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I have no please activate, no nagware like 8.1.

It just works with all of my drivers and never blinks.

If I need a social media or internet PC maybe missing features would be helpful.
But for audio servers you need hassle free stability.

So is it a Please Activate Water Marked Demo?
I don’t inow, and really don’t care.
Reminds me of XP. A real workhorse...
It will ask you to activate and disable personalisation.

Have you done an upgrade install over Win 7 or 8? The activation from that will activate W10. Totally legit.
 
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It will ask you to activate and disable personalisation.

Have you done an upgrade install over Win 7 or 8? The activation from that will activate W10. Totally legit.

Or you can just do a clean install of windows 10 if you are just using the same motherboard with previous windows 7/8/8.1 installed, that's how I did it.
 

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Or you can just do a clean install of windows 10 if you are just using the same motherboard with previous windows 7/8/8.1 installed, that's how I did it.
Yeah that will work. Microsoft calls it a Digital License.
 
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I have no please activate, no nagware like 8.1.

It just works with all of my drivers and never blinks.

If I need a social media or internet PC maybe missing features would be helpful.
But for audio servers you need hassle free stability.

So is it a Please Activate Water Marked Demo?
I don’t inow, and really don’t care.
Reminds me of XP. A real workhorse...
They are still allowing free upgrades from 8.1 unofficially. You probably got one.
 
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I’m still on my Win7 “upgrade“ OEM key tied to my MS account that apparently went full retail. I recently switched from Intel to AMD and bought a new key fully expecting to need it(Cheap key that of course needed a phone call)But my OG key just rolled over to my new rig much to my surprise.
 
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I’m still on my Win7 “upgrade“ OEM key tied to my MS account that apparently went full retail. I recently switched from Intel to AMD and bought a new key fully expecting to need it(Cheap key that of course needed a phone call)But my OG key just rolled over to my new rig much to my surprise.
I've been seeing that too but not fully consistently. I wonder what the particulars are of what does and does not qualify for conversion.
 

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I've been seeing that too but not fully consistently. I wonder what the particulars are of what does and does not qualify for conversion.
I was genuinely surprised It’s so old so I fully expected to need a new key and had one at the ready.
 
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Okay so I've tried out a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro to see what the unactivated version is like. Latest version was downloaded with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. I've learned a couple of things:

With a fresh install,
  • Windows will not communicate with the activation servers until the internet is connected (well duh) and essentially provides full functionality with personalization.
After connecting to the internet,
  • Any options under the Personalization section are greyed out. This includes Start Menu and Taskbar personalization options. Once it's locked by going online, you can't get it back unless Windows is activated.
  • Windows updates and all other functionalities (i.e. anything except personalization) still work as normal and don't seem to be neutered.
  • There are no "Activate Windows" watermarks, or activation notifications, or any indications that there is a trial period (e.g. 30 days).
  • Under the Settings > Update & Security > Activation section, it claims that: "Running a non-genuine copy of Windows can put you at greater risk for viruses and other security threats". This seems like a bogus claim when considering that Windows Defender still updates itself as normal and there's no reason why anti-virus programs would not work.
  • In that same section, it shows the last five digits of a 25-digit product key. I guess it already generates one by default?
I'm going to continue testing this unactivated Windows 10 over a month or so to see if anything changes.
 
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good thing I am moving to Linux Ubuntu soon as most of the games on my backlog are supported fully there. I will miss out on a couple titles, but its all good. will be nice, shedding M$ once and for all.
Our club is growing ...
 

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good thing I am moving to Linux Ubuntu soon as most of the games on my backlog are supported fully there. I will miss out on a couple titles, but its all good. will be nice, shedding M$ once and for all.
It's nice to kick product activation to the curb, isn't it? :)
 
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Hi,
Yeah been using mint cinnamon 20 and now 20.1 for a little while
It's just okay for some things linux in general is still too much of a pita for most people and hasn't really advanced since I first used it years ago on Mint ... 17 lol

Most will not use linux because they already despise simply clicking past a windows UAC popup lol so using a password for linux won't fly :)
 
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Hi,
Yeah been using mint cinnamon 20 and now 20.1 for a little while
It's just okay for some things linux in general is still too much of a pita for most people and hasn't really advanced since I first used it years ago on Mint ... 17 lol

Most will not use linux because they already despise simply clicking past a windows UAC popup lol so using a password for linux won't fly :)
I use windows because while I understand and know how to use CMD line's they annoy me
 

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I use windows because while I understand and know how to use CMD line's they annoy me

I have never once used a single CMD line ins Linux Ubuntu. Everything I need came pre-installed and auto-updates. I only game on Steam though, so eh.
 

