I have issue on the activation


dmdilks

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I have issue on the activation. This problem has been on the last 3 computers I have install windows 11 on.

OK the problem: I install windows 10 and and activate it. I do a upgrade to windows 11. Both on windows 10 & 11 it tells me that windows is activated with a digital key.

Then I do a clean install and when I get back into windows. It then tells me they didn't find a windows key attach to the computer. I have to put the key back in. Then it is fine. Plus I have tried this with two different version of windows 11 too. 21H2 & 23H2.

Plus I'm not jumping on windows just yet for the problem. Two of the boards have been the new AM5 boards. The other one is a AM4 board that has been running windows 10 for over 6 months.

Plus I have been installing windows from 3.1. This the 1st time of all the windows 10 & 11 that this has happen too. I do have a theory on this, but I'm going to wait and see what other people have to say.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-9800x-3.80Ghz - 8 Cores/16 Threads
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X299X Aorus Master,
    Memory
    32gb G-Skill DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX-3060 12GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG35VQ Curved Gaming Monitor 35"
    Screen Resolution
    3440 X 1440
    Hard Drives
    1-M2-NMVe SSD-512gb, 3-Pny 1TB SSD, 2-WD Raptors 1TB
    PSU
    Thermal-take PSU 850w
    Case
    Cooler Master Full tower
    Cooling
    Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L
    Keyboard
    Redragon lighted
    Mouse
    Logiteck Track Ball
    Internet Speed
    200gb
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows defender & Malwarebytes
Hi, @dmdilks

I do have a theory on this, but I'm going to wait and see what other people have to say.

Members will be better equiped to help you if they have all the information. Your theory is derived from the fact you know your system and all things related. Playing “Guess what I’m thinking?” isn’t helpful.
What is your theory?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Did you install with a local account or Microsoft account? When installing, did you insert you license key or use your Microsoft credentials?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I will never understand some peoples preoccupation with "Activation".
Why do YOU feels it's important?

:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-11/Pro/64, Optimum 11 V5, 23H2 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made w/Gigabyte mobo/DX-10
    CPU
    AMD FX 6350 Six Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, DX-10, GA-78LMT-USB3
    Memory
    Crucial, 16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 210, 1GB DDR3 Ram.
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Crucial SSD 500GB, SanDisk 126GB SSD, Toshiba 1TB HD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 W.
    Case
    Pac Man, Mid Tower
    Cooling
    AMD/OEM
    Keyboard
    101 key, Backlit/ Mechanical Switches/
    Mouse
    Logitech USB Wireless M310
    Internet Speed
    Hughes Net speed varies with the weather
    Browser
    Firefox 64x
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Super Anti Spyware
    Other Info
    Given to me as DEAD, and irreparable.
    Rebuilt with Gigabyte mobo, AMD cpu, 16GB ram and 500GB Crucial SSD.
I will never understand some peoples preoccupation with "Activation".
Why do YOU feels it's important?

:cool:
Do you use pirated copies of Windows?
If I pay for a license, I want to ensure my product is activated. I want to know that if I ever have to contact Microsoft, I get support without being questioned.
Your question is a tad bizarre.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I always feel like this is the safest way, link it to your online MS account.
Don't leave it as activated with a digital license only as then if your hardware changes enough like the MB, the activation is gone and you need a license key to fix it.
At least that is what I think.

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    some kind of old ASUS MB
    CPU
    old AMD B95
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8gb
    Hard Drives
    ssd WD 500 gb
OK I'm a retired Microsoft Partner. I have been installing windows on computers for almost 20 yrs.

The point I'm making is if I have a computer that I just installed windows 10 pro. It shows it has a digital key on it. The computer is all updated with the latest updates too. I then upgrade it to windows 11 pro. Plus it is up to date too with all the latest updates. It shows that I have digital key on the computer.

I then do a clean install of windows 11 pro. When I get back into windows it is showing me that windows didn't find a key attach to the computer. I have to reinstall the Key again. Really no big deal. But why should I have to reinstall the key again. Now for the hell of it I did another clean install, but this time it show that I have a digital key attach to the computer. Plus doing this with a off line account too.

My theory is that yes if I have a online account it might of not have happen. I build a lot computers every year. So I do offline accounts. So I have everything up to date. So when the person buys it, all they have to do change the name and setup account if they want.

Here is another Glitch with windows again. Like I ran into windows 10 a few yrs ago. That Glitch was basically the same thing here.

On that one if I did a clean with 20h2 it showed a digital key. If I did a clean install with 21h1 I have to reinstall the key. If I did a clean install with 21h2 it showed a digital key. Till this day that has never been fix it is still the same.

Plus I know I can use at this time a windows 10 key to activate windows 11. But when does that stop. I could use a windows 8 key to activate windows 10, but that has stop. You can't do that any more.

