You do not need to Activate Windows 10 to install it, but this is how you can activate later

Microsoft has done an interesting thing with Windows 10. Besides giving it as a free upgrade to anyone with an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC the OS is also one big shareware demo.

Specifically, by the demo I mean near fully functional OS that you can install anywhere to try out. This ability means you can download the Windows 10 ISO right from Microsoft and install it on a home-built PC, or any PC for that matter. Even Mac users can do this and install the OS using Bootcamp (more on this later).

How it works

Anyone can go and download the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Simply navigate to http://www.microsoft.com/software-download/windows10.

If you are on a PC, you can download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool that lets you make an ISO for use on a DVD or USB key. You can then use this to install Windows 10 on any computer. The process allows you to pick the language, edition, and architecture.
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Once you put the ISO onto that USB key or burn to a DVD, you are all set.

You do not have to Activate Windows 10

Perhaps one of the little unknown secrets about a Windows 10 installation is that you do not need to use a product key during the process.

Oh, Windows 10 prompts you for it, twice in fact. However, in both cases you can hit the little ‘Skip for now‘ button and let Windows 10 install. It is tiny, but it is there.

So what happens? Nothing. Windows 10 Home or Pro is installed, and you can use it. There are just two limitations that I have come across:

  1. Watermark on the lower right-hand corner saying Activate Windows
  2. You cannot use anything under Personalization e.g. change wallpaper, accent colors, lock screen, themes, etc. All options are there, they are just grayed out and inaccessible

Other than this you have a fully-functional Windows 10 OS. There are no nag prompts either and yes, you get all system updates (at least for the year).

You can enroll in the Windows Insider program. However, this just removes the watermark, but it will not allow you to personalize the computer.

Shhh, you still can personalize

What is amusing is although you cannot personalize the computer, you still can. This trick assumes you have other Windows 10 PCs that areactivated, and you use the same Microsoft account on both. If you do, whatever you personalize on the activated PC or Mac syncs over to your non-activated version. This method is how I have a non-default wallpaper on the non-activated device used for this article.

Another trick, pointed out in comments, is that you can add new wallpaper. Simply open up the Photos app and hit the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner. Choose ‘Set as lock screen’ or ‘Set as background’ and voila, you have personalized your PC.

It is an odd workaround, but you likely won’t notice the limitations.

All of this works on PC or Mac, too. This ability means those with Apple computers can just download and try out Windows 10 without consequence. Tomorrow Windows Central will show you how that works.

Now you want to Activate

However, maybe you do want to change that wallpaper or color. Alternatively, maybe you just feel bad and want to pay for a full-fledged license. Microsoft made this very simple. To buy a license to activate either Windows 10 Home or Pro, do the following:

1. Go to Settings

2. Go to Update & Security

3. Choose Activation

4. Select Go to Store

The Windows Store now opens to a product page for either version of Windows 10. You can now buy Home or Pro, and it unlocks and activates your version of Windows 10.

The purchase runs through the Store like any app purchase, and you can just use your Credit Card, PayPal, or whatever payment methods you set up.

The Takeaway

Microsoft has actually opened up Windows 10. The fact that you can download the ISO and install it without a product key on any PC or Mac is neat.

The idea here, of course, is to get the OS into as many hands as possible. This tactic is not much different than Google and Android and giving it away for free (granted, there are patent fees).

‘Microsoft wants Windows 10 on every computer because it is the Store and their services that are important. This strategy means that Windows 10 can be put everywhere with a tiny drawback. Sure, you have a watermark, and you cannot change the wallpaper, but if you are a Mac user and you want to tinker with Windows 10, there is literally nothing stopping you. It just works.

Even better, Microsoft makes buying Windows 10 through an un-activated copy very easy with a mere Store purchase. You do not even have to leave the house.

It is a strange new world if you enjoy Windows, but a much more user-friendly one too.

How Does Windows Activation Work?

Luckily, Windows Activation has been toned down after its introduction in Windows XP. Even if your PC fails activation, it will continue to function until you can fix the problem — unless you’re using Windows XP. If you are, you should upgrade anyway.

How Windows Product Activation Works

Windows will prompt you to activate with Microsoft after you install it. When you activate over the Internet, your copy of Windows checks in with Microsoft and reports its product key. If your Windows product key is non-genuine (in other words, a pirated key) or is being used on another computer, the activation process will fail.

Windows can also be activated with a phone call. Windows provides a code you type in over the phone, and you’ll have to enter the code it responds with into your computer. You can also talk to a real person, which is useful if the activation process is failing. For example, if you’re moving Windows to a new computer, you may have to talk to a real person and explain the situation before they’ll allow Windows to activate.

