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Windows Media Center key not working!

  1. #1


    Winnipeg, Canada
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre RTM

    Windows Media Center key not working!


    Hi there folks. I recently purchased a new computer with Windows 8 pre-installed. I purchased a Media Center key and all was well. I had to reinstall the operating system using a system restore disk and upgraded to Windows 8.1. When I try the Media Centre key again it says it won't work. It offers no troubleshooting or support help. So I'm turning to you. Any ideas?

    Snarks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Seems that some MC keys work & some not, call MS, they seem to be giving out new keys.
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  3. #3


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


    Were you already running 8 Pro + MC when you updated to 8.1? If so check the system page (Windows key + pause/break key) to see if you are already at 8.1 Pro + MC.
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  4. #4


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    just saying !
    when I first read this thread ,it prompted me to install wmc on a new install of win8.1 pro,so I did using the wmc key I had saved ,now its says windows is not activated and no matter what win8.1 pro hey I try[I have a msdn acct ] none will work to reactivate windows .weird .I will reinstall windows to fix it as its the simplest fix for me .

    Edit =don't use wmp much so I fixed mine by reinstalling windows
    Last edited by caperjack; 05 Jan 2014 at 12:22.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    just saying !
    when I first read this thread ,it prompted me to install wmc on a new install of win8.1 pro,so I did using the wmc key I had saved ,now its says windows is not activated and no matter what win8.1 pro hey I try[I have a msdn acct ] none will work to reactivate windows .weird .I will reinstall windows to fix it as its the simplest fix for me .

    Edit =don't use wmp much so I fixed mine by reinstalling windows
    Once you upgrade to 8.X Pro + MC it will not accept Pro keys though the change key function. It's looking for Media Center keys, that's why your 8 Pro TechNet keys wouldn't work. That's one downfall of the upgrade, activation doesn't happen until after you have upgraded to MC and rebooted. If it then fails you have no easy way back to 8.X Pro.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If it then fails you have no easy way back to 8.X Pro.
    yeah,no restore points ,so I just formatted and loaded win8.1 enterprise to play with it.
    it was actually a install on a ssd drive that I transferred from my other computer to a new barebone I got for Christmas from tigerdirect
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Ah, I've bought a lot of PC stuff from TigerDirect over the years. Now that Newegg has a Canadian site I'm buying from them too. TigerDirect's prices seem to be a little higher than NewEgg's but their shipping is faster. I've had one MC fail activation when I transferred it to a new PC. It activated by phone no problem though so I didn't have to reinstall.
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  9. #9


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    for me I could not find the key I used for my win8 pro install,and any I tried would not work ,and I wanted to reinstall windows anyway, but I will bookmark that link for nextime it might happen
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