Active questions tagged license-key - Super User most recent 30 from 2019-05-21T10:44:48Z 0 Using an old Windows 7 on a new laptop (and upgrading to Win 10) batboio 2019-05-01T14:25:25Z 2019-05-01T14:25:25Z <p>I am currently looking to buy a new laptop on a somewhat tight budget. In order to get a bit better parts I have the option of buying it without a Windows license. I need Windows however and after some thinking I remembered that I have an old PC collecting dust which should have a retail version of Windows 7. Now I've long forgotten where the key is or even if I had a key (it might have been a volume license thing from work) so I have a few questions...</p> <ol> <li><p>How can I check what type of license I have and whether it can be transferred to a new PC?</p></li> <li><p>If I can use the old license, how can I see the activation key?</p></li> <li><p>I've read that even now (about 2 years later) one can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free? How is the best way to do this? I mean is it better to upgrade on the old PC and then reinstall on the new one, or should I install Win 7 on the new laptop and then upgrade?</p></li> </ol> <p>I hope I've managed to ask my questions clearly enough as I don't think I understand Microsoft's licensing policy well.</p> <p>Thank you!</p> 2 How can I recover the activation key of a damaged, non-booting Windows 10? peterh 2017-01-25T09:25:46Z 2019-03-28T21:53:48Z <p><em>Note: it is a legal company machine. Unfortunately, my co-worker responsible for the keys isn't reachable any more. But I (representing my employer) am legal user of the keys in that currently non-bootable Windows 10 installation.</em></p> <ol> <li>I have a damaged, non-booting, but activated Windows 10.</li> <li>I have also a booting, working, but not activated Windows 10.</li> <li>I want to activate (2) with the license key of (1).</li> </ol> <p>How can I get the license key from (1)? Important: I can't boot this install, but I have full access to its hard disk (as the administrator of (2) ).</p> <p><em>Note 2: After the key is found, (1) will be deleted.</em></p> <hr> <p>Result: Finally I reinstalled the Win10 with the OEM Win7 license key on the bottom of the laptop.</p> 0 MS Office licensing enforcement contours [closed] gatorback 2019-03-03T09:55:20Z 2019-03-04T15:22:55Z <p>I tend to upgrade components of my Windows PC (the SSD in particular) and would like to know, if I were to switch to MS Office and upgrade the SSD (or the RAM):</p> <ol> <li>Would an SSD upgrade cause a problem with Microsoft products interpreting the upgrade as new box and requiring a license key again?</li> <li>Assuming Microsoft products thought it was a different PC and I entered the original license key, should I expect to clear the activation hurdle?</li> </ol> <h1>EXAMPLE ISSUE</h1> <p>Office 2011 demanded an activation key when I upgraded a friend's Apple OS X computer to an SSD drive.</p> -1 Windows 8.1 64bit Pro key to activate 32bit Home? feklee 2019-02-03T16:39:29Z 2019-02-04T10:48:39Z <p>I have a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2-1051F here where the license key somehow got deleted. Restoring keys in the BIOS and doing a factory reset did not help. So now I am looking for a key in order to activate the device. The tablet has Windows 8.1 32bit Home installed.</p> <p><em>What keys are compatible with that version? Can I also use a key for Windows 8 64bit Pro?</em> (easier to obtain)</p> 4 Unable to deactivate windows xp by modifying the license in the registry Travis 2012-10-15T08:09:28Z 2018-11-27T19:31:40Z <p>I need to deactivate Windows XP so I can set it up with a new license. Every tutorial I've visited followed the same steps. (Example from <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">eHow</a>)</p> <p>The tutorials state that the 00BE timer file located in the registry needs to be modified. It is found by going to the registry and navigating through "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE," "Software," "Microsoft," "WindowsNT," "CurrentVersion" and "WPAEvents."</p> <p>After the file is modified Windows should be deactivated. However it never does. The value changes but when I run the command to add a new license key it states "windows is already activated". </p> <p>I've done this before on other machines at it worked fine. I can't find any other methods to change the license in XP. Has anyone ever had this issue or knows of another way of deactivating windows?