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Karen, is it necessary to run it with elevated credentials? Open the CMD prompt as admin?
Yes Mark. That was in my instructions and according to their screenshot that's what they did as well. :)
 
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Once you run out of options, take proper backups and try to update the system to as latest as possible. It is easier to get a Live USB based on the latest version of Windows 10 and fix the OS during startup. If the OS is not genuine it will be wise to clean the system before you restore it with original files.
 

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Please post a screenshot of the results from running the powershell command that Goddess-Bastet suggested in post no. 30.

I'm fairly certain the current key is a volume KMS channel.
 

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Right click on start & choose powershell with admin & enter: slmgr.vbs /dlv it’ll tell you whether the license is OEM, Retail or Volume.
It says "VOLUME_KMSCLIENT", what is that/does that mean? Thank you
I don't understand why you can't get it to work unfortunately. It was to verify if the operating system is running a valid license which could be a factor with the license expiring.
I found out that i have windows 10 pro N volume, and km trying to get windows 10 home with the watermark but im unable to for some reason. I want to change it before the windows expires.
 

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Unfortunately if it says you have a volume license then it’s been blocked by Microsoft as these are for corporate use & not home users.
You will not be able to activate with that key again.
Did the PC come with Windows 10 Pro installed or was this added after the PC visited a repair shop?

Run this cmd within powershell with admin powershell “(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey”
Or wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey if using cmd prompt.
Or: Check this program to reveal if there’s a key embedded in the BIOS:
https://neosmart.net/OemKey/
Or: Download and run this: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/showkeyplus/9pkvzcprx9nv to find all keys used on the PC.
If it doesn’t show any key then don’t worry as this is normal if the PC came with Windows 10.
If it shows a key then please let me know - do not post the key.
 

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Unfortunately if it says you have a volume license then it’s been blocked by Microsoft as these are for corporate use & not home users.
You will not be able to activate with that key again.
Did the PC come with Windows 10 Pro installed or was this added after the PC visited a repair shop?

Run this cmd within powershell with admin powershell “(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey”
Or wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey if using cmd prompt.
Or: Check this program to reveal if there’s a key embedded in the BIOS:
https://neosmart.net/OemKey/
Or: Download and run this: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/showkeyplus/9pkvzcprx9nv to find all keys used on the PC.
If it doesn’t show any key then don’t worry as this is normal if the PC came with Windows 10.
If it shows a key then please let me know - do not post the key.
The pc came with the windows 10 pro N also i see the "installed key". But it says at the bottom "default key- requires a digital license for activation
 

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Did you purchase from a store or from a third party? Was the PC purchased new?
If it’s been Pro from purchase then chances are there’s no Home key registered on your Microsoft account, if so then you’d have to purchase a new Home or Pro key to recover a genuine license.
If one of the cmds show a key then we can try something:
1. Open an elevated command prompt
Type slmgr /ipk <ProductKey> (Replace <ProductKey> with one of these below)
- The key you found when running oemkey program.
-YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7 – Use if you had Home. Even if you upgraded to Pro through Windows Store
-VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T – Use if you had Pro. Purchased as Pro not upgraded from Home
-BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT – Use only if you have a Single Language edition

Reboot the PC. (Critical step. This will cause an activation event at next startup and will do many ‘background’ tasks necessary for successful activation)

Once in the OEM/Retail ‘channel’ activation will complete successfully using 1 of these methods

1. Automatic - No user interaction required. If the hardware has not changed and they had Windows 10 successfully installed and activated on this hardware, the Digital Entitlement will be found and brought back down to the PC.
2. Activation Troubleshooter – Automatic after customer presses button.
3. Manually changing to a OEM/Retail product key using Settings > Update & security > Activation > Change Product Key.
This is not the VLK you obtained from Amazon, eBay, Kinguin, etc.
This will require a OEM/Retail key. Comes from the OEM within the BIOS, from the packaging you bought in a Retail Store, or from the email you received from Microsoft Store.
 

