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    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8 WMC key...


    Is this possible? I think I already asked a question like this in another thread but I couldn't get a straight answer. I know you can activate a clean install of win 8.1 with a win 8 product key but you see, I don't have one - I only have the WMC upgrade key that got installed over it when the previous owner of my PC added the Windows Media Center feature (which I read was free once upon a time). You see I have a retail win8.1_RTM_x86.iso disk image and I want to be able to do a clean install.

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    Your other threads.

    Call MS in some form, for your email to be resent.

    A few Windows 8.1 upgrade questions....

    https://www.eightforums.com/installat...grade-key.html

    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    All I've got is a win 8 pro + media center upgrade key and a win 8.1 pro retail ISO which I downloaded. My original win 8 key is lost and unrecoverable. I know I can install 8.1 pro from the ISO with a generic key, but will there be any way to activate it? I already have 8.1 installed and activated on my machine (via the app store upgrade), it's just that I want the option to be able to do a fresh install from disk if the need arises.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    Like I said, a WMC pro upgrade key only.
    Recap on the Q & A.

    Your other thread.

    https://www.eightforums.com/installat...grade-key.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Dell
    I have had this same problem and for some reason i did not have the email anymore, I was directed to this site https://www.mswos.com/ but i needed an order no that was on the email that i did not have so i went on to windows store site and went to live chat and asked them to help.I gave them my email address but they would not tell me anything until i gave them my billing address last 4 digits from the card i used to pay with and my phone No for security then hey presto they sent me the email again hope this helps.
    Dell
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    or
    Live Chat with Customer Service
    Microsoft Support

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    No. If you install 8.1 Pro with the generic key and then try to enter a new key it will not accept the MC key, it will only accept an 8 Pro key. Also you can't upgrade to Media Center from 8 Pro unless your 8 Pro install is activated. The generic install keys will not activate so you won't be able to upgrade to Media center though Add Features. You can't install with a MC key, it can only be used though Add Features. IMHO you are flogging a dead horse.
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    The WMC key is strictly an add-on key......not an activation key.
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    OK, thanks all. I guess that's as definitive an answer as I'm going to get. Shame! I downloaded that retail ISO for nothing. Was hoping there'd be some kind of a workaround. I can always back up my activated copy of win 8.1 anyway using disk imaging software, but it's not an ideal solution. To be able to perform a clean installation using an ISO would be superior, but seeing as how I wouldn't be able to activate it with the WMC key, it's a no go - unless of course some clever person has a (legitimate of course) workaround. (I'm still not 100% convinced that this particular horse is totally dead!)
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    it's a no go - unless of course some clever person has a (legitimate of course) workaround.
    Have your email resent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    it's a no go - unless of course some clever person has a (legitimate of course) workaround.
    Have your email resent.
    I believe he already has the WMC key, but not the Windows 8 key.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sardonicus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    it's a no go - unless of course some clever person has a (legitimate of course) workaround.
    Have your email resent.
    I believe he already has the WMC key, but not the Windows 8 key.

    Only the proof of purchase is need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sardonicus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    Have your email resent.
    I believe he already has the WMC key, but not the Windows 8 key.

    Only the proof of purchase is need.

    Which, as I admitted in my last post, I don't have!
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