Windows 10: Will activation work?

Discus and support Will activation work? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; So in my current build I am thinking of switching to a SSD. My current Windows is a Windows edition upgraded from Windows 8.1. If I buy a new SSD... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by lolcocks, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. lolcocks Win User

    Will activation work?


    So in my current build I am thinking of switching to a SSD.

    My current Windows is a Windows edition upgraded from Windows 8.1.

    If I buy a new SSD and install Windows in it with my key which I have used to clean install multiple times, will I lose my copy of Windows 10 because it was meant specifically for my hardware configuration with my Hard Disk?

    I heard Windows 10 upgrade from 8.1 doesn't give you a retail key.

    :)
     
    lolcocks, Sep 25, 2016
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  2. Can't Activate newly purchased windows 10 home

    hi, I used the usb boot tool and installed windows 10S on my laptop. I realized I couldn't download anything not from the app store so I purchased windows 10 home. I was given a product key but it is not accepted in the activation settings. Just trying to
    get this laptop operable.

    Thanks
     
    Activation Questionssss, Sep 25, 2016
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  3. #Will Win User
    Windows 7 to 10 upgrade error 80240031

    Hi

    I'm trying to upgrade to Window 10 from Windows Home 7 Premium 32 bit.

    - When using Windows Update after the download completes and it tries to install it fails.

    - When downloading the 32 bit
    media creation tool
    and choosing to create a USB files it creates the USB file but fails during the install.

    I can see with the Windows Update it fails with error: 80240031

    When I run setup on the USB it just gives me a message saying there was a problem, but no information on what the problem was.

    I've tried

    - disabling antivirus

    - disconnecting all devices (apart from keyboard, screen, mouse and usb key)

    - doing a clean boot

    - it's my home PC, and my account is Administrator

    - a few years ago I had upgraded this same PC from Windows XP to 7

    Pretty much followed all instructions given on this page: How to: Troubleshoot Common Setup and Stop Errors During Windows 10 Installation

    Does anyone know what else I could try?

    How can I find out what error I got when running setup from the USB key?

    Thanks very much for any help

    Will
     
    #Will, Sep 25, 2016
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  4. dalchina New Member

    Will activation work?

    Swapping disks is perfectly ok. Activation should be automatic as MS's record is keyed to your MBO.

    You don't have to clean install, you can use disk imaging to move everything from one disk to another.

    However, with SSD you will want to use AHCI for better performance, so if you are currently set to use IDE, a clean install is easier. but it means you have to reinstall everything.... and of course you would need a current Win 10 bootable medium.
    AHCI vs IDE - Difference and Comparison | Diffen
     
    dalchina, Sep 25, 2016
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  5. lolcocks Win User
    Thank you for that.
    And of course I will be clean installing. Only savages don't clean install. And then pay the price by the most slowed down device ever.

    The AHCI vs IDE page was quite informative, thank you for that as well.
     
    lolcocks, Sep 25, 2016
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  6. cereberus Win User
    p
    What a dumb statement!


    If pc is running fine, cloning will be fine as well.

    In fact a clean install could run slower as you may need to optimise settings to get best performance!
     
    cereberus, Sep 25, 2016
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  7. CountMike New Member
    My computer: W7>8>8.1>W10 since the beginning with with all Insider versions, substantial HW change in the mean time, end of savage story.
     
    CountMike, Apr 5, 2018
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