A Sneak Glance at Windows Insider 10 10147

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As this is primarily a Windows Reinstallation Guide I will focus more on topics important for Windows Reinstallation such as Product Keys, Microsoft Product Activation and the Creation and Use of Recovery Drives. I also look into the relocation of Data to another Drive and finally Apps at the End.

Installation is very similar to 10125 except the ability to sign in with a local account has returned, product keys are now requested and Microsoft Product Activation has been introduced:


Tests required to be carried out:

  • Upgrade from a Windows 7/8.1 OEM/Retail install with a Local Account.
  • Clean install on a Windows 8.1 with Bing OEM system with blank new HDD/SSD and Local Account.
  • Clean install on a Windows 7 OEM system with blank new HDD/SSD and Local Account.

Product Key and Editions

Moreover the entry of product keys is now required and the selection of a Pro and Home Edition if the product key is skipped:



If you select skip you will be reminded to input a product key later on:


More details about Microsoft Product Activation will be given at the bottom.

Local Account Sign In



Microsoft Product Activation

The main conclusions to draw from the tests I made with this build and Windows 10’s Microsoft Product Activation are:




From my extensive testing of the new Microsoft Product Testing introduced into Microsoft Windows 10 Build 10147 I can tell you the following:

  • Direct clean installation from Windows 10 Installation Media, skipping product key twice or using the generic key leads to an unactivated product even if a base activated Windows 7/8.1 or 10 10130 was present.
  • Using the .iso to upgrade from the Windows Desktop will only allow activated versions of Windows to reach the license agreement screen. This only allows Activated versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Insider 10130. After the install Windows 10 10147 is activated. Windows Vista and Windows XP encounter the error that setup cannot be ran from the following Operating System.
  • Once the initial upgrade to Windows 10147 is complete the device is registered to Microsoft.
  • Once a device is registered, you may clean install from the .iso by skipping product keys during Windows setup. Windows will activate automatically.
  • The product activation is tied to the device. You can reinstall using a different Microsoft Account or Local Account and the device will activate.
  • You may change minor hardware such as a SSD/HDD and clean install. I changed from a SSD to HDD for a quick test and Microsoft Product Activation was applied.
  • It seems Windows Insiders with Build 10130 will be passed as eligible to reach Windows 10 RTM. Those who look to join the Windows 10 Insider program after the Windows 10130 .isos have been removed will not be able to install and activate Windows 10 Insider 10147 or later and hence will not be able to reach Windows 10 RTM.

The detailed tests for Product Activation are given at the bottom see Microsoft Product Activation Tests.

As its pretty advanced and works I very much doubt the activation procedure will change for Windows 10 RTM… Microsoft are also unlikely to block off Windows 10 10130 Insiders as many lost their recovery partition and hence Windows 7 OEM license by installing Windows 10 Insider. I therefore deduce that Windows Insiders who joined the Windows Insider Program before the Windows 10130 .isos are removed will be eligible for a free upgrade and those who join afterwards will get Microsoft Product Activation Issues.

Relocation of Data and Apps

Note I also tested the ability to move documents, pictures, music and videos to another drive. This has been requested for quite a while as these operations are usually quite involved. However unfortunately it seems to not work correctly:



Recovery Drive

Windows 10 has an inbuilt feature to make a Recovery Drive however it is not found easily by clicking through System or Control panel. In fact I found it by searching:


I used it to create a recovery drive:


Looking at Disk Management of a MBR install:


In order to test if the recovery drive works I emulated a corrupt unbootable OS by using  used DISKPART → CLEAN on the SSD. Then attempted to restore from the Recovery Drive however in my case my Recovery Drive didn’t work:


This highlights the flaw of this procedure, a .iso has to be made available… I will try again but I am sceptical so far.


