Its taken me longer than I wanted to get windows 10 working on my desktop, but I finally got it installed. I log in to my windows account, I have a windows 10 key burned in to my account so I just log in and it activates. It was something I had from college.
Anyways, I have both of my laptops registered with 10 pro, but my desktop doesn’t want to register. I realize I could just as easily walk into best buy and just get a picture of a key off of a machine, but I’d rather use my key that I own.
Is there a reason my key isn’t applying? Is it that I hit a max? IDK! Any help appreciated.
Is the key registered to your account from another machine?
As far as I remember, a key will register to one pc, and create a hardware profile.
So it won’t transfer to another pc, and to many hardware changes on a desktop might trigger windows to demand a new license key.
I think ltt did a video on this subject acually.
It’s been a while since i watched it, but it’s about activation etc.
2 laptops and a desktop. Do you have 3 license keys? If you only have 2, then theres your problem
I got a multiple use key a long long time ago when 10 was in early early release. I don’t really know why it works, but I know it registered more than only one machine. I did my MSI and my thinkpad days apart from each other, and both are registered. /shrug?
Unless you got a volume license somehow or one of your other computers had a license embedded in the UEFI (which is very likely for a laptop), you just got lucky. Each license is for exactly one computer.
If you have an old windows 7 or 8 license from back in the day, that will activate win10.
Ruffalo is probably on the money, that so far you have been lucky.
But M$ must have set a limit for how many pc’s that multiple use key can activate.
But it seems that you’ll have to head to their store or a reseller for a new key.
Actually the installer was insanely hard to even get running. I had to get an older installer on DVD to get it working, and even then it took like 20 minutes to get up and running. I still had to leave it all day to install.
It almost certainly was. You can check with some slmgr command, it’s on Google.
I read awhile back that even the Dell XPS “developer edition” laptops coming with Linux preinstalled had Windows licenses in their UEFI, because it was cheaper to pay Microsoft than take them out due to their contract.
You can reuse a retail key freely, and while it technically isn’t permitted you can reuse a separately purchased OEM key too. I do that myself. But embedded keys can’t be transferred without hacking through or emulating the UEFI, that’s actually how pirates do it. They go to extreme lengths to save thirty bucks.
You can but there’s no reason to, because every HP Elitebook X42z (or whatever) has the exact same embedded key. To use it on a non-HP Elitebook X42z you have to use those pirate tools to emulate the UEFI. And then you’re stuck running a morally-sound but technically illegal OS that could break at any time, and who needs the aggravation to save thirty bucks?