UPDATED: “Activate Windows” watermark on Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10240

If you are seeing the “Activate Windows” watermark on Build 10240, please first understand that all pre-release product keys published earlier for builds of Windows 10 Insider Preview have been deactivated and will no longer activate any Preview builds, including Build 10240.  This will not impact any devices that were activated in the past using those product keys. To check your activation status, go to Settings, choose Update & Security, and select Activation.

 

There are steps you may be able to take to solve your activation issue, depending on which edition of Insider Preview you have installed.

 

Windows 10 Insider Preview, Enterprise Edition

 

  1. You’ll need to activate with your organization’s Volume License keys (KMS or MAK) or VL keys acquired through MSDN subscription.  Please post any questions related to Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview in the TechNet Forum. 

  2. If you installed the Enterprise Edition, but are not part of an organization with a Volume License, you will not be able to activate. Please revert Windows 7 or 8.1, and upgrade to Windows after it’s released on July 29 by reserving your copy of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Insider Preview, Home or Pro Edition

 

  1. If you activated the Windows version or Insider Preview build you were on before Build 10240: please wait a few days. A very small percentage of devices may experience a delay in activation.

  2. If your device has been connected for a few days and is still showing the watermark, you probably didn’t activate your previous version before upgrading to Build 10240. Please revert Windows 7 or 8.1, and upgrade to Windows 10 after it’s released on July 29 by reserving your free copy of Windows 10.

     

Please note that Windows 10 is intended to be installed on Genuine Windows devices, whether devices in the Windows Insider Program or those taking advantage of the free upgrade offer.

 

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Last updated December 2, 2019 Views 63,660 Applies to:

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you can activate Windows 10 Build 10240 with this keys:

Windows 10 Home: TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

Windows 10 Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

Windows 10 Enterprise: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

more info here: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5705-activate-windows-10-a.html

I don't think those keys will activate any longer per the blog post a few days ago and a question posted to Gabe.

After doing a reset two days ago 10162 deactivated and now won't reactivate. Spoke with Microsoft support and did a remote session and they couldn't get it to reactivate either. Was told to wait for the next build and it would be fixed.

I'm confused about keys. I've tried them on two of my three systems. Magical Jellybean is showing them to be identical on the RTM.

Renee

Renee

The lady that I chatted with at Microsoft stated that they have had issues with some peoples keys not activating or deactivating after the update. She informed me after some troubleshooting to wait until the next client release and the issue should be corrected.

Thank you so very much!

Renee

Just used the pro Key got my pro activated again after a clean Install
if its not broke don't fix it

I have 10240 pro on one of my  computers and it no longer shows it as a build is this normal?

is this the final one ?

Yes.  They removed the watermark with 10240.  You can still verify by typing "Winver" into Cortana/Search.

Its normal Yes If this is the Final build Some Say Yes some Say No

we ll have to wait and see

but the final build wont be any different than this one less bugs of course

if its not broke don't fix it

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