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  1. #11


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    I wanna come clean. I don't have a Microsoft account and there was never any e-mail with a product key. Technically, I didn't buy Windows at all - my PC is second hand and I got it with Windows 8 + wmc activated (at the local pawn shop). The sticker on the case says that Vista was the original OS on it. So, the windows 8 WMC key is the closest I have to any kind of product key.
    Take the PC back to the local pawn shop as you only have a Legal version of Vista.

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    Quote Originally Posted by microsoft
    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new

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  2. #12


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


    If there is no Windows 8 COA sticker on that PC you (technically) do not have a license to run Windows 8 on that PC. If you want to be totally legal and above board your going to have to buy Windows 8.1, if that's what you want to use. Right now your likely running on borrowed time anyway. If the original owner of that PC tries to reuse that MC key your PC will likely fail activation at some point. Its almost guarantied that the original Windows 8 Pro key used to install Windows is in use on another PC. Even if you could find it you couldn't use it. As far as I know there is no legal workaround for your situation, other than buying a new key. I doubt anybody here is going to help you cheat the system.
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  3. #13


    I'm not trying to cheat the system. I have a valid activated copy of win 8.1 which I purchased at a shop with a PC. I remember the guy at the shop showing me that the activation was valid and permanent. I then upgraded for free from 8. I only found out a few weeks after that the key installed on the system was only a poxy WMC upgrade key and that I couldn't use it to re-activate after a fresh install! If anything, I've been cheated out of being able to do a fresh install from disk.
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  4. #14


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


    Pawn it & buy a new one.
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  5. #15


    Are you kidding, it's got awesome specs!
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  6. #16


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    Are you kidding, it's got awesome specs!
    I just said that because used computers can be a lot of trouble.

    I would suggest buying the system you want & install it.

    All the old stuff will be gone.

    {Check your reps.}
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  7. #17


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    I'm not trying to cheat the system. I have a valid activated copy of win 8.1 which I purchased at a shop with a PC. I remember the guy at the shop showing me that the activation was valid and permanent. I then upgraded for free from 8. I only found out a few weeks after that the key installed on the system was only a poxy WMC upgrade key and that I couldn't use it to re-activate after a fresh install! If anything, I've been cheated out of being able to do a fresh install from disk.
    You say your not trying to cheat the system but on the other hand you made comments in another similar thread about using an illegal KMS activation server. Now your asking for workarounds? I'm sorry your in this fix but I don't think there is really anything anybody here can do for you. The reality is you are going to have to buy a copy of Windows 8 or 8.1 at some point for that PC. If you have a bone to pick its with the pawn shop that sold you the PC. In this case I guess its buyer beware. It sucks but that's the way things go sometimes when buying used hardware.
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  8. #18


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    I'm not trying to cheat the system. I have a valid activated copy of win 8.1 which I purchased at a shop with a PC. I remember the guy at the shop showing me that the activation was valid and permanent. I then upgraded for free from 8. I only found out a few weeks after that the key installed on the system was only a poxy WMC upgrade key and that I couldn't use it to re-activate after a fresh install! If anything, I've been cheated out of being able to do a fresh install from disk.
    Without
    The certificate of authenticity,
    The product key
    The proof of purchase
    you have a illegal install.

    Therefore return.
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  9. #19


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


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    I'm not trying to cheat the system. I have a valid activated copy of win 8.1 which I purchased at a shop with a PC. I remember the guy at the shop showing me that the activation was valid and permanent. I then upgraded for free from 8. I only found out a few weeks after that the key installed on the system was only a poxy WMC upgrade key and that I couldn't use it to re-activate after a fresh install! If anything, I've been cheated out of being able to do a fresh install from disk.
    Without
    The certificate of authenticity,
    The product key
    The proof of purchase
    you have a illegal install.

    Therefore return.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    Without
    The certificate of authenticity,
    The product key
    The proof of purchase
    you have a illegal install.

    Therefore return.

    I'm not going to return it now. I've had it for months and I'm quite happy with it. I'm just a bit miffed that I won't be able to activate a clean install of 8.1 if ever I have to. It's not a huge big deal really - I've just discovered it has a hidden vista recovery partition and that a factory restore is possible. Might check it out - I never used Vista before.
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