Windows 10 Pro activated itself with generic key

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  1. fsound

    fsound MDL Novice

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    Hi there,

    I've already starded a reddit about this (4n19xa), but I'm not allowed to post links in here (need 20 posts first).

    I've helped a friend to update an ASUS notebook with Windows 8.1 Home (OEM preinstalled) to Windows 10 Home (free update). I've used Windows's latest 1511 ISO, since this detectes the Windows 8.1 Home key. While and after installation, Windows didn't ask for a key and after installation it was fully activated.


    Since he got a free Windows 10 Pro key from his university, we wanted to cross-grade from Home to Pro. Windows didn't accept this key. Google told us to use the public Technet generic key (non-piracy one from Technet: VK7JG...) to switch to "Pro" version and enter his key later. But guess what?? Windows 10 Pro says "fully activated" with the Technet generic (public) key and it's still Windows 10 Pro.


    What's wrong here? - Do you think, this is a bug?

    Best,
    Lars-Daniel
     
  2. lobo11

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    #2 lobo11, Jun 7, 2016
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    When you say did not accept his key, what do you mean ? Sounds to me like it did accept his key, but you never rebooted, you entered other key, I guess what I am trying to say I think it activated with his Pro key, sometimes it takes weeks for MS Servers to activate someone.:D

    It asked for generic key, you entered it, it already had Pro key, now activated
     
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  3. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    It may be a bug or we just learned how To activate a OEM Home Win 10 to Win 10 Pro with generic key and Win 10 Pro Key, I did not think you could go from OEM Home to Pro :confused:
     
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    I've rebooted, of course (that ways my first idea). After using Google to find a way, how to go from Home OEM to Pro Retail, I found the way over the generic key.

    As you can see on reddit, we're fully activated with the wrong key :)
     
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  6. Bat.1

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    I'm just wondering If he'd ever run a version of Win 10 Preview on it before ? I can try to duplicate but finding a PC that doesn't already have DE on both Home and Pro is a problem.
     
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    #7 lobo11, Jun 8, 2016
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    If he will run Belarc Advisor, it will tell him which key activated Win 10 Pro, remember he was on OEM
    8.1:D

    I think he is activated with Windows 10 Pro key from his university.:D

    It can't be generic key (Free upgrade) as that would be Digital Entitlement Activated
    If his says Windows is Activated, it is from the Pro key and generic key, which is new:confused:
     
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    #8 Bat.1, Jun 8, 2016
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    Lost the Pics I was going to ask a question about that :eek: Now I'll have to swap SSDs and do it again. I was trying to figure out if My Home had activated using the Win 8 Key, or it was because of being an Insider ?


    UPDATE: Caspering My Win 10 Home onto a second partition but even with a SSD it takes a while on the same drive.

    When I Belarc I get a number ending with AAOEM before the embedded Key on Win 8.1. When I Belarc the Win 10 OS the number is different and ends with AA997 before the Generic Key :confused: The drive had activated on its own as I had been running the Home version of TP o_O so that's why I'm confused :confused: Ok I'll admit I'm probably just confused cause I'm not too smart :weep:
     
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    I'm sorry but that's just to confusing for me to, maybe someone else in here knows:confused:
     
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  10. Bat.1

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    Something went wrong with My clone and it's not wanting to boot. While I'm positive I never had a 10 Pro DE, I ran several TP Builds and had Daz loaded Ultimate, so it's probably not the best PC to be testing on anyway. It's been a long Day so I might just give up
     
  11. lobo11

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    #11 lobo11, Jun 8, 2016
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    Give up, nay, man up, lol:D:D


    If you google Win 10 Activation with those numbers AA997, it says something about KMS, lost me:confused:

    murphy78: your the brightest bulb in here, your thoughts Sir:worthy:
     
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    Yea I had a really bad night last night with the pain so won't be up late. Had to upgrade My EasyBCD to get it booted. Upgraded and NOT activated so it has to be a Fluke or His School Key. o_O
     
  13. lobo11

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    If it says Windows is activated= School Key, me thinks:D
    fsound: please run Belarc Advisor, the Win 10 activation will clearly be seen, then you will know how you were activated and not put undue burden on Bat.1:worthy::worthy::worthy:
     
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  14. fsound

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    Yeah, I will do tomorrow. It's 03:22 am here :D
     
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    #15 fsound, Jun 8, 2016
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    I was sleepless... I've cropped out the most important part:
    Code:
    i.imgur.com/5DO8sx0.png
    Like I told you, that's the generic key from Microsoft.
     
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    #16 lobo11, Jun 8, 2016
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    Can you tell us the key number, it's generic so its OK:D

    If it's activated with generic key= Windows is activated with digital entitlement
    I it says Windows is activated= Win 10 Pro key
    or a bug:D
     
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    Just for laughs and giggles I went ahead and tried using several "Generic Type" Win 8.* Pro keys that I used before to activate Win 10 Pro in a VM and found all of them had been blacklisted. :( So being Bat :eek: I went ahead and activated the OS using that DE Permanent Craptivator :p Then I deleted the partition :D

    Plans are to stay running Win 8.1 Core as My daily driver until after the Anniversary Edition and then make the decision on running Win 10 or stay on 8.1. I'm multi-booting My laptop and all the desktops 7, 8.1 and 10 except for the Wife's which is going to stay Win 7 only.

    Guess it's time to start shutting them down. Later :)
     
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    if you wait to after July 29th 2016 to upgrade to Windows 10 it won't be free and you'll need a Windows 10 key to activate it.
     
  19. lobo11

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    Really, where did you hear that. :confused:

    Thanks for telling us:worthy:
     
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  20. fsound

    fsound MDL Novice

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