Windows 10: Windows 10 has a digital activation, but now can't install Windows 10 without key - PLEASE help

Discus and support Windows 10 has a digital activation, but now can't install Windows 10 without key - PLEASE help in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi there, As noted, I have gone through a lot of trouble trying to install Windows 10. Originally, I didn't want it, but software I wished to use... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by AndrewCorner1, Nov 20, 2020 at 4:27 PM.

  1. Windows 10 has a digital activation, but now can't install Windows 10 without key - PLEASE help


    Hi there,


    As noted, I have gone through a lot of trouble trying to install Windows 10.


    Originally, I didn't want it, but software I wished to use required it, so I reluctantly did the upgrade.


    I found on some forums that it was possible to do it for free, so attempted this route and WAS successful, however, there were some stability issues almost immediately, the computer just shut down abruptly and rebooted a few times, and would show that an update was in process upon automatic rebooting. I'd say this happened about 3 times over the course of approximately 1-2 weeks. I tried to find the update settings to see if this was why, but couldn't locate them immediately and meant to go back to it.


    However. I did in the meantime download a program from "Magix" which must have filled my hard drive almost to full capacity, and the next time I tried to boot up my computer, I was stuck rolling over for several cycles until "recovery" came up. At that point I selected to revert back to a previous build or something like that, and what ended up happening was my Windows software reverted back to Windows 7 Ultimate, however,now I can't "activate" the copy.


    I ran a couple of programs to find my key from installation a decade ago, and entered that for verification, but got back an error stating "error code 0xC004E003"?


    So now when I tried to reinstall Windows 10, it says because my windows isn't verified, I need a key to install.


    This is all VERY frustrating. I have looked for a solution, and found this:


    "When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware your PC will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation Servers. "


    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install-winpc/windows-10-upgrade-activation-product-key/c50e0b9a-8ca7-4b5d-8ffd-245efe8661a1

    So from that I understand that if I can just reinstall the software, my "digital entitlement" should activate the copy, but I can't install the software as there is no "skip" button.


    Please help. I followed your rules, and now I'm being screwed over, as I already installed software and time into using windows 10. I have also bought a larger main drive, but I want to resolve this issue before I try migrating my information over.


    Lastly, it's worth noting, that my email account even shows that I had it installed, and operational, as I linked it during the initial setup. See attached. Windows 10 has a digital activation, but now can't install Windows 10 without key - PLEASE help 72aea9ed-1a27-4eb8-b335-796947673be6?upload=true.jpg


    It was only through installing and having Windows 10 crash my PC that I even ended up without an active copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.


    Please HELP.

    :)
     
    AndrewCorner1, Nov 20, 2020 at 4:27 PM
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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, Nov 20, 2020 at 4:28 PM
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  3. RejZoR Win User
    Installing Windows 10...and then reverting back. Help!

    Current builds allow direct installation of Windows 10 with Windows 8.1 or 7 keys. Only requirement is that Win7/8.1 keys have been activated before. Once it is registered with MS servers, that's that.

    You can do the disk cloning, but you'll have to activate each individual system afterwards. Just to be sure, you can test this on just one workstation, just to be sure and not waste too much time.

    I bought unused Windows 7 key and I couldn't clean install Windows 10 because the Win7 key was never activated before. So I had to first install Win7, activate it, upgrade it to Win10 and from then on, I can install Windows 10 clean. No need to activate, Windows links itself to server automatically and activates itself.
     
  4. Windows 10 has a digital activation, but now can't install Windows 10 without key - PLEASE help

    Windows 10 Activation (Insider)

    I did a full clean install of Windows 10 a while back and it will not activate. I didn't do a clean install from Windows 7/8/8.1 it was from Windows 10 (activated) so I expected it to activate just fine since it was fine before hand.

    My Windows 10 license wasn't created from a previous Windows 7/8/8.1 key I got it from signing up to be an insider back in Nov of 2014. I installed a preview build on my laptop from the insider program and it worked just fine and it automatically upgraded to newer and newer preview builds and then to the full release automatically, fully activated and working fine. I did a full clean install not long ago (expect it to go through without issue since it was working before) and now it will not activate and I can't find any info on how to get it to activate and I can't seem to find the insider Windows 10 key.

    Microsoft online support was useless and the gave me the toll free number to tech support.. I am currently on the phone waiting, they said it could be a 1hr 30min wait.. sigh.. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
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