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  1. #101


    The DM notation is short from MSDM (Microsoft Data Management ) table and applies to all versions with embedded keys.

    I agree a clean install of Win 8.1 would be best.

    There is something funky about that install - that Win Next key does not belong on a Win8.1 installation - I suspect the upgrade process corrupted the licencing files, thus the de-activation.

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  2. #102


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, thanks Superfly. I'm on my desktop PC, which doesn't have an embedded key. the OEM DM thing had me confused. If I had been on my laptop I would have likely clued in. Yeah, there is something weird with that install. I'd be worried its compromised, depending on where the ISO was obtained from.
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  3. #103


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    My activation issues happened well before 10 rolled out. My previous HD failed and I had to get a new one, it's actually an SSD (I'm not sure if that makes any difference at all??).

    Thank dear Luna it's allowing me to keep my files, last five or six times I tried reinstalling Windows to see if I couldn't get the Universal key to go through it wouldn't let me ;__; Backing up everything when you've only got cloud storage is a pain in the ass. Especially when you're split between three different accounts for it. When it prompts me for the key, I should just put in the OEM version key, right?

    Ugh, Getting nervous that my OEM key won't take now ;__; I just want to upgrade to 10!
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  4. #104


    Your OEM should take with a clean installation of Win 8.1,
    A change in HDD is not enough for activation count exceeded unless other hardware has been changed as well in which case the cumulative effect could result in your key being overused.
    If so, after the new install, post a diagnostic report in the Updates and Activation forum and we'll check if that is the case.
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  5. #105


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Who installed the current version of Windows 8.1? And where did they obtain the install media? Those generic universal install keys are blacklisted. They will not activate. If they did everybody would use them to get Windows 8.1 for free. In the early days of Windows 8.1, you could not install it without entering a product code and it would not accept a Windows 8.0 key. You used the universal key to get it installed. Then used change key to enter your Windows 8.0 key and activate. Microsoft fixed it latter on so you didn't have to do that. That universal key will never activate, ever. The fact that it had to be used to do the install in the first place means the wrong ISO was used. If the correct one had been used, the OEM key would have been read and used automatically. I've verified it works myself on my laptop. My MSDN Windows 8.0 and 8.1 ISO's read the 8.0 Core OEM key automatically. Same deal if I use the Windows 8.1 ISO downloaded with the Media Creation Tool. The OEM key is read automatically. If I use the Pro ISO from the MCT though, it asks for a key, as the OEM key in my laptop isn't a Pro key. If you start over with the correct official Microsoft install media it should work.
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  6. #106


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Who installed the current version of Windows 8.1? And where did they obtain the install media? Those generic universal install keys are blacklisted. They will not activate. If they did everybody would use them to get Windows 8.1 for free. In the early days of Windows 8.1, you could not install it without entering a product code and it would not accept a Windows 8.0 key. You used the universal key to get it installed. Then used change key to enter your Windows 8.0 key and activate. Microsoft fixed it latter on so you didn't have to do that. That universal key will never activate, ever. The fact that it had to be used to do the install in the first place means the wrong ISO was used. If the correct one had been used, the OEM key would have been read and used automatically. I've verified it works myself on my laptop. My MSDN Windows 8.0 and 8.1 ISO's read the 8.0 Core OEM key automatically. Same deal if I use the Windows 8.1 ISO downloaded with the Media Creation Tool. The OEM key is read automatically. If I use the Pro ISO from the MCT though, it asks for a key, as the OEM key in my laptop isn't a Pro key. If you start over with the correct official Microsoft install media it should work.
    Very good point alpha, I forgot to mention that it's imperative to have genuine install media.
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  7. #107


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    @alpha
    I'm not sure where he got the media from, I'm assuming Microsoft directly from the same link I see here for the install burn, but the keys we've been using (well, trying to use here lately) is the Universal key for 8.1 that's listed in Wiki. He said he used this before, took a few tries on installation, but it wound up going through the first time he installed a new HD (it wound up having to get replaced with my original before it went totally bad or something, I can't remember the specifics, end story is that I wound up getting an SSD). I didn't know of any way to verify this, but we didn't have my original key and I never got the pop up for activation of a genuine product. And he didn't have any keys of his own that I could have either. It's just been in the past... 6-8 months that the Universal key's not worked for me. He's got a diploma from... a college in St. Louis, where I am. I can't remember which one though... and combined with that my boyfriend used to play MtG with him a lot back in the early years, we trust him pretty well. I'm not 100% positive where the disc is that we used, but it threw me to 8.0 and I had to update manually back to 8.1. Even back with the first HD replacement I had updated to 8.1 and no issues.

    I dunno why it cooperated then and doesn't now. I mean, there's plenty of speculation, but that doesn't help. All I know's that when we got the HD replaced, we had to leave my laptop with him so that we could go to work, so we weren't there for the boring bits, but I had no issues with activation, he said it took a few tries to get it to take the key but it did eventually and I got up to 8.1 with no problems at all.

    I'll go ahead and run the install though and update you guys with the results!


    Edit:
    Weeeeeell.

    So, I ran the reinstall.

    It installed just fine, had one BSOD but likely because I forgot to unplug my tablet monitor. Unplugged it and things went smoothly. I got back in, checked ShowKey and then my Activate Windows. ShowKey updated to a new thing. OEM and Original now reflect OEM. Activate Windows held onto the Universal key I had used? but it took my OEM key. I guess all that remains is to wait like 30 days or whatever the timer is (I think it's closer to two weeks?) and see if it pops up all angry at me. You'll be the second to know, my boyfriend the first for me getting huffy at it.
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  8. #108


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Note that generic keys for version of windows later then XP install the operating system in trial mode, and will later make it ask for a new key.<<<<< From here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System...e-installation It's stated right under the table of Generic product codes. That's why your getting activation prompts now. 46V6N-VCBYR-KT9KT-6Y4YF-QGJYH is in the list , Windows 8.
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  9. #109


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    Well, there went my brain xP Not sure how I got 'universal' out of it then, unless that's the article went through an edit somewhere between February and now where it changed from Universal to Generic xP Now I'm rather curious what code my tech guy used originally since it's rather obvious now that I don't remember that encounter very well.
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  10. #110


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    What showkey lists as original key should be the one that was used to install Windows 8 originally, 46V6N-VCBYR-KT9KT-6Y4YF-QGJYH is the one listed as installed key in your screen shot, and the one currently in use. Google the last 5 characters for the one listed as original key to see if its a leaked or generic key.
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