“Significant” hardware changes can also trigger the Windows activation process again. For example, if you swap out multiple components on your PC at the same time, you may have to go through the activation process. Microsoft hasn’t explained exactly which hardware changes will trigger this.

OEM Activation

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The OEM Activation feature helps ensure that most people will never have to deal with Windows activation. PC manufacturers insert a digital product key into a Windows PC’s BIOS during manufacturing. When you buy a PC with Windows preinstalled, Windows automatically activates over the Internet using the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) product key. You can replace much of the hardware in the computer without triggering a reactivation.

If you install a different copy of Windows on a PC that came with an OEM Windows key, you’ll have to go through the standard Windows Product Activation process. The OEM activation process only works when you use the copy of Windows that came with your computer or restore that original copy of Windows.

When Windows Activation Fails

Different things happen on different versions of Windows when activation fails or when you exceed the grace period without performing Windows Activation. On Windows XP, the operating system will be unusable after 30 days or if activation fails. In some cases, Windows XP seems to have a 60 day grace period instead.

If activation fails or you exceed 30 days without activating on Windows 7 or Vista, you’ll see a message saying you’re using a non-genuine version of Windows at the bottom-right corner of your screen. The desktop background may also turn black. Only critical updates and security patches can be downloaded from Windows Update, and Windows will regularly remind you to fix the problem and activate your operating system. Luckily, Windows will still be usable.

There is no grace period on Windows 8. If you haven’t activated your operating system, you’ll see a message with the version of Windows at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Many personalization features will also be disabled — for example, you can’t change the wallpaper if you haven’t activated Windows 8 yet.

Thankfully, the penalties for not activating Windows have become less harsh in modern versions of Windows. You’ll still be able to use your computer if you have a problem with Windows activation. Microsoft just wants to bug you into using a legitimate version of Windows and buying a legitimate product key. This feature also prevents smaller computer manufacturers from installing pirated copies of Windows on their PCs and selling them to unsuspecting buyers.

Remove the Please Call Support For Windows Tech Support Scam

What is Please Call Support For Windows Tech Support Scam?

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The Please Call Support For Windows Tech Support Scam is an web browser tech support scam that displays an alert that states it has detected that you are getting a lot of popups or that your computer may be running slow. It then prompts you to call a remote support number for help. As this is a scam, you should not call the listed phone number.

When the Please Call Support For Windows Tech Support Scam is displayed in your browser it will display an alert that contains text similar to the following:

Once again, this is just a fake a alert and the page does not know if you have popup ads or security problems, does not know what is running on your computer, and is just trying to trick you into calling the phone number. At this same time, for those who have never seen a message like this, they can be quite alarming as these scams make it difficult to close browser tabs or the browser itself.

Thankfully, almost all browser based tech support scams can be closed by simply opening Windows Task Manager and ending the browser process. It is important, though, that if you end the browser process that you do not reopen previously closed sites if prompted by the browser when you start it again.

On the other hand, if you are constantly seeing these types of tech support scams, or these pages are opening by themselves, then it may be possible that you are infected with an adware or other unwanted program that are displaying them. Once again, do not worry as it is quite easy to remove these infections if you follow the guide below.

Why am I Seeing the Please Call Support For Windows Tech Support Scam?
The Please Call Support For Windows Tech Support Scam is shown through advertisements that redirect you to sites that display this scam. These advertisements can be displayed by installed adware programs or through less than reputable sites that are displaying them to generate advertising revenue.

For the most part, if you see a browser based tech support scam, then you can simply close the browser and start it again. On the other hand, if you are continuously seeing scams with alerts like “Please Call Support For Windows”, then you should scan your computer for adware and remove anything that is found.

HOW TO USE THE WINDOWS HELP AND SUPPORT CENTER IN WINDOWS VISTA

Getting help with computer problems is easier than ever when you use the Windows Vista Help and Support Center. The new Vista Help interface offers a more streamlined and intuitive experience compared to XP’s Help Center. When you don’t know where else to start, fire up Vista’s Help and Support center and begin digging at the top.

To summon the program, choose Help and Support Center from the Start menu or press the F1 key from any Windows screen or the Desktop. The Help and Support Center rises to the screen packed with newly beefed up tables, charts, and step-by-step instructions for you to follow.

 

The program offers three sections: Find an Answer, Ask Someone, and Information from Microsoft. Start with the Find an Answer section, which summons help about these topics:

  • Windows Basics: If you’re new to computers and Windows, head here first. It walks you through the Vista’s basics: understanding the mouse, keyboard, desktop, Start menu, taskbar, files, folders, and other Windows things everybody thinks you already know.

