Fix Windows 10 Product Key Not Accepting

[SOLVED] Windows 10 Not Accepting OEM Key

May 8, 2018 06:30 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows 10 Password Tips
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“I am getting this error: ‘The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed’ when I tried to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. What does this mean?”

“My Windows 10 is showing error about the OEM key. What shall I do to get over this issue? Please help!!”

Product activation problems are very common when it comes to Windows users. If you are getting this error “the product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer” while installing or upgrading your Windows OS, then you are just at the right place. We are here to shed some light on this issue and also share some possible solutions so that you can use your Windows OS normally like before.

So, Why does this Happen?

Many computers or laptops come with a pre-built OEM operating system from the factory. This OS is not replaceable by any other versions and is exclusive to that device. In case, when you want to upgrade or replace the software, you won’t be able to do it. Even if you use the key provided to you, you will eventually get this error every time you try!

Solution 1: Use the Recovery CD

If you have the recovery CD of your OS that came with the computer, just use it to install the system again and then use the key to activate it. Without the recovery CD, you won’t be able to do anything. In case you don’t have the CD, follow the next step.

Solution 2: Contact the Manufacturer

If you don’t have the recovery CD containing your computer’s pre-built OS, it is time that you contact the manufacturer and ask them for a replacement disc. This usually comes at a cost!

Solution 3: Buy Original Windows OS

If the manufacturer can’t help you with a replacement disc, it is recommended that you buy an original Windows OS system.

Solution 4: Try Upgrading Your System and Clean Install on Windows 10

Many of you want to upgrade your system to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8. In case, you get an error like “Windows 10 not accepting OEM key after upgrading” or the OS acting weird, it is probably due to the fact that you must have opted for a clean install of Windows 10 without upgrading the already installed OS. As per Microsoft policy, users must update their existing installed system and then go for the clean install of Windows 10. This is because, the Windows 10 program, is offered basically free of cost but only as an upgrade and not as a pure clean install. Here’s how you can do it:

  • First, install your Windows 7 or 8 again and activate it (in case you haven’t)
  • Now, run a media creation tool using administrative access.
  • Now simply select “Upgrade this PC now”.
  • upgrade this pc now
  • You will have to select the appropriate version for the upgrade. This step is very important.
  • If you are currently using Windows 7 Starter/Home/Home Premium or Windows 8/8.1/8.1 Bing, then you need to select “Windows 10 Home“
  • If you are currently using Windows 7 Professional/ Ultimate, or Windows 8 Pro/8.1 Pro or Windows 8/8.1 Professional with Media Center, just go for “Windows 10 Pro” for the upgrade.
  • select windows 10 version
  • Now, simply follow the onscreen prompts and keep previous installation and settings. Keep in mind; don’t select “Clean Install”.
  • select installation version
  • The media creation will download the upgrade now and you will have your Windows 10 activated automatically after the installation process and you won’t need activation key as well.

Now, that you have upgraded your system, you can opt for a “Clean Install” and you won’t have any problems whatsoever.

So, here are the most effective solutions in case you are experiencing “Product key cannot be used on this machine” or Windows 10 activation key not working or related errors. Go through the solutions and choose the one that suits your exact needs. The last solution is for them who are doing it wrong. If you follow the steps, you will have your problem solved in no time!

In case, you have lost or forgotten your Windows Product Key and you are completely locked out, it is recommended that you use SmartKey Product Key Recovery software. It is specially designed tool that will allow you to get access to programs like Windows OS 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP and Vista, Microsoft Office, SQL, Visual Studio etc by retrieving the product key with ease. And all this without reformatting or reinstallation! It is extremely easy to use and very effective as well.

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