This is the first build where I can say that the user interface of Apps is good enough to make them useable and the first build where they are simultaneously stable enoug to use:


The Metro Calc App now allows multiple instances:

Metro Calculator



YouTube playback is native:

native player

The junk App known as Reader has been removed…

Reader 3

pdfs by default natively open in Microsoft Edge allowing for multiple instances and some markup:



Granted it is still limited with respect to Adobe Reader as the pdf internal bookmarks don’t show. Also the highlighting tool is free hand and doesn’t snap to text like it does in Adobe Reader…

Snipping Tool

Snipping tool gets up to a 5 second delay:

snipping tool

After selecting new this essentially gives you time to position what you want to snip on your screen before the snipping tool shows. A very minor addition but it can be very useful. It would be nice if Microsoft also made an inbuilt screen recording software.

Mail App

The mail App looks quite nice however I find the fact that it minimises opened folders automatically when you click out of them. I’ve can’t see any more advanced settings like rules.



It for my location a bit out because I guess its because I’m on a Desktop and not a mobile device.


The search works pretty well:

maps glasgow 2

Aswell as directions:

Glasgow 4

Photos App

Still only one instance in this App

photos appphotos app2






Film and TV

Perhaps this is the solution for Media Centre I don’t have a TV Tuner or TV License to check if it allows TV streaming…

films and tv

Opening an .avi file…

film and tv3

Then selecting full screen:

film and tv4



3D Builder

The preinstalled App 3D builder looks very interesting, I’m not sure how to use it yet admittedly but will play around with it:



news app


At a quick glance it seems that the scan App is not preinstalled so I looked for it at the Store and searched for Scan:

123456Scan Using the Scan App:


Start Screen

Theres the option to select between a Full Start Screen and a resizeable Start Screen:

START Option

windows 10 start full

Zooming in to the left:

start 1

There is the All Apps button at the bottom:

All Apps

The recent added and most used Apps button up at the top:


If the Start Screen isn’t set to full it looks like this. Essentially it doesn’t take up the full screen and the Most Used and Recently Added are shown by default. You can make it smaller by removing all the pinned tiles. Personally I prefer the Full Start Screen as its more functional.

Start not full

Microsoft Product Activation Tests

The initial install of Windows 10 10147 requires an upgrade from a previous version of Windows in my testing logging in with a Microsoft Account otherwise you are prompted for Microsoft Product Activation. After the initial install you may clean install (I’ve tested after a drive wipe using DISKPART → CLEAN ALL) and you may clean install using the same Microsoft Account, a different Microsoft Account or a Local Account. The automatic product activation seems to register and recognise the device.

A. Initial Upgrade to Windows 10147 and then Clean Installation of Windows 10147:

I had Windows 10130 in a different VM signed in with a Microsoft Account. On the Windows Desktop with the same Windows 10147 .iso and this leads to an install with “Windows is Activated”:


A scan with Berlarc Advisor gives two unique keys. One for “Internet Explorer” and the other for “Windows 8.1 Professional” (Berlac Advisor doesn’t yet have the ability to distinguish between Windows 10 Insider and Windows 8.1).

After booting from installation media I used DISKPART → CLEAN ALL to wipe the drive and remove traces of the old Windows installation.

At the input your product screen I selected skip…


Then I selected the Pro Preview:


I got this after the reboot:


I selected “Do this later”. Then I selected Express Settings and I logged in with my Microsoft Account and got:


Then I ran Berlarc Advisor again and this time the “Windows 8.1 Professional Key” matched the “Windows 8.1 Professional Key” from before. This time the “Internet Explorer Key” was the same as the “Windows 8.1 Professional Key”.

Then just for kicks I decided to remove the Microsoft Product Activation using slmgr.vbs /upk:


So Windows was unactivated:




I then tried to input the “Windows 8.1 Product Key” from Berlarc Advisor.




Repeating this process on a different VM “VM2″ upgraded from Windows 10130 and upgrading to 10147 using a different Microsoft Account”Microsoft Account 2” yielded the same product key: “NJ4MX-VQQ7Q-FP3DB-VDGHX-7XM87”. Using DISKPART → CLEAN ALL and then reinstalling on “VM2” with “Microsoft Account 1” instead of “Microsoft Account 2” lead to an activated product.

Repeating the process on physical hardware and signing without a Microsoft Account ave me an activated product.

I will buy a second hand Latitude 5510 with Windows 7 OEM Professional and try the upgrade from a wiped drive to ensure it doesn’t work when it arrives. I will then reinstall Windows 7 Professional OEM 64 Bit with SP1 and test the .iso to see if Product Activation works in the same manner.