  • Security and Maintenance: This area offers things people put off until something’s wrong. For example, ensuring that your PC’s security systems are turned on, diagnosing potential problems Vista’s noticed with your PC, and making sure that your PC’s stocked with the latest fixes from Windows Update.

  • Windows Online Help: This tells the Help program to display Vista’s online Help page at Microsoft’s Web site. That site’s often more up-to-date than Vista’s built-in Help program, but it uses more technical language.

  • Table of Contents: Just as you’d expect, clicking here brings up a table of contents listing every subject. Click any subject to see subheadings, letting you branch off in the direction you’re after.

  • Troubleshooting: The spot to head when something’s not working, this lets you diagnose and fix problems with networking, the Internet, e-mail, and the way your PC’s parts interact with Vista.

  • What’s New?: Windows XP users who are curious about why they upgraded can click here for a rundown on what’s new in their particular version of Vista.

The Windows Help and Support program works much like a Web site or folder. To move back one page, click the little blue Back arrow in the upper-left corner. That arrow helps you out if you’ve backed into a corner.

The second section, Ask Someone, walks you through establishing a Remote Assistance session. The Ask Someone section is helpful only if you’ve found that rare individual who’s willing to connect to your PC over the Internet and sort out your problems for you.

The section’s last option, Contact Microsoft Customer Support Online, takes you to Microsoft’s Knowledge Base, a database of Windows problems written in technical language for Internet professionals.

The Help and Support section’s last area, Information from Microsoft, lists the top questions asked at Microsoft’s online support site. It’s worth a try only on the chance you spot your question among the three listed.

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Microsoft Windows Support Call Scams: 7 Facts

Security researcher turns the tables on a caller peddling fake fixes for malware supposedly infecting his Windows PC.

Have you ever picked up the phone to hear the following: “I’m calling from Microsoft. We’ve had a report from your Internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer”? Of course the caller offers to help, offering a free scan, which invariably leads to warnings over mass malware infections, and the offer of paid technical support to assist.

Security professionals know to steer clear of such scams. Since they persist, scammers are apparently tricking sufficient numbers of consumers into forking over their cash–$250 or more, in some cases–to fix the virus infections identified by the caller’s in-house technicians. Windows phone scams–targeting PC owners–appear to have begun in earnest in 2008, and been on the rise ever since, according to the Guardian. Meanwhile, their popularity is fueled by “the availability of cheap phone calls and labor in countries like India,” according to Which?, a U.K. consumer rights group.

To fight back, many people try to tie up the cold callers on the phone for as long as possible, or even provide them with fake credit card numbers. But after receiving repeat calls, one malware researcher decided to see what exactly the scammers were doing by granting them access to his virtual test machines, which he used to record their activities. “The goal was to find out who they were and exactly what the scam was. Luckily I was able to get hold of information such as their internal IP addresses, the PayPal accounts used to wire money, and the numbers they are calling from,” said Kaspersky Lab security researcher David Jacoby in a blog post.

Here are seven facts he learned about the scams.

1. Caller Claims To Be With Microsoft
Microsoft support scams are a type of social engineering attack, which succeeds not through attackers’ technical sophistication, but rather by tricking people via smooth talking and playing on their fears. In Jacoby’s case, he said the caller pretended to be from a department–non-existent, by the way–at Microsoft that was following up indications that his computer was either broken or had been infected by malware.

2. Windows Errors Easy To Find
To make the case that his PC showed signs of malware infection, Jacoby said the woman who called him instructed him to open the Windows Event Manager, so that he could see numerous error messages which she said indicated that his system had been compromised. “The event viewer does show error messages, but not directly related to an infection,” said Jacoby. “Almost all computers have errors in the log files, especially if the computer has not been re-installed lately and is running a lot of programs.”

3. Windows Processes Used For Sleight Of Hand
Jacoby said the scammer then instructed him to execute a DOS command to reveal the system’s unique ID and allow her to verify that it was referencing the correct–infected–system. The caller then read out the license ID, and asked Jacoby if it matched the ID he was seeing on his screen. It did, but that was because the DOS command he’d run revealed the ID for a file extension that ships on all Windows PCs. The caller then instructed him to run the “verify” DOS command to see if his Windows license could be verified, and said that an “off” setting–which Jacoby saw–would indicate that the license couldn’t be verified. But in reality, this setting is only used to “enable/disable operating system verification that data has been written to disc correctly,” he said, and has nothing to do with the Windows license.

