Other people don't like to mess with the possible problems. I know how to fix it either way. But in any case it worked wonderfully. I've done that twice already and both are 100% fresh installs now and fully activated. If no Microsoft account is available, you can create one now or create a new local user account. Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10.
The crappy part is doesn't the free upgrade offer end in sometime the beginning of 2016? The final verdict is Microsoft is not definitive in the proper sequence or even in giving you a solution which is a. It will be activated automatically without entering product key after the installation. If the retail license has actually been removed from all other computers, then you could try activating by phone. But in any case it does happen quite a bit that you can find a valid system installed with a genuine valid copy of windows from the manufacturer and the key is either destroyed beyond use or the sticker be completely missing. Here are few ways to find Windows key by just looking around: 1.
No need to enter product key when you do clean install, because the system will remember it I think it's tied to hardware and microsoft account you're using. I, personally, find it hard to understand why Microsoft makes the process to find Windows key so difficult. So to test the theory I attempted this on my brothers machine. I changed nothing on this specific hardware between the upgrade to the full install. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have a key and Do this later.
Have you backed up your Windows 10 product key? If you change your Motherboard then that is different story. I might be blind dense or both but I do not see where you find a way to get your copy verified through the store. It is stored in Microsoft Activation Servers. Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter to uninstall the product key. This would only be helpful if say you're giving or selling the computer to someone, and don't want it to be activated with your retail product key. Did you get any prompts to enter the Product Key? While not all of them work great on Windows 10 and some of them out there even show a different key than the actual product key, here are three methods to view or retrieve your Windows 10 product key for free.
I don't quit for those who are polite and cooperative. It will tell you your key is invalid and to buy a new key in order to activate win10. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. Do I need a different key from Dell? Imagine discovering something in a storage room pressed brimming with junk. In those times, such methods are very useful. I asked a similar question and I will tell you what I have heard to date. This is one way Microsoft keeps things separate.
The clean install is activated. If your device is not activated, the Activate by phone option will be available. Windows 7 came preinstalled on my computer, how do I find the product key? Oh I see, because this guy is using the same motherboard he is fine. Keep Personal Files, Apps and Windows Settings. I will keep working with you until it's resolved. There are plenty of software out there to view or retrieve your Windows product key.
This way everything is always with the system whenever I might need it. In the first method, we are going to use the reliable NirSoft ProduKey to view the product key. As soon as Windows 10 was installed I forgot to check if it was activated I clicked delete everything reset. The free upgrade is build 10240. Deactivating Windows will not remove it from Microsoft's activation server.
You will see the Choose what to keep or Ready to install screen at last. Wouldn't the key still be on the activation server? I inserted the win10 installation disc before restarting the system so I could boot to the system installer on the disc when restarted. The on the final screen of the install I got the prompt. If I give people advice that may not bring about the desired end result then I feel I am part of the problem. You will not get Preview builds on these machines unless you got to Update and Security. So I attempted to re-enter the complete key which I have.
I chose 3 knowing that it would re-install for me. You end up with the newest build of Win 10 available. If the activation servers are busy, you might need to wait a while and then try again later. You can copy or note this down somewhere to use it later. I am old school and much prefer being able to get the chance to verify the disk being installed on as well as be able to manually format partitions beforehand and just be able to make sure all is going as expected. To learn more about the installation process, click here.
Accepted wisdom is that once you have upgraded a machine to 10, that machine will activate after a fresh installation. I run each test three times and normal the outcomes. I suggest you copy save and print any and all information you are given so there is no mistake about the number letter sequence of your valuable keys. Similarly, if you wish to upgrade your legal and activated Windows 7 or 8. I haven't researched this myself. However, if Windows 10 is locked, they will not work like the introductions in this passage.