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How do I remove Windows Edition from desktop

  1. #1


    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    How do I remove Windows Edition from desktop


    I just installed the Windows Media Center feature on my Win 8 Pro edition. After the installation and reboot, I'm now seeing the Windows Edition name in the lower right corner of the desktop.

    Is there a way I can remove that?

    Thanks,
    Greg

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Greg,

    Double check to make sure that your Windows is activated. If not, then you'll need to activate it with your WMC key.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hmmm, I'll have to check but I thought it was already.
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  4. #4


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Windows Media Center also has its own key, since it is a stand alone add-on now.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You did check for windows updates? I remember installing WMC and the message.. But it did go away on it own.. But check activation
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    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    This is what I learned...hopefully it's not too confusing, even though I'm not sure I understand it yet. This computer I'm posting about, I just got it new on Friday. When it started up it went through screens resembling Windows installation. Well, I thought it registered and activated the OS, but it didn't.

    I had a product key to add Windows Media Center. So I went to add the feature and I entered the product key, not knowing the OS was not activated yet. That's when I saw the Windows Edition in the lower right hand corner of the desktop.

    I looked for the product key, usually on a label on the back of the machine but there was nothing. And it was not included in any paperwork. I called Dell Technical Support and they told me that they send information about my machine to Microsoft after it is delivered. And, then Microsoft activates it about a week after I have it. I've not heard of that before maybe some of you on the forum are more familiar with this process.

    So I suppose I wait til after Friday and see if it clears up.

    Any thoughts from you? aka, restore the image back prior to the installation? wait and see if the miracle occurs?

    Thanks,
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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm wondering if you could remove the WMC key then activate by phone.

    Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by gzt7d8 View Post
    This is what I learned...hopefully it's not too confusing, even though I'm not sure I understand it yet. This computer I'm posting about, I just got it new on Friday. When it started up it went through screens resembling Windows installation. Well, I thought it registered and activated the OS, but it didn't.

    I had a product key to add Windows Media Center. So I went to add the feature and I entered the product key, not knowing the OS was not activated yet. That's when I saw the Windows Edition in the lower right hand corner of the desktop.

    I looked for the product key, usually on a label on the back of the machine but there was nothing. And it was not included in any paperwork. I called Dell Technical Support and they told me that they send information about my machine to Microsoft after it is delivered. And, then Microsoft activates it about a week after I have it. I've not heard of that before maybe some of you on the forum are more familiar with this process.

    So I suppose I wait til after Friday and see if it clears up.

    Any thoughts from you? aka, restore the image back prior to the installation? wait and see if the miracle occurs?

    Thanks,
    If you haven't already, you might see if you may be able to activate by phone with your WMC key.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you haven't already, you might see if you may be able to activate by phone with your WMC key.
    Thanks Shawn, I think after talking to Tech Support I'll give it til Friday and see what happens. This activation process they are using now is new to me, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt before I do anything else.

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


    Do you have a Microsoft account ?
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