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Did you purchase from a store or from a third party? Was the PC purchased new?
If it’s been Pro from purchase then chances are there’s no Home key registered on your Microsoft account, if so then you’d have to purchase a new Home or Pro key to recover a genuine license.
If one of the cmds show a key then we can try something:
1. Open an elevated command prompt
Type slmgr /ipk <ProductKey> (Replace <ProductKey> with one of these below)
- The key you found when running oemkey program.
-YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7 – Use if you had Home. Even if you upgraded to Pro through Windows Store
-VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T – Use if you had Pro. Purchased as Pro not upgraded from Home
-BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT – Use only if you have a Single Language edition

Reboot the PC. (Critical step. This will cause an activation event at next startup and will do many ‘background’ tasks necessary for successful activation)

Once in the OEM/Retail ‘channel’ activation will complete successfully using 1 of these methods

1. Automatic - No user interaction required. If the hardware has not changed and they had Windows 10 successfully installed and activated on this hardware, the Digital Entitlement will be found and brought back down to the PC.
2. Activation Troubleshooter – Automatic after customer presses button.
3. Manually changing to a OEM/Retail product key using Settings > Update & security > Activation > Change Product Key.
This is not the VLK you obtained from Amazon, eBay, Kinguin, etc.
This will require a OEM/Retail key. Comes from the OEM within the BIOS, from the packaging you bought in a Retail Store, or from the email you received from Microsoft Store.
The pc was pre owned, i bought it second hand and Im not sure if it had home or pro before.
 
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The previous owner may have installed Windows Pro with a volume license.
Chances are if it doesn’t have a key on the bottom or side of the PC then it’ll either be Windows 8 or 10 & most likely Home.
What’s the make & model of the PC?
 

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The previous owner may have installed Windows Pro with a volume license.
Chances are if it doesn’t have a key on the bottom or side of the PC then it’ll either be Windows 8 or 10 & most likely Home.
What’s the make & model of the PC?
It is a windows 10 pro n Volume, and it will expire next month. The guy had no idea about anything and blocked me after i asked if he had the license key. Also no stickers, also the computer was pre build as he said so, not sure what make it is. I can tell you the spects if you need though?
 

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The make would be marked on the case somewhere. Can you not look and report back? I suspect it's a custom build if there's nothing written on the case..

The license is expiring because it's not valid for personal use. A KMS volume license has to periodically connect to the Microsoft servers to remain activated. Eventually they catch on and it can no longer connect.

It looks like you're going to have to buy a a retail license if you want to continue running Windows 10. The keys Goddess-Bastet provided are generic keys for installing Windows only and will not activate if there was no valid Windows installation initially in the computer.
 
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The make would be marked on the case somewhere. Can you not look and report back? I suspect it's a custom build if there's nothing written on the case..

The license is expiring because it's not valid for person use. A KMS volume license has to periodically connect to the Microsoft servers to remain activated. Eventually they catch on and it can no longer connect.

It looks like you're going to have to buy a a retail license if you want to continue running Windows 10. The keys Goddess-Bastet provided are generic keys for installing Windows only and will not activate if there was no valid Windows installation initially in the computer.
would this work? The watermark version
 

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The best thing for you to do is buy a new Windows 10 OS with key and your problem will be solved. Seems you bought a computer with just the OS built in it but not activated by the previous owner. He might have purchased the volume license or might be pirated since he did not provide an activation key to you.
 
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Most likely why the seller is blocking you, he knows the license isn’t genuine.
Your only option is to purchase a new license:
This is genuine software which is discounted:
https://store.computeractive.co.uk/?act=search&cat=68
If you add Home to your basket it did offer an upgrade to Pro for £5 more - £34.99 instead of £39.99 - you receive a genuine licence key & then you can use the media creation tool to clean install Windows or if you purchase Pro just use the key to activate Windows.
 

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Most likely why the seller is blocking you, he knows the license isn’t genuine.
Your only option is to purchase a new license:
This is genuine software which is discounted:
https://store.computeractive.co.uk/?act=search&cat=68
If you add Home to your basket it did offer an upgrade to Pro for £5 more - £34.99 instead of £39.99 - you receive a genuine licence key & then you can use the media creation tool to clean install Windows or if you purchase Pro just use the key to activate Windows.
Would this definitely work? As i read that a windows 10 pro key will not work on windows 10 pro N. Screenshot_20200711-235150_Chrome.jpg
 
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