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What's This on my Desktop?

  1. #1

    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    What's This on my Desktop?

    Windows Pro 8 with Media Center
    Build 9200

    That appeared in the lower right corner of my Desktop (Desktop screen, not Tiles screen). After I installed (free) Media Center and it rebooted, that popped up.

    Nothing like that appeared or is showing on my other laptop after the MC install. Any ideas?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    It means your computer isn't activated.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    OK, how did that happen, because it was before.

    What do I do now?

    Never mind, I found the's the KEY for Media Center. I used the same email, so I guess it gave me the same Key.

    Odd, since it didn't do that with the Windows downloads.

    So, I guess I need to request another Key, but use a different email?
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Pro 64Bit

    Did the same thing to me when I installed media center on my laptop using the same key as on my desktop.. a quick phone call to Microsoft and the automated voice reactivated my windows 8 without any more problems...I requested a new Media key using a different Email and got it quickly heading off any future activation problems..
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  5. #5

    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Well, sounds like a bug with their activation for add-ons? Bet when I turn on other laptop, it will be de-activated and I'll have to re-enter the MC Key I just replaced--will report back.

    It validated, and it shouldn't have since Key was already in use.

    I used another Hotmail account and got a new Key; just put it in and it works!

    And the line is gone from the Desktop!

    edit--and BIG THANKS to Mystere for providing the solution (rep'd. for that)
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