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31 views

Embedded product key never used and invalid

I have the very unpleasant task to try to get a new Lenovo laptop back on track after its recovery partition was corrupted and (of course, that would be too easy otherwise) there isn't a recovery ...
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1answer
56 views

Is it possible to disable the 'Activate Windows' screen that appears in Windows 8 at a particular interval of time?

After the installation of Windows 8 I was unable to activate it, because of this at a regular interval of time the 'Activate Windows' screen appears. Is there a way to permanently disable this ...
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54 views

Can I Transfer The Windows 8 License of My Laptop to My Desktop?

My sister asked me to fix her Sony Vaio VPCCW23FX which she had recently installed Windows 8 Pro. However, that model is not compatible with Windows 8 and is having problems. We restored it to the ...
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1answer
47 views

Converting Windows 8.x Enterprise into Pro so I could activate it and use at home

Is there any possibility to convert Windows 8 Enterprise to Pro edition so I could normally activate it? I used Enterprise 90 trial version which has been expired. Now I want to legally buy a ...
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0answers
69 views

Resintalled Windows 8.1 and it won't activate

I have a BizSpark license, and have installed Win 8.1 on a few machines. Recently I reinstalled 8.1 on two machines using the same ISO, but different keys, and it's telling me that windows cannot be ...
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1answer
140 views

Why is Windows telling me my product key is invalid because it contains zeros?

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 8 on my main machine, and after downloading the installer, it asked for my key. I looked inside the "System" screen in control panel, which listed my key. However, ...
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0answers
107 views

Can Windows 8/8.1 Full Version be used to upgrade Windows 7 install which has lost its product activation?

tl;dr: Can I buy a Windows 8/8.1 full version disk and use it to upgrade a Windows 7 computer without losing all my programs even if that Windows 7 install is saying it's not a valid copy of Windows ...
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1answer
102 views

What hardware changes in Windows 8 determine you need a new license key / to re-activate? [duplicate]

I've seen similar questions but none that directly answer this in cliarty and detail. I have a few windows 8 systems that I purchased stand alone copies of the OS for. I now want to upgrade these ...
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1answer
494 views

Installing Windows 8 without the key

I have a Sony Vaio Pro laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 8. I wiped the disk and now I don’t have the original system left any more. For my misfortune, the laptop didn’t have a Windows ...
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1answer
370 views

Reverting an activated Windows 8 Toshiba laptop to Windows 7

I have just acquired a near new Toshiba P50 laptop. These PC's allow the user to choose between W7-64 and W8 when they are first switched on. The previous owner has chosen Windows 8 and this reports ...
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1answer
63 views

Does Windows 8 Have Limited Duration Licences?

A family member bought a new laptop for personal use with Windows 8 preinstalled. It had been working without issues for the past two months or so, but has now started displaying warnings about its ...
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1answer
6k views

Switch from VOLUME_KMSCLIENT to RETAIL channel

On my laptop I had Windows 8 Pro KMS activated, then I intalled WMC, which changed it to RETAIL channel, so I don't need KMS I repeated this on my desktop, which was VOLUME_KMSCLIENT and I thought it ...
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1answer
2k views

Licensing Windows Server 2012 in virtual machines on non Server 2012 host

Summary I am getting messages from my virtualised Windows Server 2012 machines about them not being activated or the product key is already used on another machine. Detail Though my university I ...
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2answers
926 views

no OEM certificate found in windows 8

i want to clean install win 8 on my new lenovo, i have heard that OEM key is stored in the bios and is automatically applied on a clean install. so i decided to save the OEM CERTIFICATE using a ...
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2answers
822 views

Does Windows 8 start sabotaging your pc if you don't activate it for an extended period of time? [closed]

So i installed Windows 8 about 5 months ago but unfortunately I got the product from a scammer who had already used the product key in another product, so i got stuck with an unactivateable version. ...
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1answer
942 views

How to re-activate Windows 8 after entering wrong Windows 8 key?

I entered my PC's Win 8 pro product key into my laptop which was currently running Win 8 with the intention to switch my laptop to the pro version. I do have a full back up of the whole drive of the ...
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1answer
4k views

How do I deactivate windows 8 pro?

I would like to deactivate the copy of Windows 8 Pro that I have installed on my system because one of cousins attempted on Install windows from the same disk and activated with same key. So, I would ...
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2answers
3k views

Windows 8 activated, can't add additional features

I do not see the logic in this: Windows 8 is activated (legitimately) and yet, I can't add additional features. Why is this happening? I have reset my computer after activation, and to be honest, I ...
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1answer
463 views

My windows 8 recovery drive I created prompts me for “installation media” when I try to refresh/reset

I created a Windows 8 recover drive on a USB stick. I can boot from it and get to the options to refresh/reset my installation. However, after I select either option it prompts me to "insert my ...
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1answer
1k views

