Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Genuine Windows 10 Activation

Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft is using what they call "Digital Entitlement" to Activate copies of the Windows 10 Operating System; the easiest way to do this is just to Upgrade for Free from an Genuine Activated  copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1; You have until July 29th, 2016, to take advantage of the Free Upgrade. If you prefer a nicer Clean Install of Windows 10 instead of Upgrading that too is now also possible as of the most recent Windows 10 build this November or December. All you have to do is use your Genuine Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Product Key; when Prompted by the Installer. That Key acts like your new Windows 10 Key. Important thing to remember about Windows 10 Activation is that you don't need to keep track of the Product Key; because after Installation, Microsoft registers information about your Computer's Hardware and BIOS. Thus, it will automatically Activate upon the first PC boot to the Desktop. (If you are connected to the Internet) This also means that for instance if Upgraded from Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate your PC will be registered on Microsoft's Servers with an Windows 10 Pro License Key. (There's no Windows 10 Ultimate) So, you'll have to do a Clean Install of Windows 10 Pro, to remain Genuine.

Current Windows 10 build (cited: Wikipedia): Version 1511 (OS Build 10.0.10586.36) (December 17, 2015; 24 days ago)

Microsoft Links:
Microsoft: Windows 10 Activation
Microsoft: Windows 10 Download

Wikipedia References:
Wikipedia: Microsoft Product Activation
Wikipedia: Windows 10

Other Misc. Downloads:
Download: Panda Secuity - Free Antivirus 2016
Download: 7-zip 15.12 for Windows
Download: VLC media player
Download: ImgBurn - The Ultimate Image Burner
Download: Adobe Creative Suite 2 & Acrobat 7 (Freeware; Requires a Free Adobe ID to access the Downloads page)
Download: Google Chromium Web Browser [Open-Source Build of Chrome] (you may need to make an Exception for "chrome.exe" with your Anti-Virus program)
Download: Opera-Stable Web Browser [Based on the Chromium Code] (Cross-Platform; V8 Javascript engine)
Download: Gparted Partition Editor Live CD (Modify Hard Drive partitions before installing Windows 10)

Legal Notice: I don't condone Software Piracy; but if you need an Genuine copy of Windows 7. Try researching "Windows Activated r2" on Google.

Outdated Retro Software that will Run on Windows 10:
(That I personally Tested)
Microsoft Office 2003 Pro (SP3)
Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9.0.2) [Now Freeware!]

Great Light-weight Bittorrent Clients:
Note: Software Not Intended for Software Piracy!
Download: Transmission-Qt 2.84 for Windows

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