How can I activate Windows 10 for Arm that runs on my Mac M1 with Parallels 16?

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  1. hln98

    hln98 Bit Poster

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    Hello,
    I just installed Windows 10 Arm version Preview with the trial version of Parallels and Windows is asking me to activate. I looked every where on Google but have not seen any solutions or any meaningful answers. So here is the question, has anyone able to activate it successfully? If so please be specific of how instead of vague answers I've tired of seeing. I tried putting in my Windows 10 key but didn't work as expected. Anyone, please help.
     
  2. MichaelH63

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    You can use your existing Windows key if it is:
    a) A Pro key. A key for Windows Home won't work and you will need to buy a Pro license or don't activate Windows.
    b) A retail key. If you got an OEM key or a Volume License key they can't be transferred. If you still have access to the Intel Windows Installation you originally used the key for, you can find instructions about identifying the type of key here.
    c) To transfer the key, make sure on your Intel Windows installation that it is linked to your Microsoft account.

    If you have a Pro Retail key that is linked to your account, the activation will probably fail because the key is still activated on your old installation. You can try removing the license from your old installation. If that doesn't work, go to Settings>Update and security>Activation, run the troubleshooter and select „I recently changed hardware on this device."
     
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  3. hln98

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    Thank you for the details answer and it did help. I went to Settings>Update and security>Activation, run the troubleshooter and select „I recently changed hardware on this device." Then sign in with Microsoft, using my hotmail credentials which I used to sign in with existing vmware Fusion Windows 10 Pro already activated on another Mac, running Intel. Once logged in with Microsoft, I was given a choice to select Windows 10 running in VMware Fusion, I selected it and clicked on "Activate" button. It was a success. I hope this help someone else and thank you MichaelH63.
     
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  4. ChrisS30

    ChrisS30

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    I've recently upgraded to the M1 and Parallels 16. I'm getting the activation message as well, but under Activation I'm getting and error that "Windows reported that no product key was found on your device." Being that I can't get back to the old VM, how do I rectify this?
     
  5. CharlesE3

    CharlesE3

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    THIS REALLY WORK FOR ME ... THANKS FAM
     
  6. SamS4

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    Please clarify - Are you saying that Windows 10 ARM release is running native under VMware Fusion or Parallels?
     
  7. SamS4

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    P.S. Is this a Windows Insider version of ARM for Windows 10 or something else?
     
  8. AhmedA24

    AhmedA24 Bit Poster

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    Hello all,
    I am new to the Macbook M1/Parallels to WIN 11 Insider ARM experience and running the latest ARM release on my Parallels Desktop 17. Of course, the WIN 11 is not activated since it is an Insider version. I have seen here in the thread that if you purchase a WIN 10 Pro product key it will work on Parallels? Is that for certain? And if so how would I obtain a VHDX version of Windows 10 Pro. Seems like the Microsoft site only offers Win 11. I have tried uupdump site to find the latest ARM Windows 10, however some links are removed, and some of the other versions, I am confused on how to download it. In any case, some direction, and help would be much much appreciated!
     

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