Win10 activation after reformatting VM

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by tkk, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. tkk

    tkk MDL Novice

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    I had installed windows 10 vm during the free upgrade using windows 7 key, but had to delete my VM and reinstall windows.
    Now that I have a new VM, the same key no longer works to activate.
    Anyone know how I could make this work? My original thought was that since the key is attached to my actual HD, it should be fine to delete and re-create my VM...
     
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    atgpud2003 MDL Member

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  3. dobbelina

    dobbelina MDL Senior Member

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    Have you tried to install without a key and then activate?
    the hwid created during your previous upgrade is bound by the hardware, not any key.
     
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  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    VM hwid is not gona match HWID of actual pc..
    virtual cpu changes hash.
     
  5. sml156

    sml156 MDL Member

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    #5 sml156, Nov 29, 2016
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    Does that mean that if he opened The VM with old Win 10 and made it boot to Windows 10 ISO and do a clean install it would work.

    I have been running VMware for over 10 years and never tried to do what I mentioned above but I think it should work.

    Ohh and to the OP just reinstall Windows 7 and upgrade the VM to Windows 10. You can still upgrade for free I have read many posts on other forums that Microsoft is still letting you do it.
     
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  6. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    When it still is the same VM you did establish the HWID on, it should work.
     
  7. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    hes better off using the MS account method to reactivate with 1607
     
  8. MrChris

    MrChris MDL Senior Member

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    I thought vmware windows activation relies somewhat on the uuid.bios = entry in the .vmx file? But either way as long as the hardware in the host machine doesnt change to much going the route that LatinMcg mentioned would be by far more recommended.

    ~MC