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Topic   Changing the name of a computer affects Windows 10 activation?

Tony
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* 28-Sep(#1)
I've had no formal training, but I handle as much of the church office IT as I can to try to save them some money.

A couple of years ago I upgraded all of the office computers to Win7, and after most of the dust had settled I upgraded them all to Win10. They have all been working fine for at least a year.

A few months ago the church hired a new staff person, so I changed the name of one of the computers from "User-PC" to the Function this person would be handling. It is a Compaq that came with Vista installed.

I now get text in the lower left hand corner of that system saying I need to Activate Windows 10 Pro. Before I changed the computer name, I used Keyfinder to get the Win10 Pro key, but it isn't accepted when I enter it.

At least two of the Win7 updates were done with a multiple use code as according to Keyfinder one of the other office systems has the same Win10 Pro code.

RagingShadow07
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Has Written 17 Reviews
29-Sep(#2)
Changing the name shouldn't mess up the key. I've done it multiple times.

Windows 7 keys upgrade to Windows 10 Keys using Digital Entitlement. It stores the old key virtually and associates the hardware (motherboard) to that key. It must think you changed boards for some reason.

Give Microsoft's chat support a try. In my experience (I've had to do it three or four times) they're usually very helpful, especially if you have the key from 7.
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Tony
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29-Sep(#3)
I know there are reported problems with changing hardware after upgrading to the free Win10. Before I read about those, I found out the hard way when I moved a hard drive with the Win10 upgrade to another system.

I didn't change any of the hardware on this system though. I changed the name, rebooted, and the "reactivate" text appeared. I was using a different monitor and other peripherals, but that doesn't constitute a "hardware" change.

I know I'll have to call Microsoft about it, but I didn't keep good records on which Win7 keys I used more than once for the upgrades.

I knew one was a "multiuse" key, but I kept using it figuring it would eventually be rejected as overused. I called Microsoft over a problem I had with a system that had been donated. Their representative told me the key used to activate Windows on that system was one that had been "abused".
RagingShadow07
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29-Sep(#4)
They're very quick to call out "abused" or "non-legit" keys (even if the key was purchased legit but from a non-certified source). They might be able to pull the old key using Command Prompt commands (they use slui to reactivate). I'm nto surprised the key you grabbed from KeyFinder didn't work though, since it changes to a digital key once you go from 7 to 10.

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Topic   Changing the name of a computer affects Windows 10 activation?