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switching from cracked win8 to legal copy ?

  1. #11


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    windows 8.1 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by anarchoi View Post
    My friend is running a cracked version of Windows 8 and he got the "activate windows" watermark on the screen.

    He wants to buy a legal copy of windows 8 but he doesn't want to format and reinstall. Basically, he just wants to buy it so the watermark can diseapear.

    So is there a way to pay to register a cracked copy of Windows 8 without having to reinstall ? How ?

    I love how they go "my friend" its always "my friend". Right...

    But anyways the only option you have is either get a legit key and activate it with that. If that dont work reformat only option. I guess it wasnt cracked why he is switching. lol

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  2. #12


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can do an IN-PLACE install of Windows 8, it has to be the exact same version. All of the files added for cracking it will be removed, from that point you should be able to use "Activate" and buy a legit key. I've done this twice.

    I can't go into detail, but the cracks add files to the system. An In-Place install will remove them, cos it flushes out the Windows folder. So just stick a Windows 8 install disk and do an In Place install from the Desktop, and try to activate it, let us know what it does.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by phrozen ghost View Post

    I love how they go "my friend" its always "my friend". Right...

    But anyways the only option you have is either get a legit key and activate it with that. If that dont work reformat only option. I guess it wasnt cracked why he is switching. lol
    cracking causes a huge Black Screen of Deth issue, usually you dont get as far as the desktop to see any messages.

    He should be able to call them and buy a key from them, I remember seeing a phone number in there. I don't know if it's still the same though, the Tutorial someone posted a link to looks about right.
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  4. #14


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You can try:
    1. Open the elevated command prompt and run: sfc /scannow --> This should replace all the cracked system files and set Windows back to unactivated status.
    2. Activate it with the new legal key
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  5. #15


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That'll work too, the "Buy New Key" link should be readily available in the activation window.
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