B. Direct Initial Clean Installation using a Different Machine and Difference Microsoft Account:

The first install was a fresh install with a Microsoft Account and the generic product key was input in a VM. As seen it lead to an unactivated Windows… Also reinstalling by skipping the key twice leads to an unactivated product.

The product ID was different (the last 5 digits) for the install with my other Microsoft Account:


Selecting Activate Windows:


As you can see product activation using the same key failed. I tried both the key from Berlarc Advisor in all my activated installs and the generic key given by WinAero:// //



Both failed product activation…


If I select Store…


This suggests Microsoft will do something sensible this time round. Easy download of the .iso and a path to pay for a full version after evaluation (after the 1 year free upgrade from Windows 7/8./Windows 10 insider Build 10130).

Of course it doesn’t work to buy at the moment because its not setup for buying:


C. Test on Physical Hardware and Changing Hard Drive/Solid State Drive

One thing I just tested on physical hardware was drive replacement. So I have experimentally determined the license is tied to the device and not the Microsoft Account. I have also tested hard drive replacement from SSD to HDD (I hope most people go the other way).

1. Initial Crucial 120 GB M4 SSD Drive.

  • Initially upgraded from Windows 10 10130 to Windows 10 10147 with Microsoft Account 1
  • Microsoft Product Activation Pass

2. Secondary Clean Install Local Account – Same Drive.

  • DISKPART → CLEAN (Recovery Drive test and failure)
  • Clean installation Windows 10147 (Local Account)
  • Microsoft Product Activation Pass



3. Removal of Crucial 100 GB M4 SSD Drive and replace with Toshiba Junk 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD – Windows XP Desktop

  • Windows XP OEM License
  • Windows XP doesn’t run the application because its Win64
  • Installation Failure


4. Removal of Crucial 100 GB M4 SSD Drive and replace with Toshiba Junk 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD – Clean Install

  • Boot from DVD and Clean Install – Painstakingly long due to Mechanical HDD (I don’t recommend installation of Windows 10 on such an old model of HDD)
  • Local Account Created
  • Microsoft Product Action Passed



D. Upgrade from Windows 8.1

1. Windows 8.1 Pro Not Activated, launch the setup from within the Desktop.

If Windows 8.1 isn’t activated and you attempt to launch the Windows 10 setup from within the Desktop you will be forced to either enter a Windows 10 product key or abort the setup and activate Windows 8.1. There is no other way to carry out this upgrade path…

Windows 8.1 Pro isn't activated

2. Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro N Activated, launch the setup from within the Desktop.

If Windows 8.1 is activated you won’t get the screen to enter your product key or activate. You will be instead given the license terms:

indows.1 activated

You will be ready to install:

retail activated

Windows 10 will install and then activate automatically online:

1 2 3 win81retail

3. Windows 8.1 Activated, launch the setup from BIOS and begin a clean install

Initially clean installing from BIOS will lead to an unactivated Windows 10.


E. Upgrade from Windows Vista

  • Windows Vista and Windows XP (with compatible hardware) users will not get a free upgrade unless they joined the Windows 10 Insider Program and clean installed while the Windows 10 Build 10130 .isos were available.
  • The following Error Message will Display if you run the Windows 10 setup with Windows XP/Vista.


  • Clean Installation from a Windows 10 Bootable USB via the BIOS will result in 2 screens prompting one to input their product key and an unactivated Windows 10.
  • The Windows 10 OEM System Builder Licenses from NewEgg:
    • $149.99 – Windows 10 Professional
    • $109.99 – Windows 10 Home

F. Non-Genuine/Unactivated Windows 7/8.1

  • Unactivated Windows 7 or 8.1 Users will be prompted to either activate Windows or buy a product key.

Windows 8.1 Pro isn't activated

  • Clean Installation from a Windows 10 Bootable USB via the BIOS will result in 2 screens prompting one to input their product key and an unactivated Windows 10.
  • The Windows 10 OEM System Builder Licenses from NewEgg:
    • $149.99 – Windows 10 Professional
    • $109.99 – Windows 10 Home

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