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  1. #31

    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Also, for Mystere and the other nay-sayers, it is an UPGRADE over my W7 installation.
    I've said time and again, that if the upgrade works, great. If it doesn't, then you will spend more time trying to fix things than if you had just done a clean install to begin with.

    All i'm saying is that if you have problems, then you should just do a clean install right away, otherwise you will probably spend hours or days fixing problems, only to have to end up doing a clean install eventually anyways.

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  2. #32

    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    No argument with that, and I was quite prepared to do a fresh install if it hadn't worked.

    I did run the CP as an upgrade for some time, so I had a good idea what worked and what
    didn't, and I don't tend to run a cluttered machine anyway.

    And no, I don't recommend it for everyone, nor am I suggesting that all upgrades are
    trouble-free. I know from painful experience that they are not.

    All good...
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  3. #33

    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    Well, THAT didn't go well at all. I've had a pretty good experience with W8 so
    far, but that has come to a grinding halt.

    The W8 Pro RTM is an activation nightmare. Never again!

    Things were going swimmingly until Windows decided to update.

    Instantly de-activated itself.

    Reinstalled product key Accepted. BUT 'Windows is not activated. View details
    in....etc'. Checked in there, and it says it WAS activated.

    But I couldn't DO anything that needed activation.

    After several re-installs, both u/g and fresh, and getting no-where, I gave up
    in disgust, and went back to the Enterprise Trial, which expires in 6 weeks and
    can't be re-armed.

    No, I did NOT call MS by phone, as I loathe speaking on phones at the best of
    times, and this wasn't one of them. And I shouldn't EVER bloody-well HAVE to
    call MS just to activate an OS.

    This debacle has made me very wary of purchasing W8 retail now, because of
    this useless and frustrating activation setup they have. I am VERY reluctant to
    go through this crap with a version I've PAID for. And I've no reason to suspect
    that I won't.

    So, much as I like W8, it looks like it'll be W7 for a while yet (unless someone works
    out a way to keep the CP/RP or the Enterprise trial alive past their expiry-date).

    Sad, really.
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  4. #34

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Hmm, I've seen that happen with a puter running the RP of Windows 8. It says it's not activated, but yet it says it's activated but doesn't do bihourly restarts. I'm guessing there's a glitch to be worked out.
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  5. #35

    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I'm confused. You say you're trying to activate Windows 8 Pro, which would mean you purchased it. Then you say this has made you wary of purchasing it. How are you trying to activate it if you have not purchased it?
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  6. #36

    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    Er, sorry, I thought I'd posted a reply, but it mustn't have posted.

    The version concerned was the Pro RTM. It is NOT a hacked or cracked copy.

    It activated and ran fine till it took updates.

    Then it deactivated.

    On re-activation, it refuses to make up its mind whether activated or not.

    Not good enough, and certainly enough to make me wary of purchasing the
    retail version.

    I refuse to spend hours activating software, I'll simply use something else instead.
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  7. #37

    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I'm still confused. You said specifically that this problem has made you wary of purchasing windows 8. How, exactly, are you activating the RTM version if you have no purchased it? Your comments contradict each other. I'm not asking you if it was a hacked version, i'm simply trying to understand the problem, and understanding the nature of the product key you're using helps to identify the problem.

    Can you please clarify your confusing comments.
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  8. #38

    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Installed and activated it, online.

    No worries. Ran it for a couple of days while installing drivers etc.

    When it notified me of updates being available, I installed them.

    It requested a reboot and was then not activated.

    Input the key, and then on the System screen it said NOT activated.

    Clicked on the link next to that, and it said it WAS activated.

    But it behaved as if it wasn't, although there were no restarts.

    I've read of others having the SAME issue, sometimes it 'fixed' itself, sometimes not.

    As I said re Coke Robot's reply, it is probably a glitch.

    But not one that should be allowed to occur.

    Activation should at MOST be a one-click once-only affair.

    Not by phone, and never more than once.
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  9. #39

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I would imagine there's something kinking up in the pipeline, considering it's a new OS with new activation methods than before, along with the usual piracy that goes along with a new Windows OS. I remember reading some similar stories when Windows 7 came out. Someone had bought a copy of 7 legit, but later got a message saying that it's not activated and/or a message saying they may have been a victim of software counterfeiting. A call to Microsoft usually fixed it.

    But this time it seems more or less a glitch out.
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