The thing is there is a Glitch here and will it be fix more likely not. Sorry but more then 50% of the people that I sell computers hate Microsoft. Yes they have to use the OS, but they hate it where Microsoft tries to control everything they are doing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-9800x-3.80Ghz - 8 Cores/16 Threads
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X299X Aorus Master,
    Memory
    32gb G-Skill DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX-3060 12GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG35VQ Curved Gaming Monitor 35"
    Screen Resolution
    3440 X 1440
    Hard Drives
    1-M2-NMVe SSD-512gb, 3-Pny 1TB SSD, 2-WD Raptors 1TB
    PSU
    Thermal-take PSU 850w
    Case
    Cooler Master Full tower
    Cooling
    Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L
    Keyboard
    Redragon lighted
    Mouse
    Logiteck Track Ball
    Internet Speed
    200gb
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows defender & Malwarebytes
I know I can use at this time a windows 10 key to activate windows 11. But when does that stop.
I don't think that's ever going to stop. As far as licencing is concerned MS treat all keys and digital licences as being for Windows 10/11. Under the hood the W11 kernel is basically the same as W10.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    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
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    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. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    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. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Is your Win 10 license a Retail or OEM?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
Is your Win 10 license a Retail or OEM?
At this point it really doesn't matter because it was the 1st time use of the key. Two of the boards were brand new. So neither had key on them and I have to use a new key. I have draw full of new keys. LOL
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-9800x-3.80Ghz - 8 Cores/16 Threads
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X299X Aorus Master,
    Memory
    32gb G-Skill DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX-3060 12GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG35VQ Curved Gaming Monitor 35"
    Screen Resolution
    3440 X 1440
    Hard Drives
    1-M2-NMVe SSD-512gb, 3-Pny 1TB SSD, 2-WD Raptors 1TB
    PSU
    Thermal-take PSU 850w
    Case
    Cooler Master Full tower
    Cooling
    Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L
    Keyboard
    Redragon lighted
    Mouse
    Logiteck Track Ball
    Internet Speed
    200gb
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows defender & Malwarebytes
At this point it really doesn't matter because it was the 1st time use of the key. Two of the boards were brand new. So neither had key on them and I have to use a new key. I have draw full of new keys. LOL
Where does your drawer full of new keys come from? This could explain a lot.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510 OLED
    CPU
    11th Gen i9 -11900H
    Memory
    32 GB 3200 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3050Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" OLED Infinity Edge Touch
    Screen Resolution
    16:10 Aspect Ratio (3456 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    2 Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB Type-C™)
    1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB Type-C™)
    SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps Netgear Orbi + 2 Satellites
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft PowerToys
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Microsoft Visual Studio Code
    Macrium Reflect
    Dell Support Assist
    Dell Command | Update
    LastPass Password Manager
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8 GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    900 Mbps Netgear Orbi + 2 Satellites
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Chromium) + Bing
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Security (Defender)
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 subscription (Office)
    Microsoft OneDrive 1TB Cloud
    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft OneNote
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Amazon Kindle
    Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation
    Lightroom/Photoshop subscription
I will never understand some peoples preoccupation with "Activation".
Why do YOU feels it's important?

:cool:
Because the EULA requires it and the forum rules state that we respect the EULA on this forum, unlike you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
I have issue on the activation. This problem has been on the last 3 computers I have install windows 11 on.

OK the problem: I install windows 10 and and activate it. I do a upgrade to windows 11. Both on windows 10 & 11 it tells me that windows is activated with a digital key.

Then I do a clean install and when I get back into windows. It then tells me they didn't find a windows key attach to the computer
If you are talking about what happens during installation, that dialog has a button to let you skip that step entering a product key if your hardware has previously been activated.
Then, after installation is done, you should be able to go online and just let it sit there until your Windows has contacted the MS activation servers without any action being taken by you.

Exactly what are you doing during / after activation that demonstrates that the computer cannot activate?


Denis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
If you are talking about what happens during installation, that dialog has a button to let you skip that step entering a product key if your hardware has previously been activated.
Then, after installation is done, you should be able to go online and just let it sit there until your Windows has contacted the MS activation servers without any action being taken by you.

Exactly what are you doing during / after activation that demonstrates that the computer cannot activate?


Denis
You can also force an attempt for online activation with the command:

slmgr /ato

The response will tell you a bit more about why activation failed, if it does.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
OK I'm a retired Microsoft Partner. I have been installing windows on computers for almost 20 yrs.

The point I'm making is if I have a computer that I just installed windows 10 pro. It shows it has a digital key on it. The computer is all updated with the latest updates too. I then upgrade it to windows 11 pro. Plus it is up to date too with all the latest updates. It shows that I have digital key on the computer.

