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Legality Issue: Windows 8 and WMC key (12/23/2012)

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    Legality Issue: Windows 8 and WMC key (12/23/2012)


    I'm asking here with a high anonymity username, just so that I won't attract too much unwanted attention. (It's bound to get attention, so...)

    On December 23rd, 2012, during the period when Microsoft is still doing the free WMC giveaway activity, I have successfully signed up for a free WMC key. Upon receiving the key, I used it to activate Windows 8 that was installed onto an old 80GB IDE drive.

    Windows 8 is still activated as of now. (4/22/2013)

    I just want to make clear of this little gray area. Am I breaking any laws?

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    If the computer is still activated, I don't see how - I think MS would reach in and de-activate the key if it were illegal in some way. I read something about this in these forums, I think you can activate using that WMC key, or, keep using the original key - I think the free WMC key becomes attached to your original key, I forget exactly how this worked but I'm pretty sure you are safe and legal.
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    As long as someone accepts that I'm in the green, I don't care. I'm just giddy inside. Thanks for your confirmation.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I think if his copy was legit to start with, that does not apply. Anyway, I think MS did this to prevent new machines from being activated in this way. If it were a legit machine to start with, the WMC should be legitimately activated.
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    you are breaking the law. but they're not going to go after you. enjoy the free copy of Windows you got.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    He never said if it was activated before hand, I take it it wasn't? Heh, ok, what durtyvu said, I wouldn't worry about it. I would not try to use the same key to activate another machine though, even if you are able to do it, the conflict will be registered with MS and both machines will lose activation, especially if you use the same Skydrive account on both of them. I'm half guessing here, it's happened to me with XP and I had to buy a new key.
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    It was already activated. The activation was done on 12/23/2012.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That's what I thought, well then both keys are yours and both valid then, but probably only on your machine.
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    This means, if I were to do a Windows 8 clean install on the same computer, I have to re-enter both keys and won't have any troubles whatsoever?
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