On what channel is your Windows 10?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by quickfingers, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. quickfingers

    quickfingers MDL Novice

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    I activated Windows 8.1 with the Microsoft Toolkit and upgraded to Windows 10 successfully and Windows 10 is activated. Running the "slmgr.vbs /dli" command it tells me VOLUME_MAK chanell is that alright? Is this permanent activation?
     
  2. zwaan123

    zwaan123 MDL Member

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    change to retail key (standard key) and it change's to retail chanel
     
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  3. quickfingers

    quickfingers MDL Novice

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    Can i use the windows 10 generic key everybody got with the upgrade?
     
  4. zwaan123

    zwaan123 MDL Member

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    you need the one that ends with 3V66T
     
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  5. quickfingers

    quickfingers MDL Novice

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    I have that one, i can't seem to find the post but do I change it with the slmgr.vbs command? Thanks.
     
  6. zwaan123

    zwaan123 MDL Member

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    slmgr /ipk (product key)
     
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    zwaan123 MDL Member

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    then reboot
     
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  8. quickfingers

    quickfingers MDL Novice

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    Thanks, this wouldn't mess with activation since I'm already activated would it?
     
  9. Lacius

    Lacius MDL Junior Member

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    When you change the key, Windows will deactivate for a moment. However, it appears that HWID and edition are all that matter at this point on Microsoft's side, so Windows will reactivate with Microsoft's servers with the retail channel (as long as you are connected to the internet).

    I've done the above numerous times with different computers.
     
  10. quickfingers

    quickfingers MDL Novice

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    It was successful, also checked in the activation tab under settings and in system properties, it's activated. Now I guess it's permanently activated.

    Thank you, I guess it's SOLVED.
     
  11. zsola67

    zsola67 MDL Novice

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    If i'm am on MAK channel (but my w10 already activated) the KMS runs in the background like in w8.1? Is it safer to switch to retail chanel?
     
  12. Lacius

    Lacius MDL Junior Member

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    If Windows 10 is permanently activated using a generic volume MAK, you don't need KMS regularly running in the background anymore. I would remove AutoKMS or whatever comparable software you've used in the past. If you still need KMS for something like Microsoft Office, I would reinstall it from the Office tab of MTK so you can be sure it doesn't interfere with your permanent Windows 10 activation in the future.

    It is considered safer to be on the retail channel rather than the volume MAK channel. Being on the retail channels appears to make one's Windows 10 activation indistinguishable from a computer updated from a legitimate Windows 7/8/8.1. Being on the volume MAK channel, however, shows that you likely upgraded from a pirated copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 using KMS or MAK activation. To move to the retail channel, follow the instructions in this thread.
     
  13. zsola67

    zsola67 MDL Novice

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    Thanks for your answer