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Windows 8 Media Center Pack - Wasn't It Supposed To Be Free For Pro?

  1. #11


    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    OK, because it's going to mean that I will have to run an elevated cmd script to change the product key when I get it. They don't make things easy on 8.

    I'll stay in my Vista OS until the emails come in, I re-requested them so will probably get several...LOL
    NO. Under Control Panel use Add Features to Windows 8 and chose "I already have a product key" and enter the new key.

    Jim

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  2. #12


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    I must have missed that, will take a look when I boot into 8 later, thanks. Once this feature had been added I thought that link had been removed but I could be wrong. It certainly wasn't present on the desktop, right-click Computer > Properties. It just tells me it's activated and when I look at the details gives the new key and no option to change it there like in other OS's.

    In any case as they refunded it the key will eventually be detected as invalid and hopefully then the system will ask for a new one, if the above doesn't pan out.
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  3. #13


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Well I couldn't wait to take a look and no that option isn't there any more.

    This is as close as I can get which gives no option to change the product key:
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  4. #14


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I didn't know you already installed the other key. There was a note on the MS site that said to remove WMC you had to do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro. Looks like you are in the pickle barrel on this one. Maybe a call to MS support is in order.

    Jim
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  5. #15


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    There is a way of changing the key or removing the old one and starting activation in motion again I found on the Internet. It just has to be a key for Win 8 w/MC that's all.

    How to edit or change Windows 8 Product Key

    Had problem entering new Windows 8 product key and activating it with DNS error. Lookup and found we can change the product key the same way as how to change in Windows 7.

    Solution:

    Run command prompt as Administrator
    Type ‘slmgr.vbs /ipk’ followed by your (TechNet or MSDN) product key. (I suspect any product key as long as the Win 8 version is the same)

    slmgr.vbs /ipk SSSSS-TTTTT-UUUUU-VVVVV-WWWWW
    Last step, will be activating the Windows after changing the key.

    slmgr.vbs –ato

    You’ll see a pop up message box once you have successfully activated the product.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 25 Oct 2012 at 15:25.
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  6. #16


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    By the way I'm not actually removing MC anyway. Just reactivating it.
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  7. #17


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    ..and here's yet another tute, this one even gives a method of bringing up the GUI to achieve the same effect (see the bottom)

    How to Change the Product Key in Windows 8
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  8. #18


    Aurora, CO
    Posts : 21
    Windows 8 Professional (x64)

    Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    OK, it was like pulling teeth but got a refund finally.

    I used that link you gave and have been waiting for that email to arrive for at least an hour now...did you use it?
    Same here. It stated it is available from Oct 26 so you may not get it until tomorrow. Also it has to be activated before Jan 31. But its free.

    Jim
    Hi Guys,

    Thanks, this was valuable information.

    Don
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  9. #19


    It seems that MS doesn't wanna send me a free WMC key. I registered for a key yesterday, but nothing has come.
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  10. #20


    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    It looks like no one has received their key yet (I know I haven't). Not sure why
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