Windows 10: Activation failed but ok with clean install need help please

Discus and support Activation failed but ok with clean install need help please in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I have had Windows 10 PRO since the free upgrade from w7 pro....a few years now. Unfortunately my PC is now reporting it is not activated have tried... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by red dwarf 4ever, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. Activation failed but ok with clean install need help please


    I have had Windows 10 PRO since the free upgrade from w7 pro....a few years now. Unfortunately my PC is now reporting it is not activated have tried all the usual procedures DISM etc, without success. I did a clean install iof W10 and it activated immediately, so the digital licence is ok. I need to know how i can repair the corruption that is declaring my PC not activated. I really don’t have the time to reinstall everything from anew, as i am a 24/7 carer, i have a few Macrium reflect image backups, but these all have the activation issues. Need some help please

    :)
     
    red dwarf 4ever, Mar 17, 2020
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  2. Clean Install Workaround for Vista

    You may remember this news story on techPowerUp! a couple of days ago relating to the lack of clean installs when using the Upgrade Editions of Vista, which required an old OS to be installed. However, Paul Thurrott has managed to find a workaround for this issue, which ironically lets users do a clean install Vista without any previous version of Windows, albeit a little tedious. Here are the steps:
    • Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD as normal
    • When prompted for a product code, leave this blank
    • Select the version of Vista you have purchased and let Vista install
    • When you boot to your desktop for the first time, run the Vista setup from Windows
    • This time enter your product key
    • When asked whether you want to do an Upgrade of Custom install, select custom and choose a clean install
    • Windows will now install for a second time and you should be able to activate it
    Remember, these steps are only advised for use in order to achieve a clean install of Vista, it is only legal to use the upgrade editions if you have previously purchased the appropriate version of Windows.

    Source: DailyTech
     
    Jimmy 2004, Mar 17, 2020
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  3. Can't activate windows after clean reinstall

    It sounds like you did this:

    • Install Windows 10 as upgrade from previous version
    • Clean install Windows 10 again

    The clean install will not activate if the original "upgrade install" didn't get activated prior to the clean install. What needs to happen is this:

    • Install Windows 10 as upgrade from previous version
    • Activate Windows 10
    • Now you can clean install anytime without activation problems

    I believe that step 2 got skipped. It should activate on it's own after several hours/days, but if you do a clean install before that's done (or don't manually activate yourself first), you will have to go back to step 1 and upgrade from inside your previous
    qualifying version (yes, that means re-installing Windows 7 or whatever you had before).

    Please don't shoot the messenger Activation failed but ok with clean install need help please :)
     
    Shawn 'Cmdr' Keene [MVP], Mar 17, 2020
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  4. swat354 Win User

    Activation failed but ok with clean install need help please

    Windows 10 infinite restart black screen


    Thank you john for all of your help i decided to get the usb my computer came with and factory reset it i didnt have anything that personal or valueable so its ok thanks for the help though i appreciate it
     
    swat354, Mar 17, 2020
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