Windows 10: Activating Windows 10 from an old product key

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  1. Activating Windows 10 from an old product key


    I recently built a PC and want to activate windows on it. I thought I would use the product key from my old laptop since I had to purchase windows for that to activate it.

    After deleting it and taking it off the registry, I entered it on my PC to find that I'm getting an error code 0x80041014 .

    Did I basically just get rid of my product key!? I tried to re-enter it on my laptop and got an error as well. I still have the key code on my PC but it doesn't seem to work anywhere.

    Is there anything I can do now? Would signing into my microsoft account on my old laptop put a digital license on the account somehow https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activate-windows-10-c39005d4-95ee-b91e-b399-2820fda32227? I already have my current laptop that came with Windows 10 signed into my microsoft account, but that doesn't seem to activate my windows. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    i-just-need-help, Nov 21, 2020
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  2. Tenforo Active Member

    Product key association disable on old pc

    Hey,


    I sold my old pc to a friend. He installed some missing parts (HDD, GPU and RAM). Then we installed Windows 10 Home 64-bit version from USB stick. I was surprised to see that windows was automatically activated after that. I did some digging and found out that it is using my product key, which i use now in my own new pc. My friend does not have his own product key, the idea was that he just uses the unactivated windows with limited features.


    I uninstalled my Windows 10 product key via command prompt in friends computer (as i understand this is only local solution, if he reinstall windows or clicks the active button, it reactivates automatically with my product key) and now it says windows is not activated, but my product key is still shown with Produkey app in his pc. So far windows is still activated my own pc.


    My questions:

    1. Is this all i need to do?
    2. How do i get rid of product key showing still with product key showing apps on my friend's computer?
    3. Is there a way to get rid of association of my product key on that old pc that i sold to friend?

    EDIT: I originally installed windows 10 via upgrade option from Windows 7, if that matters.
     
    Tenforo, Nov 21, 2020
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  3. Tenforo Active Member

    Activate windows 10 after re-installing (I have lost my product key)

    I own a Lenovo T430 laptop. In 2017, I installed Windows 10 using my original Windows 7 product key. Unfortunately, I cannot find that product key anymore. I need to re-install windows 10. Will it be automatically activated after the installation, if I skip the step of asking the product key during the installation?

    In my opinion, I believe that my laptop will have a digital entitlement stored on the Microsoft Activation Servers and this will not be a problem. Is that true?

    If not, please suggest me a solution or a workaround.
     
    Tenforo, Nov 21, 2020
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  4. Tenforo Active Member
    Windows 10 Product Key

    Hello,

    We understand the issue you are facing and will assist you.

    I suggest you to skip the activation step and install Windows 10. After the installation is complete, you can activate the copy of Windows via phone by following the steps provided below:

    • Press “Windows key + R”, type “slui 4” and press Enter.
    • Select the Region from the list and click Next.
    • Call the Toll-Free number provided on top and can activate via phone.

    Refer the link below for information regarding activation:

    Activate Windows 10

    Hope this helps. Keep us posted on the status for further assistance.

    Thank you.
     
    Tenforo, Nov 21, 2020
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