W10 activation issue

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wiped My HD and tried to load W7 ultimate, but the built-in modem will not load. I then loaded w10 and tried to use My W7 activation to activate W10, and was refused. W10 works, but get the activation reminder on the desktop.
Any thoughts on working this issue?
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Eagle wrote:

Tried phone MS and activate? Followed the message. It always did the trick for me.
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Tony Hwang submitted this idea :

I haven't tried that yet, but it seems that is the only solution at this point. Thanks Tony. :D
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On 12/22/2015 06:07 AM, Eagle wrote:

Friends don't let friends use W10...
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In typed:

If you have a valid W7 software and license key, I the trick is to first just put the W7 on. Then do all of the automatic security updates and within a week or so, you will get a notice that says you can upgrade to W10.
When you get that W10 upgrade notice, do the W10 upgrade from there. Do not go online and download a W10 software or upgrade directly since your W7 license key won't work for that. The built-in valid W7 license key will only work for the W10 upgrade notice that you get from Microsoft after you have had W7 installed for a while (a week or so).
With your W7 installed, the problem with the modem is probably a driver problem. I found a free driver updater software online that checks for the correct drivers, but the free version only lets you update up to two drivers per day. I can't remember the name of the free program right now.
Or, if you know the modem make and model you can probably go to a support website and download the correct driver.
If you post a reply back here in response to the above, I'll give you the info for a very good newsgroup for computer questions like the ones you have. It is a news.annexcafe.com newsgroup called annexcafe.general.user2user .
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TomR formulated the question :

Only problem with your solution is that the internal modem won't load, so it's impossible to do all you wrote Tom. :/
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On 12/22/2015 7:32 AM, Eagle wrote:

What do you mean by "modem"??? Most things referred to as internal modems would be a dialup modem from last decade. Your computer probably won't live live long enough to download windows 10 then the additional stuff it wants at the first update...or the second...or the third.... You'll certainly be old and grey...
If it's an internal LAN interface and you have high-speed internet, you need a driver. Download (on another computer) and install that and you'll be good to go. The option I use is to buy/beg/borrow/steal a USB or WIFI lan interface that comes with a driver. Install that and connect to the web via that interface. Get win10 running, then go in search for the driver for the onboard "modem". Mine was not easy to find, but it was out there.
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mike has brought this to us :

I tried that and it didn't work. I've been using W10 for well over two months now and the activate bug is still on My desktop. I am going to MS and get a key by phone. Thanks anyway Mike.
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On 12/22/2015 09:20 AM, Eagle wrote:

Can you connect with the W10? There should be a place in the dialog to switch activation keys that has a link to the MS website to purchase one.
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On 12/22/2015 11:28 PM, rbowman wrote:

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I have a laptop with a WiMax interface in it. That might be called a modem.
WiMax was never available where I am, so I never got to use that interface. Now they use LTE (I know both Verizon and Sprint have it here).
BTW, when I had POTS dial-up, the ISP had a rule about disconnecting a user after 4 hours regardless of activity. I could never connect long enough to download a DVD ISO. IIRC some ISPs allowed 12 hours, but that's still a lot less than the more than 185 hours (more than a week) you'd need.
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In typed:

I was assuming that since you are able to post here, you have access to the Internet.
For the computer in question, does it only have a modem to access the Internet, or does it also have a NIC card and/or WiFi capability?
I don't think you can activate any Windows program without Internet access since I think that Microsoft has to be able to "see" your computer to do the activation so it can recognize the motherboard and other components as part of the activation.
Maybe you could use whatever computer you are using to access the Internet to post here and try to find the right driver for your modem and then copy it via USB thumb drive to the problem computer.
Or, take the problem computer to a place that can access the Internet via NIC card or WiFi or whatever. Or, beg, borrow, or steal a NIC card from another computer or another person and put it in the problem computer.
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TomR laid this down on his screen :

Wireless wi-fi.

That was the problem with W7, the wi-fi ability wasn't loaded when I installed My copy of W7 ultimate so no internet.

I have 5 other outdated computers here including one I use as data storage using scci drives.
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Eagle wrote:

It doesn't matter how outdated the comp is , you can still use it to DL the win7 driver you need and load it on a thumb drive . P4 and WIN2K/SP4 will do that ...
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After serious thinking Terry Coombs wrote :

And your point is?
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Eagle wrote:

That getting the proper W7 wireless LAN driver for that comp and installing it was not a problem .
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Terry Coombs submitted this idea :

It's all moot now since I have a registered copy of W10 now, and everything works, including the wireless wi-fi. I still have a HD with W7U so it will go into the tower with the new mobo and processor ASAP.
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Eagle wrote:

Unless , like me , you have another computer that you can use to download the correct driver and load it onto a USB stick . DUH .
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Terry Coombs brought next idea :

DUH? I have the driver on one of My 8 gig USB sticks, and it didn't do any good DUH.
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Eagle wrote:

Duh, you have to point where your driver files are(your USB stick) make sure none are zipped or compressed form. Sounds like you are not really upto it. Just download mediacreationtool(64 bit or 32 bit version) depending your upgrade candidate. Run this utility, follow up step by step. If you are unable to do this, you need babysitting help holding your hands..
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