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why windows 10 don't ask for product keys?

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[OP]
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Sep 20, 2015
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Burnaby, BC

why windows 10 don't ask for product keys?

I just bought from ebay a windows 10 product key.

after I installed it, windows didn't ask for any keys, and still working.

how long it will last? thanks

the computer I am upgrading is hp desktop with windows vista sticker.
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Newbie
Apr 11, 2010
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Ontario
If you upgrade to Windows 10 from Vista or 7/8, it is free. I believe it's supposed to be only up to some time last year (forgot the exact date). But, I read a few weeks ago that it somehow has been extended to don't know when.
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Feb 24, 2003
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Did you do a fresh install? If not, it may have automatically activated using the existing vista key. Check the activation status under system. Once activated, it should remain activated.
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Aug 25, 2010
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Control panel > System and Security > System, check if Windows is activated (bottom of page).

That said:

"You Don’t Need a Product Key to Install and Use Windows 10"

http://www.howtogeek.com/244678/you-don ... indows-10/


Or maybe it just used your Vista key.

P.S. Don't know how old that article is and if it's still completely relevant.
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Aug 2, 2004
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East Gwillimbury
Once you install Windows 10 and activate it with a key, any subsequent installs on the same hardware will activate automatically without using the key

The hardware has "digital entitlement" and a key will never be required.

In other words, you are good for the life of the hardware.
[OP]
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Sep 20, 2015
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Burnaby, BC
I have just activated 10+ hp computers using the same key! amazing!
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Mar 21, 2002
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From what I recall Vista was not included in the free Win 10 upgrade program. You could only upgrade from Win 7/8.
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Jan 13, 2014
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bcroger wrote: I have just activated 10+ hp computers using the same key! amazing!
Sounds like you bought a Volume License Key or just a pirated version (or at least that's how previous versions of Windows called it). It works, but isn't really legit.
[OP]
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Sep 20, 2015
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Burnaby, BC
windows 10 suck anyway, microsoft should pay me to watch those annoying advertisements.
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Oct 26, 2003
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Gee wrote: Once you install Windows 10 and activate it with a key, any subsequent installs on the same hardware will activate automatically without using the key

The hardware has "digital entitlement" and a key will never be required.

In other words, you are good for the life of the hardware.
this is why buying cutting edge make sense, lasts longer
WTB amazon gc @90%
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Gee wrote: Unfortunately, it is only cutting edge for a few months.
yes but still fast, back in the day i had to upgrade every year to keep it usable
WTB amazon gc @90%
[OP]
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Sep 20, 2015
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Burnaby, BC
no longer working for multiple computers, today I use the same external hard drive to activate other computers,
all failed.
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Mar 23, 2004
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bcroger wrote: windows 10 suck anyway, microsoft should pay me to watch those annoying advertisements.
So in other words this thread is just pointless. Have fun going back to Vista (a fine OS but well outdated in 2017).

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