Where can I download a legitimate copy of Windows 8 without having to supply an activation key? [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo Yoga 13 ultrabook and the Windows key is stored internally in the UEFI or something like that. The windows installer automatically recognizes the key during install. Here's my issue: I ...
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1answer
277 views

Reactivating Windows 8 after reformat

I am looking to reformat my drive and I was wondering if I was able to use my Windows 8 pro with media center product key obtained from the Windows 8 promotion. With the email that I received my ...
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1answer
474 views

Windows 8 Pro non-upgrade version won't let me activate

I went to Best Buy to buy Windows 8 and asked for the non-upgrade (clean installation) version of it. Got the software from a salesperson who said it can be for non-upgrades (and clearly has no ...
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2answers
972 views

My Hard disk is crashed. How to find the win 8 key which was activated in my laptop?

I had purchased vaio VPC YA 17GG Laptop with win 7 pro. I have upgraded that 7 to win 8 with upgradation scheme. Now today my HDD crashed. I have changed the hard disk. But I don't know the windows 8 ...
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1answer
2k views

Where can I download a copy of Windows 8 (64 Bit) to use with my previously purchased activation key?

I just bought an HP ultrabook running Windows 8 with no installtion media. I also bought an SSD hard drive... My plan was to install windows 8 on the SSD I purchased. Without any installation media ...
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1answer
230 views

Windows 8 couldn't be activated: The URL is invalid [closed]

Error code: 0x80072EE5 Error description: The URL is invalid Has anyone seen this before? Is it possible to activate by phone in windows 8? I got another product key from MSDN and ran slui 3 to ...
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2answers
2k views

Unable to activate Windows 8

I first installed Windows 8 Pro 64 bits OEM a few months ago. I did a clean install with the same disc and key yesterday, after installing new hardware. I remember having this very same issue with my ...
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2answers
2k views

Windows is complaining that my product key is being used on another computer. The license says I can do that. What gives?

I got Windows 8 from the Dreamspark Premium program with my university. The EULA states: 3.b. Installation and Use Rights. You may install and use on your devices no more than two copies of each ...
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1answer
769 views

Retrieve Windows 8 Product Key from mainboard

My new laptop came preinstalled with Windows 8. Naively, as I am, I just formatted the harddrive and installed fine old Ubuntu. Now I want to install Windows 8 for dual boot again, but I have no DVD ...
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1answer
3k views

Will I lose my Windows 8 activation after hardware upgrade?

Windows 8 Pro w/WMC is installed on an Asus M3A78-EM with an on-board GPU. I wish to upgrade the GPU and have purchased a compatible one but have not installed it yet. I also wish to upgrade its CPU. ...
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2answers
3k views

Windows 8 wants to reactivate with new motherboard, error 0x80070241

An HP tech had to replace my motherboard (twice within a short period, actually) and now Windows 8 wants me to reactivate. I get this error when I try to go through the activation process: What do ...
0
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3answers
2k views

Is it possible to save the product key of Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? I have Windows 8 activated in my system. I don't have the product key of windows right now. Now I ...
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4answers
27k views

Transferring a Windows 8 license and proper un- and reinstallation

Long story short I have two computers: a laptop and a desktop computer. Both have Windows 7 on them. I buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. To see if it screws up anything, I install it on my laptop as a ...
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5answers
74k views

Is Windows 8 Pro usable without activation?

There seems to be little information about the way the activation system works in Windows 8, especially for consumer versions of Windows (Core/Pro, not Enterprise). I already know that Microsoft now ...
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1answer
8k views

How long is the Windows 8 activation period if I do not connect to the internet?

This is not a duplicate of this question, since the OP had already connected to the internet. I installed Windows 8 Consumer Retail and was not connected to the internet, and remain unconnected so it ...
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3answers
12k views

Is Windows 8 Pro Upgrade 32 bit or 64 bit

I am wondering how this works. I'll tell you the story of my computers: I have one laptop and one desktop. One laptop was running Windows 7 Home Premium (32 bit) and my desktop is running Windows 7 ...
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2answers
8k views

How do I transfer Windows 8 upgrade license to new PC? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed I recently bought the Windows 8 Pro upgrade pack and updated my current PC from Windows 7. I have the ...
4
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6answers
39k views

Windows 8 Activation - Product ID: Not available

The situation: I downloaded Windows 8 RTM from MSDN (I have a subscription). Naturally, I downloaded the product key as well. Windows 8 installed like a dream: lightning fast with no problems. I ...
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1answer
408 views

Are there any region restrictions on the activation of Windows 8?

Microsoft does not sell Windows 8 DVDs in China, We can only update to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP SP3. However, I am an Ubuntu user, I don't have Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP SP3 ...
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1answer
16k views

Resolving “DNS name does not exist” activating Windows 8?

I am trying to activate a new copy of Windows 8 Pro. When clicking on the Activate button in the Windows Activation screen comes back with: DNS name does not exist How can I go ahead an ...
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2answers
24k views

Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...