</p> -3 how to recover win7 licence to update to win10 menardmam 2015-12-01T04:36:05Z 2018-10-23T12:48:58Z <p>I have a DELL laptop pc, coming from a company (free) so no DVD or paperwork available, just the hardware. I have a perfect legit win7 pro 32 bit version running on it just fine. I whant to keep this pc, so i made the windows update, download it and install all 208 update. Restart -> blue screen of death... NOTHING can be done to recover from this... a HD driver problem. </p> <p>So what i have done, take the HD out, copy everything from the HD to a server just in case, format the HD and install win10 64 bit from DVD</p> <p>SO the question is, how can i recover the legit serial from windows 7 (i still have the files) and get a legal version of win10 running </p> 1 Why does my Windows 10 OEM have 2 different keys? rajeev 2018-08-30T21:03:18Z 2018-09-01T09:56:27Z <p>My laptop came pre installed with OEM Windows 10.</p> <p>To get rid of several bloat-wares that come with oem windows 10, I did a clean install of Windows 10 using downloaded ISO, installer created on Pen drive using Rufus app. </p> <p>Due to digital entitlement, it re-activated when online. During the entire process I never had to manually enter any key anywhere due to OEM windows.</p> <p>I however wonder why apps show me 2 different Windows 10 Keys. Why is it that the OEM Key in BIOS (fetched using OEMKeyFinder app) is different from the Windows 10 key as fetched from Windows installation using Lazesoft Windows Key Finder?</p> <p>I could not understand the reason for the two different keys. Any clarity would be nice to know.</p> -1 MS Office 2016 Standard MAK product key migration Alone 2018-05-11T10:05:48Z 2018-05-22T07:59:53Z <p>Office 2016 Standard MAK Keys reached to its maximum limit , so we want to remove one of our activated MS Office 2016 Product key and move it to the another PC with the un-activated MS Office 2016 .</p> 0 How to install Win10 on a new SSD if I have upgraded from Windows 8? Vlastimil 2018-05-15T07:39:13Z 2018-05-15T08:40:37Z <p>I have an oldish laptop HP ProBook 4545s.</p> <p>I have a license label for Windows 8 on it.</p> <p>Since a long time ago, I have used free upgrade option to Windows 10.</p> <p>I intend to replace the HDD with an SSD now and reinstall the OS.</p> <p>But I have no idea if I can just extract the product key from the current system and use it while reinstalling the system?</p> 0 Can changing the date on your computer extend the use of a trial period? [closed] Throsby 2013-05-04T21:53:53Z 2018-05-15T08:28:54Z <p>I've heard that changing the date on your computer can extend the use of a trial for software X. </p> <p>The idea being that you have a limited license on some software local to the computer. Say Software X, and you find a Y-day free trial. </p> <ul> <li><p>Would it be possible to "extend" the free trial period by tricking the software by changing the time on the computer? </p></li> <li><p>Could this be done retroactively? Say the license ran out 31 days ago, could I set the computer back 14 days to have it work again?</p></li> <li><p>What could be done to secure again taking advantage of this?</p></li> </ul> 9 How do I change the license key for an installed copy of Visual Studio 2010? user67218 2011-04-17T17:41:26Z 2018-05-09T10:21:20Z <p>We have a number of Amazon EC2 instances with Visual Studio 2010 installed on them. The license we are using has a fixed number of seats, all of which are being utilized at the moment.</p> <p>I've created a new instance for an additional developer on our team (cloned from an image with VS 2010 already installed on it), but I need to use a different license key for the Visual Studio 2010 installation on his instance.</p> <p>How do I change the license key for an installed copy of Visual Studio 2010?</p> 0 Using Win7 key to activate Win10 is valid for clean instalations? Fernando Gallego Fernández 2018-05-02T11:16:53Z 2018-05-07T12:32:21Z <p>I installed Win10 Pro using my Win7 Pro license key in my laptop with Win10 Home Basic when it was free to do it, making a new clean installation, and now I have Win10 Pro activated with that key. Microsoft announced that this method would be no longer avaliable. </p> <p>If Microsoft look up for the hardware on their activation servers will put me the Win10 Home Basic license key?</p> <p>Microsoft associate this key to an upgraded Win7 or is no longer valid to do it?</p> 0 Fresh Windows-10 Install gatorback 2018-04-10T02:13:47Z 2018-04-13T10:03:38Z <p>A Windows-7 laptop was upgraded to Windows-10 during the Microsoft free upgrade period when they were nudging users to migrate away from 7 to 10.