Windows 10


#3164

Remember how back on XP/W7 you could easily set the colour for every element in the UI.
Wonder why they got rid of that.


#3165

Welp, I fucked up. Attempting to maximize laziness I moved my old boot drive to the new system… and found out I was using an upgraded volume license from college. Now Windows refuses to activate. My question – the rep I spoke to said the volume licenses were a special version of Pro and I’d have to do a full reinstall once I get a key. Is that true or can I plug in any old Win 10 Pro key and be fine?


#3166

You’ll need a valid key anyway, right? So buy one and see if it works. It’s only $22. If not, you can reinstall Win10 on top of itself, tell it to skip the key during the install, then activate once you’re up and running.


#3167

Yea, might as well. I’ve got an extra Home key so was hoping to avoid that (in part because I ended up on some other listing where the keys were twice as much).


#3168

If you have an extra key, why would you buy another one? Just plug it in and see if it works.


#3169

It’s not a key so much as “the system came with Home installed, so if I have to start from scratch I’ll just use that drive”. The plan was to throw the new, Home drive in my old system for a friend.


#3170

The windows 10 “digital entitlement” is tied to the specific computer when you upgrade it from an earlier version of windows or activate Win10 on that computer with a win 7/8/8.1 key. There is no way to transfer that specific digital license to another computer.

If you have a windows 7/8/8.1 key for your old computer, you can use that to activate windows 10 on your new computer. If you don’t have a key you’ll need to pay the $22 for your new computer.

Your old system should still be fully activated-- install Win10 and skip inputting the key during the install, boot it up with no key at all, connect to the internet, and it should show as activated.


#3171

Are the Win 10 activation servers down? I haven’t been able to verify my Win 10 install since I tried late yesterday evening.


#3172

That’s weird. There’s no cryptic error code?

Give phone activation a shot. I don’t know if it works with win 7/8/8.1 keys, but it’s worth trying.


#3173

To answer my original question: An upgraded volume license transferred to a new system can be activated with a Pro key. So the rep I spoke to was not only a jerk but also full of shit.


#3174

I called and got it working, I just had to re-enter my Windows 8 key, and magically Windows 10 activated. It makes no sense, why did my old Windows 10 key that I had been using for over a year, not work?


#3175

Maybe they disabled the “free” keys they gave out last year during the assimilation drive; but kept the “get everyone off working Win7/8 systems and into Prism”-key translation in place.

I’ve had good experiences with MS support in the past with regards to Windows activation, mind you, its been a few years (and probably a few outsourced support companies across the globe).


#3176

As far as I know, they never gave out free keys. If you were a beta tester and remained in the “insider” program, they would provide a digital license. Same deal with upgrades from earlier versions of windows, that was a digital license too. But a digital license isn’t actually a key-- it only works on that specific computer.

Lordkosc, you said you had a win10 digital license, not a key. Like I’ve been saying, that is not transferable. You had a real key for win8, and that is.


#3177

Correct, only a Win 8 key, and that is the key that Win 10 also now accepts.


#3178

Right, you just needed to activate win10 with that key.


#3179

Hmm. New build had two complete instant shutdowns yesterday. Not necessarily Windows’ fault. I wasn’t doing anything very demanding, Skyrim mods and video I think. Maybe GPU related. I did see this a few weeks ago, again with Skyrim. I’d expect app crashes rather than system restarts :/


#3181

Is there a way to get single files out of old backups?

I have old backups from when I switched SSD main drives a few months ago. But the files I had on my desktop from Windows 7 were stored in the “OldWindows” directory. And slowly over time, Windows 10 erased all the files in the “OldWindows” directory, including all my notes and excel files that I used to keep on my old Windows 7 desktop.

Is there a way to access the old Windows backup I have on another drive, and pick and choose those files and pluck them out? I don’t want to actually roll back to that backup, I just need a few files from it.


#3182

What format are the backups? Windows .vhd files? If so, you can mount them in Disk management:


#3183

This works great, but do not click the Read only check box, it won’t work if you do.


#3184

Cool. Thanks, I’ll take a look tonight when I get home. Now I’m hoping they are vhd images.