For example, the first command below applies to the current computer, while the second one will be run on a remote computer. However, to use this method, every target computer must have PowerShell installed and PowerShell remoting enabled and accessible. It does sound like some sort of security issue that is preventing it from running against the remote systems. Method 1 of 5 Use Settings app to change Windows 10 product key Step 1:. You don't need any third party tools or complex Registry tweaks.
I pinged Boe on Twitter; not sure what time zone he's in but give him a day or so to check this out. I'd also suggest contacting Boe directly, since you're basing this on his script. That makes it seem like a security context thing. Otherwise, if any error text appears, further investigation is in order. Just follow these steps: Launch the Start Menu and type in command prompt or cmd so that it shows up on your start menu search list. Of course replace the xyzyx-xyzyx with your own real key. Sorry for the confusion , I hope I have extended the question enough as to explain the situation clearer.
Step 3: When you see Enter a product key screen, type in your new Windows 10 product key and then press Enter key on your keyboard. Occasionally, you may have to change the product key. To do so on Windows 8 or 10, either right-click the Start button or press Windows+X. Yes, it is a mixed bag of operating systems. Do you need to change your product key so you can activate Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10? The subject matter, according to your title, is using PowerShell to change a product key. I was able to reproduce this issue by stopping the Remote Registry service on a remote system, which then gave the same error you are seeing. Anyways there are six more months to go for windows 7 beta 1 to expiry which is enough to enjoy windows 7.
I was hoping to avoid digging into slmgr. Best Regards, Jason Dear Jason, Thank you for your post, No comments have been deleted please see above, comments are to be approved before they are posted on this site. Luc, Thanks for the insight. Click Yes button when you see User Account Control screen. Net framework, something native to powershell. One method is to use the slmgr.
So it seems that only re instal and manually updating windows - is the way for now. In this article, we will see how to deactivate Windows 10 by uninstalling the product key. You might also like to read our how to. You can use the gui interface, and just see the product keys on your own computer: It also has an unbelievable number of options for pulling information from other computers or even drives where windows is installed: In addition to the gui interface, you can call the application from the command line: ProduKey. If you're trying to upgrade the operating system by purchasing a new license from the Windows Store, everything regarding the product key will be handled automatically for you. Please keep in mind that if you reach the online activation limit, e.
What do those commands do? Thanks to Mike Niehaus for pointing in the right direction. Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, execute the following command: slmgr. You can not use Windows 10 home edition product key to activate Windows 10 pro version. I checked it out, and it is a great way to grab serial numbers of Microsoft products. If you have to do this many times it makes sense to script this, so the batch file below achieves all the steps above in one go: ::Remove all installed keys slmgr. View Activation, License, and Expiration Date Information To display very basic license and activation information about the current system, run the following command. This changes the product key but does not apply it.
Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search. Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator by right-clicking on the Start button and then clicking Command Prompt Admin option. Are the systems with the issues connecting running the same operating system or a mixed bag? Enter your 25 character product key and click on next which will perform a brief check with Microsoft activation server to verify and activate your Windows 10 license. Almost as if the dialog was appearing behind my window but there was no indication of it or any way to switch to it. Wait a second for windows activation details to get populated. Added in the hyphens and it worked. If not, common ways include grabbing computer names from text files with Get-Content using the Path parameter when one computer exists on each line in a text file.
For example installing the Hyper-V feature, I had to use Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature and Get-WindowsOptionalFeature. If we purchased our machines with Windows 10 Pro, then we just need to perform a single step to upgrade the version type from Pro to Enterprise. Click on Change Product key link after your Windows 7 activation details are populated. This command tells you the edition of Windows, part of the product key so you can identify it, and whether the system is activated. This no longer seems to work on Windows 10, which is anyway.
Scroll all the way down to the botton and you will see your product key. One of the things I was going to have you do is to try running the function from the machine that you were having issues connecting to remotely. Since you can now install Windows without a product key, a lot of people are figuring out how to get a valid product key input into Windows to prevent those counterfeit messages from popping up all the time. By using PowerShell, after defining the process for a single computer, expanding it to many others is a trivial task. That's all there is to change a product key on one, ten or a hundred machines! Since this script does not have the inherent capability to run on a remote computer, we'll use PowerShell remoting. You do get the liberty of upgrading editions simply by purchasing product key and changing it with your existing.