Win 8.1 (KMS 180 days) --> Win 10 activation question

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by mr3dd123, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. mr3dd123

    mr3dd123 MDL Novice

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    #1 mr3dd123, Sep 13, 2015
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    My Win 8.1 Pro installation was activated with Microsoft Toolkit (as far as I understand it, Microsoft Toolkit emulated a KMS activation server, which devices can "ping" to be activated for upto 180 days).

    So how come when I upgraded to Win 10 has Microsoft now given my free lifetime activation (e.g., I can format my hard drive, reinstall Win 10 clean and it'll be activated without even needing a serial key).

    Was this an oversight, or did they just choose to turn a blind eye to it?
    Surely businesses who have their machines activated via KMS could exploit this? Or am I missing something?

    TLDR - how come if you are KMS activated, they still let you upgrade to Win 10 and have free lifetime license?
     
  2. Fckr

    Fckr MDL Member

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    What does slmgr /dlv say?
     
  3. mr3dd123

    mr3dd123 MDL Novice

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    #3 mr3dd123, Sep 13, 2015
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    -removed-.
     
  4. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    they just choose to turn a blind eye to it.. for now
    how else would they reach 1 billion device :rolleyes:

    HWID has been registered with the KMS activation, so they can deactivate easily if they want

    i think this is might happen when they release new KMS protocol with Server 2016 RTM
     
  5. mr3dd123

    mr3dd123 MDL Novice

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    Ok, thanks for the answer.
    My understanding is that simply doing the process of upgrading from W7/W8/W8.1 to W10, then gives that machine lifetime W10 activation. Is this correct?
    Also do you know how much info they log when they record x-machine as being activated for W10?
     
  6. mr3dd123

    mr3dd123 MDL Novice

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