Activating Windows

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by StageOne, Dec 3, 2021.

  1. StageOne

    StageOne

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    So, I'm using 17.1.1 on an M1 MBA. Following the new option to have it automatically install Windows gives me the ARM version of Win 11, as expected.

    In order to activate -- I already own a retail version of Win 10 Pro. If I use that product key to activate the ARM Win 11 inside Parallels, will it activate as Win 11 Pro?
     
  2. mavetheee

    mavetheee Bit Poster

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    Yes it will work.
     
  3. GregT5

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    Really? It doesn't work for me. So I tried System->Activation->Troubleshoot and got this:
    "Edition doesn't match Windows edition on the devices listed below don't match the Windows edition installed on the device you're using right now.
    MYNAME0100
    Windows 10 Home
    Parallels Software International Inc."
    When I installed Parallels on my MacBook Pro with M1 processor, I had to use Windows Insider Program to install WIndows11. Now I'm trying to activate a license using my Windows10 key but, since I no longer have Windows10 installed, Microsoft gives me the error above. Since I can't run Windows10 on an M1 device, I don't see how I can ever upgrade my license key.
     
  4. mavethee

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    You dont need to upgrade license key. As long as its key for Pro (because ARM64 Insiders are based on that version) it will work. Microsoft made preinstalled image for their HyperV stuff so obviously Windows install will show up as unactivated in form of an activation error. As you navigated to correct place, have you considered pressing Change activation key and providing the one you have?
     
  5. GregT5

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    Yes, I tried that and get "The product key you entered didn't work..." Windows actually works fine except for the regular reminders I get that it's not licensed.
     
  6. GampaA@Parallels

    GampaA@Parallels Staff Member

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    Hello @GregT5 , please provide the screen shot of the error while entering the license key.
     
  7. GregT5

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    Here's the most recent error:
    Screen Shot 2021-12-07 at 3.31.34 PM.jpg
    This was a previous error:
    Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 4.48.16 AM.jpg
     
  8. DebasmitaM@Parallels

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  9. GregT5

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    No, this is my Windows 10 license key (except it doesn't really end in XXXXX).
     
  10. DebasmitaM@Parallels

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    Hi, kindly check with the Microsoft support once regards your Windows activation key.
     
  11. GustavoF2

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    I have a very similar issue; i just upgraded from intel MBP to M1 MBP and during parallels installation also selected the option to install windows 11; now when i try to activate windows i get this error:
    upload_2021-12-13_13-54-25.png

    oddly, the windows 11 version in M1 mac is home (lower than the pro license i have in my win 10 pvm)
    upload_2021-12-13_13-55-51.png

    i tried all options and nothing worked; any help will be welcome.
     
  12. Sayonaracn

    Sayonaracn Bit Poster

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    I have same issues , you must buy new one, if you got the answer plz tell me
     
  13. DebasmitaM@Parallels

    DebasmitaM@Parallels Staff Member

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    Hi, kindly contact with Microsoft support and check if you current activation key is eligible for activating Windows 11.
     
  14. PeterG30

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    To activate Windows, you need a digital license or a product key. If you're ready to activate, select Open Activation in Settings. Click Change product key to enter a Windows product key. If Windows was previously activated on your device, your copy of Windows 10 or Windows 11 should be activated automatically.

    Regards,
    Peter
     

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