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New PC and Windows 8.1 Activation by Phone

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    New PC and Windows 8.1 Activation by Phone


    I just put together my pc, I changed everything but the hard drives and videocard. when I put in my key to activate windows it said my key was being used on a different pc and to call a number if I changed hardware. I called and everything worked fine, my question is am I going to have to do this every time I reinstall windows now? and if I do, next time I call and the system asks how many computers I have used the key on, do I say 2 now or still 1.

    Thanks for your time.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Gdx View Post
    I just put together my pc, I changed everything but the hard drives and videocard. when I put in my key to activate windows it said my key was being used on a different pc and to call a number if I changed hardware. I called and everything worked fine, my question is am I going to have to do this every time I reinstall windows now? and if I do, next time I call and the system asks how many computers I have used the key on, do I say 2 now or still 1.

    Thanks for your time.
    Next time, you could uninstall your product key first then continue on to the next phase, or, clean install next time so your key is not registered as 'in use'.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    I didint know you could uninstall your windows key, I just looked up how to do it. Thanks
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  4. #4


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Gdx View Post
    next time I call and the system asks how many computers I have used the key on, do I say 2 now or still 1.
    How to transfer Windows 8/8.1 license to new computer. -> link

    Note: The activation robot asks you how many PC's you have installed Windows on. The correct answer is number 1.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Next time, you could uninstall your product key first then continue on to the next phase, or, clean install next time so your key is not registered as 'in use'.
    Never works for me. I think uninstalling your key does nothing - I always have to phone up anyway if I haven't saved my activation tokens (I swap between VM and native boot a lot - several times a day).
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Thanks
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Next time, you could uninstall your product key first then continue on to the next phase, or, clean install next time so your key is not registered as 'in use'.
    Never works for me. I think uninstalling your key does nothing - I always have to phone up anyway if I haven't saved my activation tokens (I swap between VM and native boot a lot - several times a day).
    Your just removing the Key from windows - it does not un-register the activation with MS

    Good for removing a Hacked Key from Windows.. Or forcing the guy who purchased your PC to buy his own key..
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