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My laptop accepted Win10 Pro without a hiccup, it had Win8 Pro originally and doesn't laptops usually have their OS licenses built-in on their motherboards?
 
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My laptop accepted Win10 Pro without a hiccup, it had Win8 Pro originally and doesn't laptops usually have their OS licenses built-in on their motherboards?
Some do yes
 
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Germany is a bit weird on licencing and laws. This is no exception.
 
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you guys are still discussing about a random website posting shit?

i even talked to ebay in germany and they said they NEVER heard anything like this... not a single customer ever contacted ebay for having issues or something similar.
i checked a bunch of german PC Forums and there is not a single post or even a comment of a single person talking about this.

you are going crazy with this crap post from a dodgy website that has no source for it's claims.
 
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Okay so I've tried out a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro to see what the unactivated version is like. Latest version was downloaded with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. I've learned a couple of things:

With a fresh install,
  • Windows will not communicate with the activation servers until the internet is connected (well duh) and essentially provides full functionality with personalization.
After connecting to the internet,
  • Any options under the Personalization section are greyed out. This includes Start Menu and Taskbar personalization options. Once it's locked by going online, you can't get it back unless Windows is activated.
  • Windows updates and all other functionalities (i.e. anything except personalization) still work as normal and don't seem to be neutered.
  • There are no "Activate Windows" watermarks, or activation notifications, or any indications that there is a trial period (e.g. 30 days).
  • Under the Settings > Update & Security > Activation section, it claims that: "Running a non-genuine copy of Windows can put you at greater risk for viruses and other security threats". This seems like a bogus claim when considering that Windows Defender still updates itself as normal and there's no reason why anti-virus programs would not work.
  • In that same section, it shows the last five digits of a 25-digit product key. I guess it already generates one by default?
I'm going to continue testing this unactivated Windows 10 over a month or so to see if anything changes.
I’ve used it for years, it will work fine. I use a custom power scheme, multiple monitors, no need for the personal assistant or any other gunk.
Most of my needs reside in the ASRock Server boards BIOS.

They sell your data by extracting it during “upgrades.”

The only drawback seems to be on older CPUs like i7 5775/i7 4790k, when you stay offline the CPU works extra hard as it searches for files it cannot find.
They dont like being offline more than a week.
 

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The only drawback seems to be on older CPUs like i7 5775/i7 4790k, when you stay offline the CPU works extra hard as it searches for files it cannot find.
They dont like being offline more than a week.

thank goodness AMD made a comeback.
 
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I’ve used it for years, it will work fine. I use a custom power scheme, multiple monitors, no need for the personal assistant or any other gunk.
Most of my needs reside in the ASRock Server boards BIOS.

They sell your data by extracting it during “upgrades.”

The only drawback seems to be on older CPUs like i7 5775/i7 4790k, when you stay offline the CPU works extra hard as it searches for files it cannot find.
They dont like being offline more than a week.
Unless you disable it as the ask you on install
 
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How do i know if my currently used keys are legal? Is there a way to check it?

I bought a used brand pc that have a win10 key sticker (or bios integrated key - dell, hp brand...) - it is legal?

I found a used pc in trash that have win10 key sticker (or bios integrated key - dell, hp brand...) - it is legal?

I bought a few chinese motherboard that have integrated bios key (chinese mobo chipset is from recycled brand workstations or server that may have keys) - it is legal?
(i chose "I don't have a license" on windows install, but after installed it says activated)
i have a lot of pc case that have win7 pro sticker and working keys from trash and from corporate scrapping. I even found a working unopened boxed windows 7 ultimate edition. And i have a lot of original pc/ps1/xbox games from trash.

I dont have any bill or invoice, so all my keys are stolen and i am a criminal?
 
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