</p> <p>The system is sluggish and crash prone: I would like create a fresh install with a new SSD from a Windows 10 install .iso burned to a USB drive. Is it possible (and how can) the the license-key from the old drive be recovered and migrated to a fresh install? </p> <p>If this is not the right question to ask, I would appreciate edits to the questions: thank you.</p> 4 Recovering Windows license keys from within a LiveCD environment in Linux AtomFury 2009-10-23T03:42:05Z 2018-04-04T11:43:37Z <p>I'm curious if it's possible to retrieve the license keys of a Windows XP machine from within a LiveCD environment in Ubuntu.</p> <p>Normally, if I was in Windows, I would just run Magical Jellybean Keyfinder, but is there some way to do this from within a LiveCD environment?</p> 1 Windows activition after boot drive change TomZe 2018-04-03T08:10:26Z 2018-04-04T02:36:39Z <p>Recently I have bought a new SSD , I'm trying to boot from that SSD I had the installation disk of a legit version of Windows 7 that I upgraded from to Windows 10 but unfortunately the sticker with the product key is damaged. right now I have Windows 10 with a digital licence connected to my Microsoft account . If I will install an unactive version of Windows 10 on my SSD will it be active because the digital licence is saved on the actual Mother board or will I be able to activate it using my Microsoft account? </p> 0 Clean install of Win10 (free upgrade version) Mr. Boy 2018-03-12T11:28:21Z 2018-03-12T12:08:16Z <p>I have Parallels running on my Mac, several years ago I got a copy of Windows 8 on disc from which I set up a VM. In time this was upgraded to Win 8.1 and Win 10, all within the VM.</p> <p>I want to get rid of the VM and either start a clean one - maybe not in Parallels - or install using BootCamp on the same Mac.</p> <p>But as far as I know, the only product key and downloaded install media I have are the original Windows 8 ones. Is this going to be possible, e.g. can I still find a Win10 download? I'd rather not re-install Win8 and let it update, is this even possible anyway?</p> 0 Where is Windows 10 activation key? Fly_7113 2018-03-03T20:09:22Z 2018-03-04T22:55:19Z <p>So, I'm having big trouble trying to fix my friend's computer. She stopped a Window's update shutting down the computer (I know, it hurts just to read).</p> <p>Now the PC is not booting. I tried everything to fix Windows, but not succeeding. So I copied the two partitions (Data &amp; OS) onto another hard disk, so I have a copy of everything. I wiped down the hard drive and clean installed a copy of Windows 10, using the ISO downloaded from the Microsoft official site.</p> <p>And here the problem arrives: there isn't any sticker with Window's activation key on. And the key is not anywhere else.</p> <p>So I'll have to bring it out from the backup. And here I'm needing help: where do I find this key? It is even findable or is encrypted and not decryptable?</p> 3 Where to find the Windows 10 license key on the surface book? RononDex 2016-03-04T20:54:14Z 2017-12-22T01:20:49Z <p>Where can one find the key of the installed windows 10 operating system on the surface book?</p> <p>I tried to find it on the case and asked google but couldn't find an answer.</p> 0 Can Windows-7 Home Premium 32bit retail full install be used with a Window-7 Home Premium 32bit Upgrade license key? therobyouknow 2011-12-08T16:43:02Z 2017-11-23T05:22:50Z <p>Can Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit retail full install be used with Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit Upgrade license key?</p> <p>I bought a Windows-7 32 or 64bit Home Premium Upgrade DVD (upgrade from Vista). I complete the installation upgrade of Windows-7 32 bit Home Premium doing the following:</p> <ol> <li>Install Windows 32bit Vista Basic DVD. </li> <li>Use Vista serial product license key/COA </li> <li>Install Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (using the 32bit DVD, not the 64bit edition DVD, can only use one or the other)</li> <li>Install of Windows 7 Home Premium checks for Vista already present and then once found OK offers the option of complete clean install, i.e. wiping the drive first.</li> <li>Use Windows 7 Home Premium License product serial number license key/COA </li> <li>All OK - valid install upgrade path</li> </ol> <p>But, if I ever need to do this again, for quickness, I'd rather just use a full retail (non-OEM) Windows Home Premium 32bit install DVD from scratch and type in the Windows 7 Home Premium License product serial number license key/COA. Can I do this?