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  1. #111


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    Nope, just get random, non-related results for the last five of my OEM key.

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  2. #112


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Do a change key and enter that key.
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  3. #113


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chevko View Post
    Nope, just get random, non-related results for the last five of my OEM key.
    No. not the OEM key, the middle one listed as "original key"
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  4. #114


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    Sorry, I'm terrible are clarifying, it's one of my worst traits.

    Both keys now read the same. OEM and Original.

    Edit:
    And ShowKey has also updated to show what everyone else's in the Win10 forum shows. No Original Key, just OEM.
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  5. #115


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Ok, it depends on what was done as to what keys show and don't or match each other. If I install say Windows 8.1 Core on my laptop, all three keys will be the same key, my OEM key. If I install 8.1 Pro, the original key shown and installed key shown will be the Pro key. Upgrade and add Media Center and the installed key will be the Media Center key. The key shown as installed key is the key the PC is currently trying to activate with.

    Hmm, Superfly will have to confirm but I do believe if the OEM and original key show the same thing, that means windows was installed using the OEM key? I think that's what it means? Then the key was changed to what is shown as installed key?
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  6. #116


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Showkey shows an original key for me? On this PC anyway, it was an upgrade from 8.1 Pro. I guess if you clean install it won't?
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  7. #117


    Quote Originally Posted by Chevko View Post
    Sorry, I'm terrible are clarifying.
    LOL.. no kidding

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Then the key was changed to what is shown as installed key?
    Yep,

    Installed key = OEM key = Activation = Happy days.

    (Original key is just the previously installed one... except when GWX screws up!)
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  8. #118


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    Yeah xD I don't usually realize until about now. It takes a couple times of clarifying myself to re-realize "... I'm terrible at this." It's even worse when it's a new community and I'm either venting or trying to assist or trying to get assistance xD

    Well, this is what I went from, to what I went to, before and after I reinstalled Win8.1 and used my OEM key.

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    I had an Original and OEM, between having the trial key and what I'm guessing was the flag for the early rollout of Win10 (that's literally the only thing my non-certified head can come up with). When I got the notification for Win10, I was thinking "Wait, what? Free upgrade‽ I can get rid of this Activate Windows alert!" Only a couple months later with nothing ever happening did I start to dig into getting W10 and finding what sounded like Microsoft was bricking or ransoming machines that didn't have a genuine copy - it now sounds like it's the same thing I had going on. So I backpedaled and wanted none of it. When Win10 rolled around to my Update screen, it re-kickstarted me searching into getting re... verified? I guess that's the word.

    But yeah, if the keys match, then there's no need for it to display the same info three times in a row. Twice is just enough because you need to see what you've used.
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  9. #119


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Ok, so you have reinstalled, using the OEM key, and its all OK now? Superfly is continually refining showkey and making it better. The whole thing basically started with the Windows 8 embedded keys. They aren't printed on the COA sticker. The key stored in the registry isn't always the one you need or want either. Not if your starting over like you did. The key in the registry is the one in use, which was no good in your case. Once you do the free upgrade to Windows 10 there will be another key shown. The Windows 10 key. Ironically, you don't need to know what it is, its a generic key anyway. Don't panic though, this time it will work on your PC. Once you do the upgrade and activate Windows 10 you'll get a digital entitlement stored on the activation server. A fingerprint of that PC basically. Then when you clean install Windows 10 on that PC it checks it, it matches, and activates. You don't even have to enter a product code, you just click skip. The way I did my upgardes was to go here, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10 run the setup file and use the "Upgrade This PC Now" option. Fairly quick and painless. Then download an ISO latter on for future use.
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