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Windows 10 Home is activated!?


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#1 SupermanPrime

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:21 PM

My Windows 10 Home (build 1703) is activated, and I never activated it (or cracked it). I'm not a Windows Insider (I logged in with a local account and never changed that).

 

Why did this happen?

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:35 PM

If you bought the machine with Windows 10 or upgraded it from a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 it has been activated ever since.

 

It does not matter if you log in with a local account or a Microsoft account, the OS connects to the Microsoft servers and attempts to activate itself (and, unless you have a non-legal version, it does).

 

It happened because it's the normal course of events.  If you have a copy that has not been activated it will stop working in 30 days unless you buy a license key.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:19 PM

If you bought the machine with Windows 10 or upgraded it from a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 it has been activated ever since.

 

It does not matter if you log in with a local account or a Microsoft account, the OS connects to the Microsoft servers and attempts to activate itself (and, unless you have a non-legal version, it does).

 

It happened because it's the normal course of events.  If you have a copy that has not been activated it will stop working in 30 days unless you buy a license key.

I mentioned the local account to "prove" I wasn't an Insider.

 

This is a clean install on a custom machine (I wiped both my drives, and installed). Maybe Windows used my IP? I never activated it, I always used the "free" version, that doesn't let you customize the look and has the watermark.

 

I'm pretty confused, because of this:

  • You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
  • You bought genuine Windows 10 from the Store and successfully activated Windows 10.
  • You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Store and successfully activated Windows 10.
  • You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated earlier version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.

 

 

 

It's a digital license, and according to Microsoft, those are the only ways to obtain it. I don't have any of those requisites.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks for the reply.


Edited by SupermanPrime, 11 August 2017 - 11:21 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:27 AM

Has the machine ever had Windows 10 installed on it in the past?  If it has a digital entitlement exists on Microsoft's servers that links to the motherboard and will automatically activate Windows 10 if it is ever reinstalled on the machine.

 

Did you buy the mobo secondhand?  The previous owner could have used it with Windows 10, which would cause automatic activation.

 

How did you acquire the copy of Windows 10 that you installed?  Was it after the free period ended but you downloaded it from their Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade for Assistive Technology Users page?  If so, that will automatically activate.

 

In any case, count yourself lucky.  You've just saved about $200.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:38 AM

 

If you bought the machine with Windows 10 or upgraded it from a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 it has been activated ever since.

 

It does not matter if you log in with a local account or a Microsoft account, the OS connects to the Microsoft servers and attempts to activate itself (and, unless you have a non-legal version, it does).

 

It happened because it's the normal course of events.  If you have a copy that has not been activated it will stop working in 30 days unless you buy a license key.

I mentioned the local account to "prove" I wasn't an Insider.

 

This is a clean install on a custom machine (I wiped both my drives, and installed). Maybe Windows used my IP? I never activated it, I always used the "free" version, that doesn't let you customize the look and has the watermark.

 

I'm pretty confused, because of this:

  • You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
  • You bought genuine Windows 10 from the Store and successfully activated Windows 10.
  • You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Store and successfully activated Windows 10.
  • You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated earlier version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.

 

 

 

It's a digital license, and according to Microsoft, those are the only ways to obtain it. I don't have any of those requisites.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

 

 

If absolutely none of the conditions apply to you, then you are a pirate and are running an illegal version of Windows. If you are not a pirate, then Windows 10 is legally activated.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:16 AM

I'd say that if none of the conditions applied, yet somehow Microsoft in its infinite algorithmic wisdom activated Windows 10, it is well-nigh impossible to call the person for whom this occurred without their own intervention "a pirate."

 

Even if they wanted to, I can't imagine how difficult it would be to convince Microsoft that you don't have a legal copy of Windows 10 when they believe you do.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:45 PM

Brian, maybe you miss understood what I tried to say. What I tried to say is that since it is activated, the OP must have met some condition, advertised or unadvertised, that he does not know about.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:14 PM

Brian, maybe you miss understood what I tried to say. What I tried to say is that since it is activated, the OP must have met some condition, advertised or unadvertised, that he does not know about.

 

I actually got your drift, but really was reacting to the concept of "accidental pirate."   The two things really are diametrically opposed.

 

Like you said, if Microsoft thinks you're activated then you're activated - regardless of the underlying reason.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:27 AM

Ok, my computer once had an activated Windows 10 copy, but I no longer have the key. I was planning to leave it as it was, without activation. I guess it all worked out.

 

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 02:57 PM

Once Windows 10 is activated it stores you pc information on MS servers (that's what digital entitlemnet is). So when you install Windows 10 again it checks to see if you PC has digital entitlement and activates it if it does.


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