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Windows 7 and 8.1 Activation Issues

Windows 10

Things you should know:

  • A Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key¬†cannot¬†activate Windows 10. Windows 10 uses its own unique product key.
  • By default, Windows 10 builds are pre-keyed, meaning, you do not have to enter a product key and should not be prompted to enter one as long as you upgraded from an¬†activated¬†Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 license or Windows 10 Preview build.
  • If you perform a clean install on first attempt, you will have to start over from an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 installation.
  • If you are prompted to¬†enter a product key, click¬†Do this later¬†and give it a few days, Windows 10 will activate automatically.
  • Activation servers are being¬†overwhelmed¬†at the moment because of the volume of upgrades, so give it some time if you get an error message such as¬†(0XC004E003, ,0x8007000D, 0x8007232b or 0x8007007B)¬†Windows 10 will eventually activate as long as you upgrade using the appropriate method.
  • There is no need to know your Windows 10 product key, read the following ‘Understanding Product Activation in Windows 10
  • “Windows 10 handles keys differently. When you upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, the process¬†registers your computers hardware, and qualifying OS with a¬†Microsoft Product Activation Server. The device is then considered a Windows 10 device.
  • Subsequently anytime you re-install (or clean install) the installation checks with those servers, finds the unique installation ID and produces the validation”