1. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    On both my main machines I was running Windows 8.1 and I then removed that and installed the Windows 10 insider program.

    I kept installing new builds until RTM came along. Once Windows 10 was released I unenrolled from the program and both machines were still activated.

    I performed a clean Windows 10 install on one machine and now it is asking for Windows 10 to be activated and I don't have a key - am I basically screwed?

    What can I do to activate it?

    Many thanks,

    Ian
    08-15-2015 08:12 PM
  2. IcyStorm's Avatar
    I don't think that's any way for you to activate it? Weren't people supposed to stay on the Insider Program to remain activated OR upgrade from 7/8.1 to be activated (and then clean install)?
    08-15-2015 08:19 PM
  3. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    This is where I am confused to be honest.
    08-15-2015 08:24 PM
  4. mjperry51's Avatar
    You need to reinstall your licensed version of 8.1, and perform an in-place upgrade to Win 10. Win10 should then be activated and you can perform a clean install. ..
    08-15-2015 08:40 PM
  5. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    You need to reinstall your licensed version of 8.1, and perform an in-place upgrade to Win 10. Win10 should then be activated and you can perform a clean install. ..
    I used the Windows 10 USB media tool and upgraded the version of Windows 10. Surely this means I now have a legitimate version or not? It is still activated after the upgrade. Is there any way to check I will survive a clean install?
    08-16-2015 01:17 AM
  6. eusty's Avatar
    As has been mentioned you need to upgrade the 8.1 version first.

    The W8.1 activation needs to be upgraded to a W10 activation, once it has then you can use it to perform a clean install.
    08-16-2015 06:54 AM
  7. mjperry51's Avatar
    I used the Windows 10 USB media tool and upgraded the version of Windows 10. Surely this means I now have a legitimate version or not? It is still activated after the upgrade. Is there any way to check I will survive a clean install?
    The free upgrade is available when you upgrade from Win 7 or Win 8/8.1 -- not Win 10TP. . .
    08-16-2015 08:51 AM
  8. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    I restored my secondary laptop to Windows 8.1 and upgraded to Windows 10.

    I will do the same with my main laptop at some point now that I managed to find the Asus factory restore tool and I had kept the initial Windows 8.1 recovery partition intact.

    Thanks.
    08-19-2015 12:13 AM

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