Guide: How to use a Windows 10 retail product keyVevo Digital
Check your edition: If you have Windows 10 Pro edition installed you cannot use a Windows 10 Home key, you can only use a Windows 10 Pro key. If you have Windows 10 Home edition installed, you can use either a Windows 10 Home or Pro key.
- To check simply navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
- It will show the edition you have installed on this screen.
Update Windows: Make sure your Windows is up to date before attempting to activate, to do this follow the below steps.
- Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
- If you’re on the latest version there will be a green tick and a message saying “You’re up to date”.
- If it says there is an update available, please do this before continuing to the next step.
Backup your data: Make sure you have backed up any important data, the upgrade process usually goes very smooth, however there is always a chance something could go wrong. It is good practice to backup your data before making any major system changes.
Activate Windows 10:
- Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
- Select Change product key, and then enter the 25-character product key.
- Select Next to start the activation.
Check your Windows activation: To do this simply navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Activation. A message will say “Windows is activated” to signify your Windows activation is successful and genuine.
Troubleshooting Activation Errors:
- Please make sure that any outstanding Windows Updates have been completed.
- Restart your computer and retry activation.
Error Code (0xC004F050), (0xC004C008)
- These are the two most common errors codes seen and may happen if a previous activation is being detected on your system/hardware. To resolve you should use the toll-free automated phone activation service by clicking Activate by Phone on the Activation page. If you do not see this option here you can run it by typing into the Windows Search Bar SLUI 4 (with a space before the 4), hit enter and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Error Code (0x80072F8F)
- You might see this error if the date and/or time is incorrect for your local time zone. To verify the date and time, select Start > Settings > Time & language > Date & time.
Error Code (0xC004FC03)
- You might see this error if your computer is not connected to the internet properly. Try to reconnect to the network, run the Network Troubleshooter, turn off the Windows Firewall.
Error Code (0xC004F014), (0xC004F212)
- You might see this error when attempting to upgrade from a Home to Pro version of a Windows 10 installation. To fix the error run the Windows activation troubleshooter on the Activation page.