Windows 10 Activation Issue

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Davy49, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. Davy49

    Davy49 MDL Junior Member

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    Hi All,
    Well, I'll start off by saying I did something rather 'stupid'..yesterday I had the idea to upgrade my wifes older laptop ( Acer Aspire 5250-BZ873 ) to windows 10 from window 7. As most everyone knows that some time the first of next year, microsoft is 'supposedly' going to stop giving security updates to the operating system. I think where I went wrong was previously her laptop came with windows 7 home premium oa edition installed on it, and as I'm quite a bit older now..my memory isn't what it used to be. As I remember though..something happened and I remember asking her if she would like me to update her system from the home edition to the pro edition, she said sure. I have a disc that has windows 7 all edition's on it ( pre-activated ) . So I installed the 64-bit windows 7 pro edition, yesterday when I installed windows 10 on her laptop I used a disc labeled ' windows 10 install media / 32-bit & 64-bit ). I think that's where my issue started..because now windows 10 pro 64- bit edition isn't activated..and of course I don't have a 'valid' 25 digit product key available to get it activated. I'm trying to 'rack' my brain to figure out a way to get past this dilemma..I know there is a method to do so, but my brain hasn't told me how to do it yet. Can someone PLEASE suggest a easy way for me to get in the 'activated' category ?
    Thanks,
    David
     
  2. WindowsGeek

    WindowsGeek MDL Addicted

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    Did u check if the laptop has the windows COA sticker under the machine usually were the battery goes.
     
  3. Davy49

    Davy49 MDL Junior Member

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    Hi,
    Yes, but the coast sticker is for the operating system that was originally installed on the laptop ( windows 7 home premium, 64-bit ). That wouldn't help me would it ?
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    What pre-activation did that windows 7 ISO use for Pro? If KMS or a crappy removewat, the upgrade won't get a DL.

    On a system with a valid slic for 7, you only had to do an anytime upgrade from HomePremium to Professional, by entering the oem:slp key from DAZ loader keys.ini file and it would have been genuinely activated. Next upgrade to 10 Pro, and it will get a HWID/DL for 10 Pro.

    Always use clean MVS iso's.
     
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  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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  6. Davy49

    Davy49 MDL Junior Member

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    Enthousiast,
    At this point in your opinion what would be a good next step, I really don't want to spend a fortune and have to purchase a product key from microsoft. I was going to send you a message, but I noticed you have that option blocked.
    David
     
  7. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Reinstall 7 Pro (using a clean MSDN/MVS ISO) and use DAZ Loader, it will genuinely activate it by using the existing slic. And upgrade to 10 Pro or go the gatherosstate.exe route

    Or just clean install 10 Pro (using a clean MVS win 10 consumer iso) and use a hwid solution (not to be discussed on MDL) or KMS_VL_ALL.
     
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  8. Aly

    Aly MDL Member

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    Win10 key on ebay cost less than a cup of coffee :shutup2:
     
  9. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Expert

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    You can throw away this money also without using ebay.
    Windows 10 is still free for everyone.
     
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  10. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami MDL Addicted

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    Exactly, time is money, I never understand people, who try various cracks and methods for hours, even days, instead of simply buying the key for $3, it takes like 2-3 mins to buy and to activate. I guess some people just like it hard. :D
     
  11. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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  12. Davy49

    Davy49 MDL Junior Member

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    Wasn't trying to offend / get anyone excited about my issue..to be honest, I surely don't have as much technical knowledge about stuff like that as other more 'advanced' member's might have. Besides that, my age is starting to take it's toll on my thinking as of late, NOT as sharp/focused as I once was. Thanks so much for all of the advice !!
    David
     
  13. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I remember that one pratha guy from like 5-7 years ago who was selling keys and running download scams where people were paying to download msdn files.
    I remember hearing about him getting arrested and I don't think a single person on Earth was upset about it, except maybe him.
     
  14. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    @Davy49 Your best option right now it to back up all of your data that you want to keep, and then do a clean install as Enth. states, either Windows 10 Pro w/KMS or re-install 7 Pro and activate with the Daz Loader, then do the upgrade to 10.
    It's probably much easier to just wipe the drive and install 10 Pro with KMS_VL_ALL as suggested.
    I think that you do not want to lose any software you have and it sounds easier to just get a suspicious key but in the long run you'll have a much more stable install by doing a back up of data and a "Clean" install.
    I'd say 99% of the time you can re-install your software or at least contact the devs of the software and explain that your upgrading and they will help you with getting a new download with your existing software key
     
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  15. zen45

    zen45 MDL Addicted

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    windows home editions are still getting free upgrades from windows 7 to windows 10 from MS, I did it for the wife's old computer. trying to go to a better windows 10 version on an old machine doesn't help much unless you upgrade the hardware .
     
  16. Davy49

    Davy49 MDL Junior Member

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    Hey Forum Mod's,
    Unless I've missed the setting in here, is there anyway to mark a post as 'solved' ??
    David
     
  17. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    At the upper right corner you can find "thread tools" it offers to edit the thread title.
     
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  18. renold

    renold MDL Novice

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    very nice info