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PC Settings-Product Key. Window keeps opening on its own.

  1. #11


    I clicked on the link David & yes the product key no. was shown. I inserted it into the 'PC Settings Activate Windows' box it ran a check for a while & then nothing. I thought the problem was solved & I'm back to square one!

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    I clicked on the link David & yes the product key no. was shown. I inserted it into the 'PC Settings Activate Windows' box it ran a check for a while & then nothing. I thought the problem was solved & I'm back to square one!
    You have a bogus product key.
    Illegal.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    I clicked on the link David & yes the product key no. was shown. I inserted it into the 'PC Settings Activate Windows' box it ran a check for a while & then nothing. I thought the problem was solved & I'm back to square one!
    You have a bogus product key.
    Illegal.
    Yeah but this isn't the only thread on here recently about legitimately bought product keys that have stopped working - and bearing in mind the OP's PC is a pre-installed Windows so not easy to fake.

    My suspicion is that Microsoft have messed up somehow, and are blacklisting legitimate keys.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    David, how do we know if the "Installed Key" is the same as the embedded key? If I run that script on my laptop it shows my Media Center key not the embedded factory key. In robinpe's case the script is just reading the key his PC is currently using and failing to activate with. How do we know if its actually the embedded key? It should be, but is it?
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    I clicked on the link David & yes the product key no. was shown. I inserted it into the 'PC Settings Activate Windows' box it ran a check for a while & then nothing. I thought the problem was solved & I'm back to square one!
    You have a bogus product key.
    Illegal.
    Yeah but this isn't the only thread on here recently about legitimately bought product keys that have stopped working - and bearing in mind the OP's PC is a pre-installed Windows so not easy to fake.

    My suspicion is that Microsoft have messed up somehow, and are blacklisting legitimate keys.
    It could be a Microsoft Activation server glitch. With the new OA3 that Windows 8 uses activation is done online.
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  6. #16


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    I clicked on the link David & yes the product key no. was shown. I inserted it into the 'PC Settings Activate Windows' box it ran a check for a while & then nothing. I thought the problem was solved & I'm back to square one!
    You have a bogus product key.
    Illegal.
    Yeah but this isn't the only thread on here recently about legitimately bought product keys that have stopped working - and bearing in mind the OP's PC is a pre-installed Windows so not easy to fake.

    My suspicion is that Microsoft have messed up somehow, and are blacklisting legitimate keys.
    Best thing to do is contact Microsoft.
    Provide them with ID # & Product key & see what happens.

    Microsoft Product Support Customer Phone Number | Shortest Wait | Best Support | GetHuman.com
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post

    You have a bogus product key.
    Illegal.
    Yeah but this isn't the only thread on here recently about legitimately bought product keys that have stopped working - and bearing in mind the OP's PC is a pre-installed Windows so not easy to fake.

    My suspicion is that Microsoft have messed up somehow, and are blacklisting legitimate keys.
    Best thing to do is contact Microsoft.
    Provide them with ID # & Product key & see what happens.

    Microsoft Product Support Customer Phone Number | Shortest Wait | Best Support | GetHuman.com
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  8. #18


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    David, how do we know if the "Installed Key" is the same as the embedded key? If I run that script on my laptop it shows my Media Center key not the embedded factory key. In robinpe's case the script is just reading the key his PC is currently using and failing to activate with. How do we know if its actually the embedded key? It should be, but is it?
    The ID & Key I get when I run it on my PC is the same as the Key & ID I purchased from Microsoft.
    What else can I say.
    If I'm missing something, enlighten me for everyone's benefit.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    David, how do we know if the "Installed Key" is the same as the embedded key? If I run that script on my laptop it shows my Media Center key not the embedded factory key. In robinpe's case the script is just reading the key his PC is currently using and failing to activate with. How do we know if its actually the embedded key? It should be, but is it?
    The ID & Key I get when I run it on my PC is the same as the Key & ID I purchased from Microsoft.
    What else can I say.
    If I'm missing something, enlighten me for everyone's benefit.
    You haven't upgraded, I have. I upgraded to 8 Pro and then added Media Center. Each time I enter a new product code and that new code becomes the one my PC activates against. When I run the script it reads my Media Center key as that's the one my PC is using and activating against. When I noticed that it occurred to me that in robinpe's case, it was just going to read the code that's not working for him and that that "may" not actually be his embedded code. It should be but there is no way to tell for sure. It was just an observation. He in effect just typed the same not working product code back in.
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  10. #20


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    David, Please don't take what I said the wrong way, it was good idea. And I didn't mean to imply that you don't know what your doing or anything. It might sound like that but that wasn't my intension.
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