</p> <p>Done some searching already but the results are mixed up with OEM installs so not clear if I can or not, e.g.:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"></a></li> <li><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"></a></li> <li><a href="">Install Retail Windows 7 Ultimate disk with Home Premium OEM CD Key</a></li> </ul> <p>This one is closest, but does it apply to my specific question too:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Can a valid Windows 7 Ultimate X64 upgrade license key be used to validate a full RTM install?</a></li> </ul> 4 How to reinstall and reactivate Windows 10 with an OEM license SoupSpoon 2016-12-25T00:53:39Z 2017-11-06T19:23:47Z <p>I have bought a Lenovo IdeaPad 310 which came preinstalled with Windows 10 Home, but also came with loads of junk on it which I would like to properly clean by reinstalling Windows. I anyway have a valid .iso file to install but from my past experiences with OEM Windows licenses, I am quite sure it will not activate properly. Am I wrong, and if not, how can I make it work?</p> 0 Windows 8.1 BOX and Windows 10 free upgrade Preetygeek 2017-10-01T13:48:13Z 2017-10-01T14:45:46Z <p>I have Windows 8.1 BOX. I have sold PC and currently I want to use key on different PC and Windows account. Will I be able to get update to Windows 10? Is it bounded with key, account or PC? </p> <p>Edit:</p> <p>I have sold PC without operating system(clean format of all drives), on this computer I have had my windows 8.1 box that was later free updated to 10.</p> <p>Now I have one unused copy of Windows 8.1 box. </p> <p>If I install this copy on new computer with new windows account, will I be able to update to windows 10 for free? Or my update is bounded with windows account/motherboard/previous computer?</p> <p>By 8.1 BOX I mean retail version in box with two DVDs - x32 and x64 versions.</p> 6 How to transfer office activation to another account? sharpener 2016-11-26T22:02:51Z 2017-09-28T11:01:30Z <ul> <li>I have bought two licenses for <code>Office 2016 Home &amp; Student</code> (the permanent licenses, not the 365 subscription).</li> <li>Due to some auto-signup, cookies and product-keys-encoded-in-a-url supplied by the vendor and also my ignorance regarding the modern-software-licensing-mechanisms, I accidentally registered two licenses for one Microsoft Office <code>account A</code> (created ad hoc).</li> <li>I have found no option, how to transfer one of the activations to another <code>account B</code>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Is there any method, how to do it?</strong></p> 10 Windows XP SP3 (Legal) download? Nimbuz 2009-12-28T11:27:42Z 2017-09-09T10:49:51Z <p>I have my CD-key sticker with me but don't have the CD anymore. Is there anywhere I can download <strong>Windows XP SP3</strong> installation disc from?</p> 5 Can I "unactivate" a Microsoft Office 2010 key to install on a new machine? IAmAN00B 2012-05-17T23:16:03Z 2017-08-22T01:30:19Z <p>I just acquired two Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus keys. But I'm replacing the machine that I have soon. I don't want to have to use one key on the current machine and then use up the other key when I get the new machine.</p> <p>Isn't there a way of "uninstalling" office that would effectively place the key back in my pool? That way I have no problem moving the license to a new machine.</p> 0 Windows 10 - Digital license after PC format Samuel Ferreira 2017-08-17T18:34:38Z 2017-08-17T18:53:45Z <p>So I have this laptop that had Windows 7 original and I updated to Windows 10, so I got a digital key. Since 2 weeks ago my PC got infected and I formatted but I wasn't smart enough to see which Windows 10 version I had(Pro, Home,etc) and I directly formatted my PC to Windows 10 Pro after that it said that it couldn't activate Windows so I tried a random key on the internet (I didn't knew I had a digital key). I was searching I found about the digital keys. Now my questions is if I format it to the right Windows 10 version will it still have the digital key or did I lost her because I tried to change to a random one? Or is there a way to see all the keys on a PC so I can recover the right one and insert it on the right Windows Version?