4. Scammers Wield Drama
But after the second DOS command returned an “off” response, Jacoby said the caller began “screaming ‘oh my god!’ in my ear, she was super upset that my license was not verified; according to her this meant that no security patches could be installed.” After recommending that Jacoby allow her technician to directly access his PC, he agreed. “I was running everything in an empty virtual machine,” he said, and found that the organization offering to repair his PC was using free–and on its own, legitimate–remote-administration softwareknown as AMMYY.

5. Remote Access Scans Trigger Falsehoods
While he was still on the phone with the caller, Jacoby watched as the remote access tool administrator–on his PC screen–opened an old certificate, which said that it dated from 2011. At this point, the woman who had called him claimed that his PC hadn’t been updated since 2011, and told him that he needed “to install security software which will protect me against viruses, malware, Trojans, hackers, and other things.” He agreed, and watched as an application (“G2AX_customer_downloader_win32_x86”) was installed and run on his PC, which indicated that he had “successfully updated the software license for lifetime.”

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   6. Social Engineering Tricks The Scammers

After the supposed fix, and with the caller still on the line, Jacoby was given a PayPal account into which he was supposed to pay $250. When the fake credit card data that he supplied to the caller didn’t work, he asked the caller to browse to a website where his friend, he said, had left credit card data in plain text. After the caller browsed there, he captured her IP address, disconnected the call, and reviewed which phone numbers the caller had used. “After collecting all the information, I have now contacted all the appropriate people, such as the security team at PayPal [and] various law enforcement agencies with the hope that we can stop these people,” said Jacoby.

7. Scammers Avoid Attack Software
To recap, the Microsoft Windows malware phone scam succeeds in part because it’s a social engineering attack: Callers tell Windows owners to input a few commands into their PC, then “interpret” the results to highlight how the system is infected with malware. Furthermore, the remote-access tool used by scammers typically doesn’t trip any security alarm bells, because such tools can be used for benign purposes, such as actual customer support. “The software that they were using was not malicious in any way, which means that no security software can detect these types of scams,” he said.

of course, had a test machine at the ready, which was devoid of any sensitive information. The average business users or consumers, however, typically have some type of sensitive data stored on their PC. In other words: don’t try this type of security research at home. “If you ever get a call ‘from Microsoft’ stating that there are some indications that your computer is broken or infected–please hang up,” he said.

Contacting Windows Live Customer Service Center

Windows Live is a Microsoft company. There are multiple services offered under the Windows Live moniker, including Hotmail, Skydrive, Messenger, Essentials and more. If you have concerns or issues with a Windows Live product or software, you’ll need to use the support page available from the main page of the Windows Live website to access customer service options. Windows Live is notorious for avoiding personal, one-on-one contact via phone.

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Contact Info:

Phone Contact Numbers

We were unable to find a phone number for Windows Live customer support, but we did find a number outside of the Windows Live website. The number is listed as OneCare and there are hundreds of comments from consumers having used the number for customer support. Check out the Our Experience section to see how we faired with Windows Live customer support.

  • OneCare: 1855-273-5444

Mailing Address

You are not going to find a mailing address for Windows Live customer service, so your best bet is to send your communication to the Microsoft headquarters. It may take some time to receive a response, but keep sending letters and eventually someone will respond.

Official Website

Windows Live offers an official website . This website is the central point for all Windows Live applications, software and customer support. The Help Center http://explore.live.com/windows-live-help-center is available for customer support. According to some consumers, Windows Live phone support will tell customers they need to log in to the Help Center to find answers for their questions.

Customer Service Email

There is no customer service email for Windows Live. Most of the products offered by Microsoft under the Windows Live name are free, so customer service is difficult to come by. Your only option is to visit the Windows Live Help Center and search for questions similar to yours. You should be able to find a similar question as there are thousands of responses. You may need to choose a specific Windows Live product or service before searching for your question.

Having an infinite number of advantages over other OS, Windows isn’t totally free of its glitches. This is not something that you can fix on your own or try the troubleshooting steps online- most of which are half informational with no professional background. There are many possibilities for your problems with Microsoft products and controlling them may not be something under your skillset. Technical matters require real-time professional guidance which addresses to the core issue, rather than being a short-timed solution.

Windows OS has a loyal line of users who can’t seem to replace it with any other OS from another source. It’s definitely attributable to the fine delivery of Microsoft’s services. But over the years we have received a number of issues from people, that covers OS in all its aspects. Some can be solved instantly, while others can be tricky.

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We saw the similar issue in case of Windows 10. Many people have issues with Chrome operating very slowly on their new OS. We found that many times, the issues were intrinsic- they were either from the device or had another issue reinforcing the case. This is where our roles come into the picture.

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