Windows 10: Windows 10 digital key wont activate after hardware and Windows reinstall

Discus and support Windows 10 digital key wont activate after hardware and Windows reinstall in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; This is my current issue. A few months ago I killed my PSU and only recently got it replaced, during this process, I upgraded my SSD and reinstalled... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by AusTek9400, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. Windows 10 digital key wont activate after hardware and Windows reinstall


    This is my current issue. A few months ago I killed my PSU and only recently got it replaced, during this process, I upgraded my SSD and reinstalled windows 10, and now the digital key won't activate. My key was a retail windows 8 home key I upgraded to a Windows 10 home digital key. One thing that confuses me is under Microsoft Devices on their site it says my old pc key "Is filled out my O.E.M" so does that mean I used my one chance with that key?

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    AusTek9400, Dec 23, 2019
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  2. Installing Windows 10 using Windows 7 key

    Nope, you need to install Windows 10 first and make sure the Windows 7 key is transferred to your Windows account after you've installed Windows 10 (not quite sure how that works). I missed the last step and I could not activate Windows 10 after a re-install... Microsoft seem to have done everything they can to make it a PITA. Also, it's technically too late to do this now anyhow, as the upgrade offer has expired. But KMSPico works quite well...

    As for getting rid of Windows, delete the Windows folder.
     
    TheLostSwede, Dec 23, 2019
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  3. Laurijan Win User
    Windows 10 Activation (Insider)

    I bought Windows 7 Pro OEM key from G2Play.net for 12€ to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro - worked like a charm but be advised if you buy a OEM key you can not download the Win 7 iso from microsoft and have to get it elsewhere.
     
    Laurijan, Dec 23, 2019
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  4. Windows 10 digital key wont activate after hardware and Windows reinstall

    How to reinstall Windows 10 if my computers used the free upgrade from 7 and 8?

    Will windows 10 still accept the license keys from 7 and 8 now if I reinstall my computer?

    Does Microsoft keep a list of users who upgraded to Win 10 using their 7 and 8 keys so that when users need to reinstall windows 10 the old keys would work?

    Do I need to call in Microsoft to ask them to activate my Windows 10 when I give them my win 7 keys?

    Both computers are laptops. The windows 7 machine had the serial printed on the back, and I needed to enter that when I upgraded to 10. The windows 8 machine had the serial built in inside its boot system so I didn't need to enter the key when I upgraded to 10, but I did manage to write down the keys using a fetcher program.
     
    JebusPrime, Dec 23, 2019
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