This is all convoluted to me, can someone dumb it down?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by BaffledSoftware, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. BaffledSoftware

    BaffledSoftware MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    My first post here.

    Im reading through posts, but the more I read the more Im getting baffled and realizing how much I dont know (like in anything else).
    I would like to do a clean install of W10 Pro 1809.
    Not LTSB or anything like that.

    1) Can I download official Windows 10 with media creation tool, and use one of the keys posted here?
    2) Can I download official Windows 10 with media creation tool and later activate it with kms38?

    Are these methods manageable?

    This is all convoluted, if someone can dumb it down for me?


    Many thanks!
     
  2. freddie-o

    freddie-o MDL Senior Member

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    #2 freddie-o, Mar 19, 2019
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  3. Krager

    Krager MDL Senior Member

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    Yup the MDL way, use the SVF tool to get your iso and activate with KMS. Allows you to run pretty much any version you like. For me the choice is pretty simple, Enterprise workstation or LTSC if don't want the UWP stuff.
     
  4. BaffledSoftware

    BaffledSoftware MDL Novice

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  5. Krager

    Krager MDL Senior Member

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    #5 Krager, Mar 19, 2019
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    KMS38 uses a different method and activates windows pretty much forever. KMS_VL_All activates for 180 days like a normal key management server. It then has to be re-run either manually or by a scheduled task on that interval.

    KMS38 is not supported on this forum, KMS_VL_ALL is supported on this forum.

    KMS38 throws a red SL manager error on boot, harmless but helps to clutter the event log. I don't believe KMS_VL_ALL throws any errors, but haven't tried it. I'm actually using KMSpico. Although abandoned it still works on 1809. I like it because it's easy to use and doesn't throw any errors, I'll go to KMS_VL_ALL when I have to.