Windows 10: Windows 10 Home - Activation on an old laptop

Discus and support Windows 10 Home - Activation on an old laptop in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello, I have just installed a fresh, clean install of Windows 10 Home on an old laptop which formerly ran Windows Vista. As this was my first time... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Alichin0, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Alichin0 Win User

    Windows 10 Home - Activation on an old laptop


    Hello,


    I have just installed a fresh, clean install of Windows 10 Home on an old laptop which formerly ran Windows Vista.

    As this was my first time doing this on an old machine and I did not know if it would work or run properly on the old machine, I did the installation without a product key, and installed all updates. I later purchased a product key for Windows 10 Home.


    When I go to activate my windows using "Change Product Key" under "Activation", it comes up with a screen that is titled Upgrading your edition of Windows. If I start that process, it upgrades my windows to Windows 10 Pro, and then my product key does not work.


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    :)
     
    Alichin0, Oct 23, 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, Oct 23, 2019
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  3. 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.
     
    LightningJR, Oct 23, 2019
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  4. qubit Win User

    Windows 10 Home - Activation on an old laptop

    Windows 10 Activation (Insider)

    This kinda sucks. However, if one is upgrading from a retail W7/8, then it should activate on different hardware, with possible phone activation required if it's been over 120 days or whatever the timeout period is now since the last activation. Remember to erase the copy on the old hardware, of course.
     
    qubit, Oct 23, 2019
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