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Wait... they actually set a limit to the amount of times it can be activated? Does this mean that I will have reached my limit after like 2 more reformats?
I'm using an OEM version, so is Sean's problem with the regular version?

You can activate Windows 10 times with a product key before you cannot do it anymore. Once you've reached that cap, you have to call Microsoft and they will reset it for you.

They didn't reset it for me...I've done the automated thing though. I've called 7 times and always did the automated. Should I talk to someone next time? lol.

And the stupid phone thing sucks anyways tongue.gif
post #12 of 17
You can also get that message if you change either your motherboard or CPU. I did that and didn't get the automated system and had to talk to an actual person. They consider a new CPU as being the same as a new computer and want you to pay a new license fee. I just told them a power surge fried it and they were ok with giving me an activation number.
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You can activate Windows 10 times with a product key before you cannot do it anymore. Once you've reached that cap, you have to call Microsoft and they will reset it for you.

Well that's ridiculous! I format like every month! How long can an unactivated version on Windows last before they force you to activate? If its 30 days, I'll probably have reformatted already before it tells me to tongue.gif
    
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You can activate Windows 10 times with a product key before you cannot do it anymore. Once you've reached that cap, you have to call Microsoft and they will reset it for you.

Well that's ridiculous! I format like every month! How long can an unactivated version on Windows last before they force you to activate? If its 30 days, I'll probably have reformatted already before it tells me to tongue.gif

Just make a system image after your do the install and activation. Then every time you can just reboot to that image and not need to activate.
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Just make a system image after your do the install and activation. Then every time you can just reboot to that image and not need to activate.

Oh.... system image.... I remember doing those with my preloaded Windows Vista, but when I got an OEM DVD, it slipped my mind. Thanks!
    
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After first time I had to call phone activation I created an image of install after I got OS set with updates and drivers... so I only have to restore from backup and not have to worry about it again biggrin.gif
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I would recommend not activating if you do reimage that frequently (monthly).

If you get warned about activating, then you can simply run (as administrator) slmgr.vbs -rearm from a command prompt, up to 3 times.
 
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