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Activate Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #1


    St. Louis, MO
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

    Activate Back to Windows 8 Pro


    Searching the internet, I found that apparently "Windows Media Center" is free for Windows 8 (or, was, rather). I searched online for a key, tossed in the first one that popped up, and restarted my computer. After this, I learned that the promotion was no longer available, and that the key has exceeded its unlock limit. So, I tried entering my own key. But, Windows is now upset that they key I entered is not a Windows 8 Pro with Media Center key, and wants me to give that instead.

    My question is, how can I go back to Windows 8 Pro? I have my own key, but it doesn't want me to use it. It wants me to use the installer instead. Is it possible to revert back to Windows 8 Pro without having to re-install Windows?

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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  3. #3


    Yep...it happened to me with a valid key. Turns out that the valid key is only good for one email and one install on a particular PC. I tried the above mentioned tutorial and it worked very well.
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  4. #4


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


    Yes, the Media Center Keys have the same restrictions as your 8, or 8 Pro keys. You can only activate with that key on one PC at a time. The MC keys that were for the preview releases were good for multiple activations. The final version though is like Windows 8, one key for one PC. If you want to install on a second PC you need another key.
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  5. #5


    Oregon
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    Had the same issue and wish I'd seen this tutorial a couple of days ago. Instead, I spent a morning being switch around MS support until Mary was able to fix the issue in about five minutes. Basically she gave me a valid product code at no cost.
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