How To Activate Windows 10 on My PXIe Controller

Updated Feb 22, 2019

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Hardware

  • PXI Controller
  • External Controller for PXI

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

  • I recently purchased a PXIe Controller from National Instruments with a Windows 10 Operating System, but I'm getting a message saying that windows is not activating.
  • I have (re)-installed Windows 10 on my PXIe-8880 from a backup image created based on the article "Moving Pre-Installed Image to New PXI Hard Drive". How can I activate Windows 10 on my controller?

Solution

PXIe Controllers that have been purchased with Windows 10 have a unique digital product key inserted into the BIOS of the system. 
Therefore, after installing Windows you need to connect your controller to the internet in order to activate automatically your Windows. 

Note: If you do not have internet access you will need to activate by phone by calling Microsoft and quote the Product ID. To find this ID, select the Start button » Settings  » Update & Security » Activation.

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