</p> -1 Windows License with Thinkpad user93353 2016-10-25T09:15:13Z 2017-07-29T12:51:37Z <p>I have a Thinkpad which came with Windows installed. I think the Windows was Windows 8 (not 100% sure, but) - I think upgraded to 8.1 &amp; then to Windows 10. There is a Sticker which says "Pro Windows" with the Microsoft Windows logo on the laptop. But there is no other sticker which gives the Windows License key. </p> <p>My harddisk has issues (though still working) &amp; it going to be replaced by Lenovo warranty - but they will just install a blank HD - no OS. The laptop didn't come with Windows Disks. My vendor says that the license key is burnt into the BIOS &amp; it will automatically be picked when Windows is reinstalled. </p> <p>I have several options now </p> <ul> <li><p>is to make a bootable recovery CD on a pen drive &amp; use it to install - will this install Windows 8 or Windows 10? </p></li> <li><p>Freshly install Windows 8 &amp; then hope the license key is automatically picked up. Then upgrade to 8.1 &amp; then to 10. </p></li> <li><p>Freshly install Windows 10 &amp; hope the license key is picked up. </p></li> </ul> <p>I installed Magical Jelly Bean Key Finder &amp; it shows the OS &amp; Windows 10 Pro &amp; gives a CD Key - is the key which came with the OS or is the key which was given automatically when I upgraded to 10. </p> <p>I am wondering which of the options would be the most seamless for me to get back to work once I replace the hard disk.</p> 3 Windows 8.1 is not activated even I have key in BIOS Bhavin 2013-10-31T12:24:58Z 2017-05-23T02:55:03Z <p>I have updated to Windows 8.1 few days ago. Everything was perfect and working great. Before that I was using (pre-installed) Win 8 Single Lang.</p> <p>Now it is not activating even when I type the key from BIOS.</p> <p>What should I do?</p> <p><img src="" alt="screenshot of Activation dialog"></p> 0 Can I install Windows 10 on new laptop after formatting previous laptop? agikarasugi 2017-05-14T02:24:54Z 2017-05-14T04:21:14Z <p>Recently I got a new laptop, and I want to move the windows license from my previous laptop. The windows installed on my old laptop is the retail version of windows 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10. Is it possible to move the license? Or I need to purchase another license for the new laptop?</p> 2 Best way to reformat/recover in Windows when your CD key is no longer valid? Corey 2010-04-19T18:27:52Z 2017-04-10T04:40:22Z <p>I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional that I have downloaded from the MSDNAA e-academy (thanks to my school). Now, the problem is that these license keys are one-use only. </p> <p>If I need to reformat or do a factory reset, what is the best way for me to do so, without invalidating my license and screwing me out of an operating system?</p> <p>Edit: </p> <p>I would also like to know some information on the "restore to factory settings" option in Windows 7 recovery center. Does it do exactly as the name implies and starts you off as if you had just done a fresh install? If I had some kind of nasty trojan or virus, would it be able to survive through the factory reset?</p> <p>The recovery center also has an option for reformatting, though I don't think that it's an actual format - it just backs up your stuff into a Windows.old folder or something like that. Does that require a valid license key?</p> 4 Windows 8.1 asking for product key after recovery trex 2015-06-06T05:10:20Z 2017-04-09T14:06:38Z <p>My laptop was not starting. I understood that the battery had run out of charging as soon as I plugged in the charger and started my laptop. Meanwhile, for a second I had removed the plug again and plugged in to another socket which corrupted my Windows 8.1 which was earlier upgraded from Windows 8. </p> <p>Then it was showing me only a blue screen with Windows 8 error code <code>oxc000000d</code>. </p> <p><img src="" alt="enter image description here"></p> <p>After going through many solutions, I understood that I'm not able to connect my recovery media which is inside one of the drives of my laptop, so I downloaded a Windows 8.1 Pro from the internet to a bootable USB and tried to repair using Recovery options. I got the following error: </p> <pre><code>The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. </code></pre> <p>I found a quick <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">solution on it</a>, which at least lead me to unlock my drive, and I installed a fresh copy using <code>Reset your PC</code> from <code>Advanced options</code> of <code>UEFI firmware</code>. This installed Windows 8.1 Pro probably from the USB which I had downloaded from the internet.</p> <p>Now the current installation is asking for an Activation Code.</p> <ul> <li>Is there any way to recover from my old recovery media which is in my <code>Windows RE or Recovery</code> drive of the same laptop? </li> </ul> <p>I'm getting an error on reset or refresh Windows 8 without installation disc.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Screenshot"> </p> <p><strong>Update</strong>:Removing disk management to shorten the question. I assigned letter to my recovery partitions I'm able to see the files in it. Diskpart - <img src="" alt="ScreenGrab"> Here is Recovery drive - <img src="" alt="ScrrenGrab"> </p>