The official version of Windows 10 system will launch a total of seven different versions: Home, Mobile Edition, Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition, Education Edition, Mobile Enterprise Edition, IOT core version. Beside the many editions available, there is too licensing channels. On this post, still under construction, are listed some explanations about licensing channels, licence numbers for Retail channels, and an alternative KMS activation procedure to activate both Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. Any question leave a comment below. Also, feedback about licence keys you used.
Know more about licensing channels
When it comes to purchasing licences there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. These are FPP (Full Packaged Product), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and Volume Licensing. So what are the key differences between the channels, and what impact do they have on your licensing rights?
Full Packaged Product
FPP licences are purchased from retail and provide a quick and convenient way for customers requiring less than five licences to purchase their software. Those licences can be upgrade or full licences. On FPP licences, we can differentiate two “sub” channels.
- Retail It includes a copy of the software that includes all the features the product is supposed to have.
- Evaluation Software typically is only available as a download. Evaluation software contains a mechanism that counts down to an expiration date after you install the software
OEM software is software that comes pre-installed when you purchase a new computer. So for instance when you purchase a new PC it might come with an OEM licensed copy of Windows 8.1 Pro pre-installed on it. One of the key benefits of this is that you then know that the software has been installed correctly and is working properly and if there are any issues it is the responsibility of the computer manufacturer or installer to provide support rather than Microsoft.
There are a number of volume licensing agreements you can purchase through and these agreements have been tailored to suit the differing requirements of all sizes and types of organisation. There are agreements aimed at the small to medium sized business in the form of Open and Open Value, and agreements aimed at medium to large organisations in the form of the Select Plus and Enterprise Agreements.
Sources [TechNet UK Blog | Microsoft Support]
Retail and Evaluation keys
Below is a list of keys for all Retail/EVAL Windows 10 Editions.
To apply those licences, run the Command Prompt as admin and enter the following script. In addition, I recommend you to restart your Windows after all.
N Eval: MNXKQ-WY2CT-JWBJ2-T68TQ-YBH2V
S Eval: 7TNX7-H36JG-QFF42-K4JYV-YY482
S N Eval: D3M8K-4YN49-89KYG-4F3DR-TVJW3
*Eval is Evaluation licence
Core N: 4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW
Core Single Language: BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT
Core Country Specific: N2434-X9D7W-8PF6X-8DV9T-8TYMD
Professional N: 2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT**All N editions don’t include media-related technologies like Windows Media Player or Camera. Know more
Activate Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise with KMS
Not working anymore (?)
To activate this Windows 10 editions, run the command line as admin. You can do it by holding Windows key + X, and click hover Command Prompt (Admin)
Enter the following script
slmgr /ipk W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
slmgr /ipk NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Information about Windows licensing status
Uninstalling a licence number
It might be useful for you to know how to uninstall a key, specially if it stops working as it should and you want to try another activation process. First of all, we need the Activation ID. Open the command prompt as admin as run the following script
Manually take note of Activation ID might be painful for lazy people 😛
Here it is a possible workaround. In fact, you can extract the Script output to a text file. Running the command prompt as admin an entering the following sequence does the job.
cscript C:WindowsSystem32slmgr.vbs /dlv > C:[file name]
Here it is an example
Now browsing to C: you will find the test.txt file, open it and you will have the full script. You can now copy the Activation ID
To uninstall the prodcut key, run the next command