I then do a clean install of windows 11 pro. When I get back into windows it is showing me that windows didn't find a key attach to the computer. I have to reinstall the Key again. Really no big deal. But why should I have to reinstall the key again. Now for the hell of it I did another clean install, but this time it show that I have a digital key attach to the computer. Plus doing this with a off line account too.

My theory is that yes if I have a online account it might of not have happen. I build a lot computers every year. So I do offline accounts. So I have everything up to date. So when the person buys it, all they have to do change the name and setup account if they want.

Here is another Glitch with windows again. Like I ran into windows 10 a few yrs ago. That Glitch was basically the same thing here.

On that one if I did a clean with 20h2 it showed a digital key. If I did a clean install with 21h1 I have to reinstall the key. If I did a clean install with 21h2 it showed a digital key. Till this day that has never been fix it is still the same.

Plus I know I can use at this time a windows 10 key to activate windows 11. But when does that stop. I could use a windows 8 key to activate windows 10, but that has stop. You can't do that any more.

The thing is there is a Glitch here and will it be fix more likely not. Sorry but more then 50% of the people that I sell computers hate Microsoft. Yes they have to use the OS, but they hate it where Microsoft tries to control everything they are doing.
What will happen if you build the PC, install 11, put in the KEY, and then link it to your online account.
Then when you go to sell it, remove it from your online account. It should always remain activated and MS will for sure have a record of the hardware ID on it's activation servers as being activated. After removed from your online account, another person can sign in and link PC to their online account if they wish.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    some kind of old ASUS MB
    CPU
    old AMD B95
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8gb
    Hard Drives
    ssd WD 500 gb
example, from my MS account online.
Click remove device, no longer linked to an online account, but still will be activated
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    some kind of old ASUS MB
    CPU
    old AMD B95
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8gb
    Hard Drives
    ssd WD 500 gb
Where does your drawer full of new keys come from? This could explain a lot.
Where there come from is I buy a seal package. So I open it and install the key. The person that buys the computer gets the sticker with the key on it. I build about 20 computers a year. Been doing this for maybe 15 yrs or longer.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-9800x-3.80Ghz - 8 Cores/16 Threads
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X299X Aorus Master,
    Memory
    32gb G-Skill DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX-3060 12GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG35VQ Curved Gaming Monitor 35"
    Screen Resolution
    3440 X 1440
    Hard Drives
    1-M2-NMVe SSD-512gb, 3-Pny 1TB SSD, 2-WD Raptors 1TB
    PSU
    Thermal-take PSU 850w
    Case
    Cooler Master Full tower
    Cooling
    Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L
    Keyboard
    Redragon lighted
    Mouse
    Logiteck Track Ball
    Internet Speed
    200gb
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows defender & Malwarebytes
Because the EULA requires it and the forum rules state that we respect the EULA on this forum, unlike you.
Where does it say I don't like the EULA. "Retired Microsoft Partner" I know how everything works and you need a License to USE the Software.

The thing is if the software is Activated with windows 10. Then Microsoft knows this RIGHT??? Now if I do another clean install with windows 10 is still Activated. If I do a update to windows 11 then Microsoft again knows that it is Activated RIGHT??? Then I do a clean install and now it isn't Activated.

But everybody here is trying to tell me it is my fault and not Microsoft. Because what your saying I really have no CLUE!!! Plus one other thing WHO ever you can make this "SOLVE" and I'll move on!!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-9800x-3.80Ghz - 8 Cores/16 Threads
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X299X Aorus Master,
    Memory
    32gb G-Skill DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI RTX-3060 12GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG35VQ Curved Gaming Monitor 35"
    Screen Resolution
    3440 X 1440
    Hard Drives
    1-M2-NMVe SSD-512gb, 3-Pny 1TB SSD, 2-WD Raptors 1TB
    PSU
    Thermal-take PSU 850w
    Case
    Cooler Master Full tower
    Cooling
    Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L
    Keyboard
    Redragon lighted
    Mouse
    Logiteck Track Ball
    Internet Speed
    200gb
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows defender & Malwarebytes
Where does it say I don't like the EULA. "Retired Microsoft Partner" I know how everything works and you need a License to USE the Software.

The thing is if the software is Activated with windows 10. Then Microsoft knows this RIGHT??? Now if I do another clean install with windows 10 is still Activated. If I do a update to windows 11 then Microsoft again knows that it is Activated RIGHT??? Then I do a clean install and now it isn't Activated.

But everybody here is trying to tell me it is my fault and not Microsoft. Because what your saying I really have no CLUE!!! Plus one other thing WHO ever you can make this "SOLVE" and I'll move on!!!
I was not replying to you. Look who I quoted in that reply, "TechnoMage2021 said:".. Also if you are a retired Microsoft Partner who is in the business of selling computers to clients then you should be using audit mode to set up the computers rather than a user account.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!

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