Windows 10: Unable to activate Windows after reinstalling Windows 10

Discus and support Unable to activate Windows after reinstalling Windows 10 in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; We have a Dell machine that came with windows 8 pro installed with an free upgrade to windows 10. I recently reset the machine and reinstalled windows... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by RalphLincolne, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Unable to activate Windows after reinstalling Windows 10


    We have a Dell machine that came with windows 8 pro installed with an free upgrade to windows 10. I recently reset the machine and reinstalled windows 10, but this time it reloaded as Windows 10 Home not Pro. When I looked at the Windows activation product ID it had change from what it was previously on this machine - with error "The last product key (ID XXXX) you entered can't be used on this copy of Windows. (0x800705B4)".


    As the Windows Install came preloaded and with no disks, I do not have the Product Key for Windows only the Product ID. Is there any way I can update the product ID without a product Key?


    Thanks


    Ralph




    ***Modified title from: Wrong Windows Activation Product ID after reinstall***

    :)
     
    RalphLincolne, Nov 15, 2019
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  2. Ahhzz Win User

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Nov 15, 2019
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  3. MrGenius Win User
    [Solved] Windows 10 keeps reinstalling KB3119142

    I noticed quite some time ago that KB3119142 (Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package) kept reinstalling itself for some reason. At least once daily. Sometimes up to several times a day. I just ignored it. It didn't seem to be doing any harm. And I figured they'd eventually fix it. Well...days turned into weeks, weeks into months, with no end to the problem in sight. It dragged on unsolved for at least the last few months. Literally reinstalling itself hundreds of(at least a hundred, felt like more) times in that period of time.

    So I finally googled it a couple days ago. And just got around to fixing it today. Which appears to have worked. And it couldn't have been easier to do. I feel so stupid to have let it intimidate me for so long.*Oops! Unable to activate Windows after reinstalling Windows 10 :oops:
    Below are links to the thread that I got the fix idea from, and the official MS support info page for KB3119142(from which I quoted the above).
    http://www.tenforums.com/windows-up...-windows-10-keeps-reinstalling-kb3119142.html
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3119142
     
    MrGenius, Nov 15, 2019
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  4. 95Viper Win User

    Unable to activate Windows after reinstalling Windows 10

    Windows 10 Activation (Insider)

    How long did you wait for activation?
    When I re-installed with a fresh install... it took a few hours to sync and activate.
    However, it did, finally, activate.
     
    95Viper, Nov 15, 2019
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