Manufactures Pro Key (without OA3), reboot, then try your key again.

    From an Admin command prompt run "slmgr /dli" to see what channel you've installed.
    "slmgr /ipk xxxx-xxx..." to install the default key.

    No harm in trying. Could have been blocked because of incorrect channel (only a guess)...