Activation still works with old technet 8.1 License TODAY 04 Aug 2022


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Hi folks
Any of you guys who still have old Technet keys - W10/W11 activated with a digital license -- STILL -- I needed a New VM on totally new hardware and it activated with digital license.

1) Just at Install time --DO NOT ENTER A PRODUCT KEY -- choose I don't have a product key.

2) After boot up go to activation ->change product key

3) enter the old technet key

Q.E.D -- active -- those old technet keys are valid for zillionsof activations BTW !!!!

Cheers
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I still have OEM Windows 7 product keys from COA stickers that will activate brand new VMs. And I don't know how many times each one has been used. I think Microsoft resets the product key use counters like every six months, even for OEM product keys.
 

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I was in the Microsoft Partners program until they discontinued it, got lots of software such as Windows and Office but a limit of 10.
 

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Hi folks
Any of you guys who still have old Technet keys - W10/W11 activated with a digital license -- STILL -- I needed a New VM on totally new hardware and it activated with digital license.

1) Just at Install time --DO NOT ENTER A PRODUCT KEY -- choose I don't have a product key.

2) After boot up go to activation ->change product key

3) enter the old technet key

Q.E.D -- active -- those old technet keys are valid for zillionsof activations BTW !!!!

Cheers
jimbo
Do you have a spare key?!
 

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I still have OEM Windows 7 product keys from COA stickers that will activate brand new VMs. And I don't know how many times each one has been used.
Good to know. I have some too, but only used each one once to activate a VM so far.....
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Release Preview as a native boot vhdx.

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I had the same experience when I got a new system up and running few days ago.
When I did Win 11I had to enter my old 7 key in change product key.
Only thing I could think of.
As it was having trouble activating with purchase suggested.


Side note: when I first powered up thé new system and used my old SSD with Win 10, loaded defaults thingy in bios it went into Win 10, System paused for a bit then an MSI box popped up and it offered/loaded in new drivers.
I ran the thing about for half a day, it activated, never blue screened or coughed.
Previous build had been Intel with MSI MB
 

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when I first powered up thé new system and used my old SSD with Win 10 .... I ran the thing about for half a day, it activated, never blue screened or coughed. Previous build had been Intel with MSI MB
Welcome to Eleven Forum.

Yes, Windows 10/11 is very good at sorting out new drivers when moved to completely different hardware. My System One is an AMD based laptop with Radeon graphics. I bought it so it would be a supported device for Windows 11, then cloned the Windows 10 install from my old 'main machine' to it. That was an Intel based system with Intel HD graphics. After sorting out drivers it booted to the desktop and worked fine.

Activation depends on whether the machine you move the OS to already has a digital licence on the Microsoft activation servers. Digital licences are linked to the hardware ID of the PC. If there is an existing digital licence for the edition you are running (Home or Pro) then it will activate.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Release Preview as a native boot vhdx.
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Release Preview as a native boot vhdx.

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Welcome to Eleven Forum.

Yes, Windows 10/11 is very good at sorting out new drivers when moved to completely different hardware. My System One is an AMD based laptop with Radeon graphics. I bought it so it would be a supported device for Windows 11, then cloned the Windows 10 install from my old 'main machine' to it. That was an Intel based system with Intel HD graphics. After sorting out drivers it booted to the desktop and worked fine.

Activation depends on whether the machine you move the OS to already has a digital licence on the Microsoft activation servers. Digital licences are linked to the hardware ID of the PC. If there is an existing digital licence for the edition you are running (Home or Pro) then it will activate.
Not quite true -- also with VM's ensure the guuid is the same otherwise Windows activation thinks it's a brand new machine !!!! - but if that happens and windows asks for activation and it won't activate - THEN enter the W7/W8/W8.1 product key. The best way with VM's though is to ensure the GUUID is the same. In VMware workstation hit the I moved it box rather than the I copied it box if that prompt turns up.

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In VMware workstation hit the I moved it box rather than the I copied it box if that prompt turns up.
In Hyper-V it's 'import using the existing machine ID'.
 

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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Release Preview as a native boot vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 128GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro 22H2 Insider Release Preview as a native boot vhdx.

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