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Activate Windows 10 with Windows 7 license key

Jan 16, 2020 6:11AM PST

I have Windows 10 home installed on a KVM through GNOME Boxes. In the Windows installer, it asked me for the license key, and I put in one from Windows 7 home premium. It's the same license key that came with my device and worked on Windows 7 before I switched to Linux.

When I put in the license key, Windows 10 took it like it was a valid license key, Just like Windows 7 did when I activated that.

I thought it was activated, but the settings home cares to differ? Activation settings knows it's got a license key for Windows, but it's not activating. I can't get an error code, either. When contacting Microsoft support, they told me to activate by phone by running SLUI 4. That did nothing...

I'm ok with using Windows unactivated for now, and the only reason I'm even using Windows is that Office 365 won't work over WINE (And I need 0365).

Any suggestions as to what I should do?

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To cover another angle.
Jan 16, 2020 10:18AM PST

That method has NEVER worked and I don't see it on any web site. Nice for you to confirm again it does not work.

The methods I am using are those you find on the web. I think you can find those so I'll stop here.

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Jan 16, 2020 10:47AM PST
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As you suspect.
Jan 16, 2020 10:55AM PST

Microsoft does not reveal all about licensing and volume license keys and their rules are longer than I will type here.

Once in a while some will get upset that a VLK doesn't work and well, that's between you and Microsoft but here again we have a good one for you to take back to Microsoft and demand they make good for you.

VLKs are strictly between you and Microsoft. You won't find any support for them in any forum I've found.

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Your linked article is dated "Created on February 3, 2016"
Jan 16, 2020 11:01AM PST

As such I wish you good luck with this. Microsoft changed the eligibility dates of that method and as I do not keep history you would have to call Microsoft to learn when it changed.

Now I see why you thought this would work.

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Jan 16, 2020 12:03PM PST

It was extended? Ok, that explains a lot. Thanks.

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It was also changed.
Jan 16, 2020 12:16PM PST

Remember I can not keep up with Microsoft's license and upgrade paths as they shift over time.

For example there is still some path left open but may have you telling a lie about a disability, yet folk will do that.

Even so all I can offer is that linked article has worked for some time. Then you mention VLK, etc and you are definitely in the arms of Microsoft's own support.

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Jan 16, 2020 6:17AM PST

If the Microsofts activation help can't help you, then it seems that paying for a Windows 10 license is the solution. Consider it as extra costs needed for running Office 365, which isn't free either.
If it's some external organization forcing you to run Office 365 (most home users are happy enough with LibreOffice), see if they will pay Windows 10 for you.

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