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i have never purchase Windows License, because Microsoft Sucks ! these are a f***ing thieves,
I do not see why I respect them, they steal information installs adware and keyloggers on their OS for licenses already very expensive!
Personally I always made the war to microsoft because they managed to grab all compatibility on their system and then force everyone to install windows, so that they can install all the crap that brings in the most money possible without hiding!
The moral of the story is, always use Linux, because windows is always trying to pirate your computer, and constantly updating, Trojans, worms, virus's, and into everything you do or have ever done, not to mention going through platforms, like a college boy goes through condoms.
hey linus i have a problem that you won't be able to fix with my wondow's computer, i have been playing black desert online for a year and a half now every thing was great until the 9/5/18 patch of the game it self, now every 20 minutes this message pops up (The exception unknown software exception (0xc0000417) if you kno how this cud be fixed with 100% accuracy let me kno i have tried every step in the book even a factory data reset?????????
Tie yor activation licence wwith yor Microsoft account aand each time you install new copy (even with different components) when you sign-in with your account windows will activate by itself (no license input needed at all)
Honestly I wholeheartedly understand you even if you went on an anti-Pay-for-windows spree.
I had a windows 7 Home Premium 3-pack I bought at staples in 2010. Reputable Microsoft supplier. One random day in 2012, I booted my computer, “WINDOWS NOT GENUINE”. Then a few days later another machine on that same key does the same thing. I dug out my third computer. Worked great, until I connected the WiFi. Same deal. Everything up to date. Turns out Microsoft blocked my key. They said I stole it. I still had receipt and original box but that didn’t help me and they didn’t believe it. I never did get them to help me, I just went ahead and cracked my legal copies just to be done with it.
As for you I think somewhere isn’t there an “evaluation” clause in the EULA that makes your copy legit anyway? You build a test rig and may only keep it for a few days to weeks but you’re just gonna wipe it and redo it all over again with different hardware
This is pretty new to me. I've used a windows 7 key for years over many upgrades to the hardware, and have never had this problem. Nor has using a key from a dead computer in a new one. Maybe it's a windows 10 thing?
If you absolutely must buy Windows, go to kinquin.net. Real activation keys for a fraction of the what MS typically charges (e.g., time of this post Win 10 Pro for $32). I've used them several times and never had a dud.
Linus, for real you do not know?
I have a Windows 8 Pro OEM version, common user term meaning it is supposed to be installed once by a manufacturer complete with backup partition for factory reset, etc usually on a laptop or a built in branded pc.
OEM is cheaper by about ten to twenty dollars here than the regular Windows.
You can reinstall or reconfigure this Windows and reuse the key five times. After that, you have to call Microsoft and ask for a reset, giving a reason why, and you get 5 more chance to reuse the key.
I do not believe in antivirus or in imaging my system, so i use windows defender and reinstall regularly about 3 months or so and reinstall when upgrading so I used those 5 less than a year.
I called their CS, and talked to a guy with an accent. Surprisingly it went smooth, he was very helpful, didnt even care when i explained that i wasnt buying used key or pirated etc. He was like... Dude it's fine, no worries.
Looking at your Windows package, my guess is that is an OEM?
Here is what i learned so far about this:
Reinstalling fresh from nothing, you have to use the key and it counts as one use.
Only if you change motherboard or graphic card will your windows trigger activation or reactivation. Even if you dont reinstall.
Changing your drive even to SSD, ram, powersupply, fan, casing etc. As long as you don't reinstall will not trigger reactivation.
Since i use Windows 8, i upgraded at some point. Still not using image, still no antivirus BUT i have come to know a good feature: reset, in settings. This will reset my system to a state when windows 10 is first installed. So i never reinstalled, just reset.
Upgrading and resetting from windows 10 DOES NOT TRIGGER REACTIVATION. upgrading hardware does not either. I upgraded my motherboard from intel lga 775 to amd fm 2+ and graphic card from nvidia gtx 8900 to radean R9 270x and changed my hdd to pci-e SSD, reset periodically and never had to reinstall and never had to reuse my key and never had to reactivate since 2013.
I know, my hardwsre is old and kinda pathetic lol need to upgrade bad, maybe you should hire me to maintain your windows systems :p
Anyway, that's my experience. Happy to share.
honestly, the windows VM I'm on RN doesn't bother me on the 4K screen, also, to change that hideous low res HD window background, all one has to do is right click on a picture and set as desktop background.
same reason why my printing company use pirates windows 10, because there some older printing machine that no longer release the software updates beyond the very first windows 10 update, and so because of the printing machine is still in very good shape and actually very expensive so we decided to use pirated windows 10 for now, planned to change it to original once the printer is no longer working.
This shit happened to me, I had bought a 20$ license from bananza.com, worked about a year or two, randomly one day when I restarted I got this windows is not genuine, so I removed the key, and used WAD to remove the windows advantage windows feature from my system. already spent a little over 1300 dollars on my game rig, not spending another 200 or more for shit keys...
Sure, but Microsoft not really play fair with customers so why should we? for $100 license you should get unlimited amount of activations on any machine or at least perpetual license for activation off-line based on provided serial number, the best example how to get really cheap Windows 10 Pro license for commercial use is fast2play/Kinguin website, just you need to pick worldwide license and pay $1 extra for buyer protection service and technically you have OEM license for you own machine build:)LOL
I just change legacy to UEFI, MBR to GPT and stucked with this annoying activation prompt :) Than I changed back and booom, Windows is activated without any problems. Than I repeated the process and boom, Windows is activated again without a problem :D
These guys from Redmond have mess in everything, literally :D
What a grumpy bunch of people who left comments crying about the watermark on Linus's screen. Come ON. He tests so many products and gives us great videos. They all take time and effort to produce. Find something else to cry about geez!!
I went through this nightmare last month and decided to just live with the watermark. My SSD died and I lost my copy of windows, reinstalled on my new SSD and now my computer refuses to recognize the license. I called their support service and they were so infuriating and unhelpful, it made me wonder why I used windows in the first place. Not to mention the quality of the OS seems to be declining with Windows 7 being the last solid release, although that fact is barely related to my point.
I never got to see this, Enter License Key Here, on this system, but I have seen it in VM use, but there was no skipping for all versions of Windows that I have found. Maybe something is wrong with the ISO?
So wait, why is it bad to use remote services, if businesses like the sellers that you got the computer from, uses remote services anyways and tells us to use it for support? If it is bad, then why force us to do this? This is confusing.... It's just a computer that we, the user, wasted our money on, why force us to do things that is so called "illegal"? Can someone ask Microsoft this please? Even they told me to use remote services... And there are many phone apps made by Microsoft that supports this....
HA! Looks like Microsoft's Activation Server suffered from bug and was showing Win10 Pro users the deactivation notice. MS just needs to go back to the simple serial number/key method instead of this boolshiet KMS system they have in place. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid!) People have already hacked this whole KMS system, so it hasn't stopped piracy...instead, it's made it inconvenient for legitimate users.
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