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Old 07-26-2018, 06:16 PM   #21
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Just bought a PNY 500GB SSD.

Will install it today.

Then I'll put Windows 10 home on it.

Maybe next paycheck I'll have enough to buy the license.

After that it's buying the RAM, processor and video card.

Then I'll need a 32" HDTV.

I'm debating on using the nearly 12 year old SONY LCD monitor I have or buying a smaller HDTV for the third monitor.

I'm thinking thinking either slowing the stock case fans down or buying new case fans that blow more and are quieter then slowing them down some.
This is how I got my legit Win10.

Windows 10 Pro Retail (key only) - $20.99

Windows 10 Home Retail (key only) - $15.99

Use this to download the correct ISO directly from Microsoft
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:51 PM   #22
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Tried that, but said the code I bought was used on another device.

How do I fix?
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:54 PM   #23
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If you used it in another device, you can fix it by going back in time and not using it.

If you made significant hardware changes (like motherboard or hard drive) Windows considers it's another computer and thus you have to buy a new key, or maybe contact MS and see what they have to say about it.

If you didn't use it, you should contact MS to receive help or google the error code.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:56 PM   #24
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I didn't use the key that I know of.

I did buy it on another computer if that has anything to do with it.

Bought from that linked site.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:58 PM   #25
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If you never used the key, then there is a chance you got scammed.

Try contacting MS.

---------- Post added at 12:58 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:57 AM ----------

Also, are you sure the key matches the installed version of Windows?
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:58 PM   #26
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I'll contact the site first see if they made a mistake.

Don't know if it does.

Is it something I have to check on the computer I'm putting 10 on?

As in should I have made the purchase on that computer?



Also I ran Crucial's memory scanner tool and it couldn't find compatible memory for that computer so I'll have to look it up manually.

Also I've tried searching the RAM and saw nothing by the major brands I know. My preference is to use a brand name such as Crucial, Micron, PNY and other well known RAM manufacturers.
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:49 PM   #27
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I'm lost... Do you have the Windows 10 you want to activate already installed in a working computer?

About the other stuff; let's say you installed Windows 10 Pro, you need to buy a license for Windows 10 Pro, not Home. If you don't do that it won't work.

If you can't activate Windows, try to see if you get an error code and find out what it means.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:05 PM   #28
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I have Windows 10 home installed already.

The support from the website i bought the key from wants me to take a few screenshots of me entering the code and any error messages so they can see if they gave me a bad code.

Also want me to try activation over the phone.

Now could it be possible that the key was from a defunct laptop or PC running Windows 10 or maybe some other thing where I would need to do it over the phone?
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:25 PM   #29
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Just contact MS. There is no way we are gonna guess what the problem is without at least an error code.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:27 PM   #30
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The error is that the key has been used on another computer.

Error code 0xC004C088


You might see this error if the product key has already been used on another PC, or it's being used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow. To fix the problem, buy a product key for each one of your PCs to activate Windows on them.

If you’re using Windows 10, you can buy Windows from the Microsoft Store:

Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation .
Select Go to Microsoft Store, then follow the instructions to buy Windows 10.
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If you don't see Go to Microsoft Store on the Activation page, contact your organization's support person.

If you made a substantial hardware changes to your device (such as replacing the motherboard) and you have a valid product key, try to activate Windows by phone. Type SLUI 04 in the search box on the taskbar, select SLUI 04, and then follow the instructions on the screen to activate Windows. For more info about reactivating Windows 10 (Version 1607 or later) after a hardware change, see Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change.

If you're running Windows 10 Pro EDU or Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, you must activate Windows over the Internet—phone activation and SLUI 04 can't be used. Learn more
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Old 08-20-2018, 04:47 PM   #31
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Well no luck getting a response from that website I bought the key from. Send them the screenshots of the error per their request and nothing in return.

I may try activating over the phone just to see if that works, but it may just be less trouble to buy a key from Microsoft.

On another note the church I go to is upgrading the sound systems and we are eliminating audio recording in favor of Facebook and YouTube streaming so I might be getting the other computer just like this one and if so I'll do the same upgrades to it as I'm doing to this one.

Thinking I might be able to buy the processor this paycheck.

Now question is will the current CPU heatsink be enough or will I need a better one?

Now given the other computer already has the mods to manually control the speed of the case fans and the mod to vary the LCD backlight brightness I may use that in my stereo room and move the one I just built to my 12' X 12' building where the fan noise and not being able to vary the LCD backlight brightness won't be an issue .
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:56 AM   #32
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Processor is ordered.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:21 PM   #33
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Processor is installed.

Using the userbenchmark program the scores aren't all that much better, but it does seem like my CPU usage percentage is down which is good.

I know the temperature is ok, but I do want it to run a little cooler.

If the monitor program I use is correct the average temp of all cores is hovering around 138-150F with some music streaming and a couple websites open on two monitors with animations.

I may look for a taller heatsink that will still allow the fan to fit.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:41 PM   #34
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Ordering this fan.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...68&ignorebbr=1

I am ok with the CPU temp as is, but I would prefer it to be a little cooler if possible.

Unfortunately the small form factor of the motherboard prevents a larger heatsink from being used.
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I have Windows 10 home installed already. The support from the website I bought the key from wants me to take a few screenshots of me entering the code and any error messages so they can see if they gave me a bad code.
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I have Windows 10 home installed already. The support from the website I bought the key from wants me to take a few screenshots of me entering the code and any error messages so they can see if they gave me a bad code.


Is it a legitimate product key?
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It was sold to me as a legitimate key.

Never heard back from them after sending the email with the requested screenshots.



I did get the other computer like this I had built for the church as we no longer needed it anymore so I swapped the processor and fans to that one.

I will now put the one I just built elsewheres and do the same upgrades.
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I found the correct RAM and will be ordering it Thursday when I get paid.
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The photo on the top is the results after a heatsink and fan upgrade and before the memory upgrade.

The photo on the bottom is the results after the memory upgrade. At one point it jumped up to 32 H/s briefly.

With only background programs running RAM usage is only 22% now. I think some things are loading faster as well.
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This thread is such a sh*show that I lost track of the problem.

Why did you order more memory? It's 22% now. How was it before? Did you need to get more?
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