[Solved] Installed Win10 direct from ISO, using Rufus. Will not activate. Am I screwed?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by duckdown, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. duckdown

    duckdown MDL Novice

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    Hi all

    As the title mentions, I downloaded a Windows 10 Home ISO directly from MS, and created a USB thumbstick with it using Rufus.

    Installed Win10 successfully but of course now it wants me to activate, and won't, with error 0x803f7001

    Did I do this wrong, because I didn't first Install Win7 and activate it with some kind of old generic key?

    I guess I (probably wrongly) assumed that there would be a utility available at this point to activate a fresh Win10 but I can't find the relevant information.

    Thank you all very much for any assistance here. Hoping I don't need to wipe everything out and do this again :/

    Cheers, from Toronto!
     
  2. s1ave77

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  3. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    First, the used method of creating the installmedia never has anything to do with the activation, when it's installed it's installed.

    How did you expect to have it activated? It only activates by itself when a MSDM for Home is inside the bios, or a HWID is established.
     
  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    No, but you have some to learn. Magic only happens in Harry Potter
     
  5. duckdown

    duckdown MDL Novice

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    Thank you all for the response, I did a bunch more reading and it lead me to a KMSPico & Auto Pico program. My only concern is that it's virii or something, it looks super crude and plays a bunch of extremely loud .wav files as sound effects and stuff. Very bizarre indeed, hope I didn't trojan myself
     
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    Wazoo MDL Senior Member

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    Did you get it from here ?
    https://forums.mydigitallife.net/forums/kms-tools.51/
     
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  7. duckdown

    duckdown MDL Novice

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    I did. His post contains a links.txt and I got it from one of his official links

    But the program itself is very strange, it has a big red button .gif and the entire program looks like it was made in Visual Basic back in 1990, complete with weird .wav files and sound effects. Not what I expected at all. Does this sound right?
     
  8. Wazoo

    Wazoo MDL Senior Member

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    Don't use KMSpico so if this is what you have then it is okay.

    File : KMSpico_setup.exe
    Size : 3,08 MB
    SHA1 : 060614723f8375ecaad8b249ff07e3be082d7f25
     
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  9. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    If you want a more up-to-date version without that nonsense, check out Microsoft toolkit from my signature. 'EZ-Activator' from 'Activation' tab is similiar to KMSpico features.
     
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  10. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Did it activate your windows and the checksums match? Then who cares what it looks like.
     
  11. duckdown

    duckdown MDL Novice

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    Awesome, much appreciated my friend! I am going to bookmark this now

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the helpful reply!
     
  12. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    I assume you mean MTK, or not? Yer welcome if so :D.
     
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  13. duckdown

    duckdown MDL Novice

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    Sorry these were directed to you, I didn't realize I had to manually insert the quotes and not just choose the button. I will definitely be trying your utility, thank you mate !!
     
  14. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Things that might interfer with KMS activation in general:
    • Antivirus (sometimes even disabling still leaves the scanning partially enabled)
    • Wrong Time/Date settings
    • System corruptions
    In case errors appear, post in the respective thread :D.
     
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    denny bechtel MDL Novice

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    use the creators tool and download 10586 abd become an insider that will let you update with an implied license ,(watchout for 17063 ,) HAS TO BE DOWNLOADED AS AN ISO FILE MSFT CHANGED THE WAY THE SIGN APPLICATION DRIVERS AND CHANGED THE BOOTSTRAP ORDERsorry about the caps ,have big hands .little keyboard syndrome ,merrychristmas happy chanuukah.
     
  16. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    ?????