Windows To Go has stolen my hardware ID and activation?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by sansini, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. sansini

    sansini MDL Novice

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    Hi all,
    I've recently been testing Windows To Go and created a install on a spare external HD. I happened to set the device up on a laptop I've previously upgraded to Windows 10 with a valid genuine install, and as it was for testing only, I used the Microsoft Toolkit to get Windows To Go activated (Windows 10 x64 Enterprise).
    I did a clean installation of Windows 10 on the genuine key laptop today and the laptop will no longer activate (says key is blocked). When I check on my list of devices from my MS account - it looks like the Windows To Go installation has 'stolen' the hardware ID of my laptop and it looks to have stolen the activation too :(
    I spoke to Microsoft 1st line on the issue and they had no idea, and I was unwilling to spend another hour trying to progress from 1st line to 2nd line etc, espcially as I used the MS Toolkit on the WTG install.

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    #2 odiebugs1, Sep 19, 2015
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    Don't hate me but kinda don't get it. As for the key, windows 10 uses a generic key, so nothing can steal it, but it can be blocked even though it's a generic. The key isn't really blocked because everyone has it, but the system see's the other install, so it's saying not to activate.

    I would clean install a win 7, or you can use your genuine key, but remember, if you upgrade and stay with win 10, that will eat your key, it's the reason you get a free windows, and if it's a retail key, you are turning it in for a win 10 OEM.

    So I would install win 7 and use DAZ loader, then follow this guide- under upgrade problems 1aa here and then you can clean install 10 and skip the upgrade. This should work when you activate win 7, or get your key activated with older windows version you own.


    If you use DAZ loader, run the uninstall first to clean out stored info, then run it again and patch system.

    Basically, you need to get the system to activate the windows version that will get you win 10 again, then it should allow win 10 to get activated.
     
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  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    The fact is, the HW-ID is locked to the system and that includes the HDD, internal or external. The HW-ID of yours, even if get 'stolen' could never be used the other user in a different machine!

    A few years as we started to use WindowsToGo in my company, I was contacting Microsoft Thailand for to ask about the problems with activations on an external drives with running Windows OS, because that drive would use not on the exact same machine all time! That Engineer I talked to explained that in W2G that process had been changed and the only important things are, not to change the HDD and the external Case that HDD is running in! He also told, as W2G OS'es would be only activated via KMS, even a change of the HDD and/or the case would be a minor problem.

    Really nothing to worry about!
     
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  4. David34

    David34 MDL Member

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    My genuine key was blocked too probably because of I installed Windows so many times trying to clean it up of junkware. Thought will talk to Microsoft customer service wasted about 5 hours on talking and gave up. It was the first windows I actually paid for and it was also first windows that i disliked so much. We
     
  5. sansini

    sansini MDL Novice

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    #5 sansini, Sep 23, 2015
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    I fully understand how the Windows 10 activation process works, and this was not the point I was making.

    The point I was trying to make, and this may be a one-off issue with my Microsoft account, but after I installed and activated Windows to Go using the laptop previously mentioned, in my list of devices on my Microsoft account, the laptop had disappeared and was replaced by the WindowsToGo install (the hostnames clearly show this).
    When I then tried to re-install Windows 10 on the laptop, it would not automatically re-activate.

    I have since re-installed Win 8.1 on the laptop, and re-upgraded with success, and my Microsoft account now shows 3 active devices instead of 2, my PC, my laptop, and the Windows to Go hard drive.
     
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