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windows 8 reactivation failed

  1. #1

    Posts : 27
    Win 8 Pro (WMC) originally; updated to 8.1 prowmc through store

    windows 8 reactivation failed

    hi all!

    I had windows 8 pro+wmc installed in my Lenovo laptop (actually an upgrade from windows 7 OEM, upgraded to windows 8 by Lenovo maintenance team when there was some trouble with the hdd!); later I got it activated successfully (phone activation); I have the activation detailes and also copied the sacrosanct windows/system32/spp/store folder for future reactivation

    This laptop had winxp and Linux installed as first and second partitions and the third partition was the windows8; the boot manager was grub; yesterday I found that the freeupdate for windows 8.1 is now back in the store; so I thought of increasing the size and backing up the existing windows8 image in case of any problem; so I deleted the Linux snd xp partitions totally and edited the bcd (using bootice) so that the machine boots correctly; so now the first partition is a large data partition where I intended to copy the windows 8 which is now in partition 2;

    when I rebooted the machine today, I got the activation error message! since I have the product key, product id and also the activation code, I thought I can copy the store folder or worst come, I can redo the phone activation;
    I first copied the store folder as generally suggested by the "activation backup procedure; ' when I restarted the machine, it was a no-go as the activation error is persisting;

    I attempted phone activation, the key was first accepted and when the product id (the nine fields) was generated, I found it was different from the one I have copied earlier; still I entered all the fields properly and then after playing music for sometime before generating the activation code, the message came "your request cannot be processed now"; I again tried after an hour I got the message saying the key is blocked!

    how I get back the activation?

    Last edited by neelakantanr; 26 Oct 2013 at 10:45. Reason: typing errors!

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  2. #2

    Posts : 27
    Win 8 Pro (WMC) originally; updated to 8.1 prowmc through store

    hmm, obviously no reply!
    to continue:

    1) copying the Store folder will not revert the license;
    2) it is necessary to remember the product key, product id and the original activation code;
    3) the next time when somebody wants to re-install OS on the same computer, it is necessary to use "slmgr -upk" (uninstall the product key) option; and connect to internet for few hours so that the relevant activation server picks up the status;
    4) then when it is re-installed, simply enter the product key and go for online activation
    5)if the activation fails, again uninstall the key, reboot, re-install the key and go for phone activation using "slui 4"; select the country originally used and check the product id matches with the original product id;
    6) if the id matches, enter the activation code and re-activate (don't attempt to make a call or generate the activation code)
    7)that is all!

    the issue is solved;
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  3. #3

    Posts : 89
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    I think this thread is pure BS, why would Lenovo upgrade your computer to Windows 8 and not activate it leaving you the responsability to do it via phone? I think you're trying to hacktivate windows and are stuck in your own mess. If you need help, post proof of purchase.
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