Windows 10: Microsoft Says Windows 10 Activation Should Now Work as Expected

Discus and support Microsoft Says Windows 10 Activation Should Now Work as Expected in Windows 10 News to solve the problem; Windows 10 comes as a free upgrade for those running genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 on their computers, and Microsoft tells everyone to perform the upgrade... Discussion in 'Windows 10 News' started by labeeman, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. labeeman Win User

    Microsoft Says Windows 10 Activation Should Now Work as Expected


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    labeeman, Aug 9, 2015
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  2. Jessen P Win User

    Microsoft Jigsaw app does not work as expected

    Hi Marcel,

    Thank you for being part of Windows 10.

    Check if proxy connection is enabled. If yes, then disable the proxy connection and check the status.

    Follow the steps to disable proxy:

    1) Open Internet Explorer.

    2) Click Tools and then click
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    3) Click on the Connections tab.

    4) Click on the LAN Settings button.

    5) Then uncheck the option Use a proxy server for your LAN.

    6) Click Apply.

    Do get back to us for any issues pertaining in the future. We will be happy to help.
     
    Jessen P, Aug 9, 2015
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  3. skgackle Win User
    Microsoft Jigsaw app does not work as expected

    Also having issues with downloading daily challenges, continues to spin and doesn't download. I checked my lan settings and did not have the "use a proxy..." box checked.

    This started happening the end of August, it's just getting worse. Only downloaded a total of 5 games of the 33 expected.

    Please let me know if there are any other fixes.

    Thanks

    Sue
     
    skgackle, Aug 9, 2015
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  4. pparks1 Win User

    Microsoft Says Windows 10 Activation Should Now Work as Expected

    I was thinking about this as it relates to machines I have at work.

    We purchase our computers via Dell, and we just buy them with the OEM OS license for Windows 8.x pro. Reinstalling the OS is a cakewalk in 8.x, as I can install, then run sysprep, capture the image with an imaging tool using /generalize and an unattended.xml file with retained drivers. I can then put that image onto any of my Dell's with the embedded OS license and it will simply activate.

    However, now that I have 35 deployed machines, and 10 new laptops in boxes, I have to "upgrade" them to 10 within a year, to get their hardware values recorded by MS, or just forsake moving them off 8.x. Well, not everybody wants 10 right now. We haven't verified it to work across our systems, etc. It will just get messy 2 years from now tracking which computers "will" run Windows 10 and activate and which ones will not.

    Why, oh why, won't Windows 10 simply read the embedded 8.x license key and just use it. Obviously if you have a machine with a key embedded in the BIOS, you are a legit licensed user? Probably because you only have a year in which to do it. Just remove the 1 year restriction and let people move when they are ready..


    So, I'm onto testing. I loaded Windows 10 clean to a machine that was NOT upgraded to 10 and it would not activate.


    Now, I am putting my 8.1 image back onto the box, will upgrade, and get it activated. Then clean install 10 and see what happens.
     
    pparks1, Aug 9, 2015
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  5. Issuing a new unique to that machine Windows 10 Product code would have been another option. Windows 7 PC's don't have embedded keys and they also qualify for the free upgrade. There would be no key to read on a clean install on a Windows 7 OEM PC.
     
    alphanumeric, Aug 9, 2015
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  6. pparks1 Win User
    ^ Yeah, our Windows 7 boxes were much older. Many were under a Microsoft EA and we terminated our Software Assurance before Windows 8 was out. So, we never did upgrade them to Windows 8. The only way people had Windows 8 in our organization was to get a new box that came with an 8.x license. And now that is basically just about all of our employees at this point. Our old laptops were 5-6 years old, so nearly everybody was up for a refresh. All new employees get new boxes.

    So, now i have a bunch of boxes that are only a year old or less (some new in boxes). But now I have to address these within a year. PITA.
     
    pparks1, Aug 9, 2015
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  7. Get a sheet of those sticky orange paper dots at Staples and put one on each PC you do the free upgrade on. Hide in under the battery compartment. Something like that? Or write every serial model number etc down. I know PITA.
     
    alphanumeric, Aug 9, 2015
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  8. pparks1 Win User

    Microsoft Says Windows 10 Activation Should Now Work as Expected

    I have confirmed that I can install the Windows 8.1 image, then upgrade to Windows 8.

    Then, clean install Windows 10, it will ask for the key during the install, I keep hitting skip. It will boot up, and once connected to the Internet, it says "Windows is activated".

    I keep an asset inventory spreadsheet, so I can track the units that I run the upgrade process on. The real pain is that I should do the upgrade on everything to ensure later that I "can" upgrade them...but it's time and effort now. Maybe in a few months when things are stable and such, moving everybody won't seem so daunting.
     
    pparks1, Aug 10, 2015
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  9. Craig Win User
    I did the upgrade from windows 7 on my laptop (using the tool on the microsoft site). I then used that same tool to make an iso and burned a dvd...I then used the product key program to get the windows 10 product key that was assigned to the activated upgrade install.

    Lastly, using that product key, i installed windows 10 clean (using the iso dvd i burned) on the same laptop (using the product key) and got a clean installed windows 10 which shows as activated....

    I used the tips in this article to do all that and in worked like a charm *Smile
    Windows 10 Updating, Reinstalling And Activation Guide: Essential Advice To Avoid Problems - Forbes
     
    Craig, Aug 10, 2015
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  10. pparks1 Win User
    @Craig,

    Yes, you can actually do this same thing without ever having to find out what your Windows 10 key is. You can simply hit SKIP when it asks for a key during the install. When your box comes online and checks in with MS servers, they will know that it matches the machine that previously upgraded and it will automatically activate.
     
    pparks1, Aug 10, 2015
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  11. Craig Win User
    Didn't know that pparks1...good to know...in case, if for any reason, it doesn't activate using the method you mentioned, then the way i did it appears to be a "sure fire" way because you know as soon as you enter the new key that all will be well at the end *Wink
     
    Craig, Aug 10, 2015
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  12. Yeah, lots of time, doing each PC to reserve the hardware ID on the activation server, then go back to 8.1. Just so you can go back to 10 latter on and not have to pay to do it.
     
    alphanumeric, Aug 10, 2015
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  13. Microsoft Says Windows 10 Activation Should Now Work as Expected

    Google the last 5 characters of your code. I bet you find out its a generic code that is in use on any PC that did the free upgrade. I was wondering if actually typing it in would mess things up. I guess not. I may add a PID.txt file with my key to my install media. That will stop me from having to click skip during the install. I was actually prompted twice to enter a key on my last clean install.
     
    alphanumeric, Aug 10, 2015
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  14. Craig Win User
    Yep, just did that and you're right....so, it must be a generic product key...how do you like that....well, at least you know that it can be inserted when installing with the dvd without causing any problems...
    I thought it was a unique code for my install....I guess the "key" thing (pun intended) is that it is done AFTER an upgraded install which activates it on your hardware...
     
    Craig, Aug 10, 2015
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  15. Yeah, activation is done via the hardware hash stored on the activation server. That hash was created on your first activation after doing the free upgrade.
     
    alphanumeric, Aug 10, 2015
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