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


tonymarcus

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#21
You'd regret going from Windows 8 to Vista, you system would be twice as slow!
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home Built System
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66Ghz, Overclocked to 3.3Ghz
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    Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS5
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    8GB XMS2 4GB DDR2 PC2-8500
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    Zalman 9700NT
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    I did a fresh format and install of Windows 8 64 Bit Pro. Sorry but I couldn't live without a start button so I have installed the Start8 start menu which is great. I try sometimes not to use it but find metro frustrating to find programs as I have many. I will use Metro for apps only and desktop of serious computing.

Nalydyenlo

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#22
Yeah, I've heard it's pretty sluggish. Wouldn't do any harm to put it on a second partition and have a dual boot setup though. Microsoft doesn't have any option to upgrade from Vista for free do they? Now that'd be sweet.

EDIT: ...sweet, but totally unnecessary as I already have 8.1!:sarc:
 

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    windows 8

tonymarcus

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#23
why not just stick with what you have got and worry about having to do a reinstall if/when the time comes. I used Vista for years from 2007 when is was launched to the start of last year on a powerful PC at the time but it was very slow. To use the computer I would have to switch it on then have a cup of tea, 5-10 minutes later it was usable, on the same rig with Win 8 the PC is usable after about 60-70 seconds, the motherboard takes about 30 seconds of that as it's now about 5 years old.

I honestly think you would regret it big time if you screwed up your Win 8 to install Vista, Vista and even Win 7 look dated compared to 8 and that's from an early Win 8 hater!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home Built System
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66Ghz, Overclocked to 3.3Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS5
    Memory
    8GB XMS2 4GB DDR2 PC2-8500
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte 660GTX 2GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SMS27B970D
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1xSAMSUNG SSD 840 Pro Series Basic 2.5" - 512 GB - Boot drive
    2xSamsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
    PSU
    Corsair 520HX
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    Zalman 9700NT
    Internet Speed
    12Mb/s
    Other Info
    I did a fresh format and install of Windows 8 64 Bit Pro. Sorry but I couldn't live without a start button so I have installed the Start8 start menu which is great. I try sometimes not to use it but find metro frustrating to find programs as I have many. I will use Metro for apps only and desktop of serious computing.

theog

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#24
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.
:ditto:
The sale of a PC with Windows 8 installed without a certificate of authenticity is a CRIME.

Therefore return.
 

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

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Mr Sardonicus

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#25

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    Self built
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    Intel Core i7-4790
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    GA-Z87X-D3H
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    G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
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    Realtek ALC892
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    Zalman CNPS9900ALED
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    Logitech K800
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    16 Mbps
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    Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speakers
#26
In Virginia there is a State Corporation Commission.(They issue business licenses)

If a pawn shop knowingly sells illegal goods they will have their business license revoked.

Each state has something similar.

You could contact yours & talk the situation over.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
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    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
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    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
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    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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    AMD K140
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    Avast Internet Security

Nalydyenlo

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#27
....You could contact yours & talk the situation over.
Nah, seems a bit extreme. After all, when I think about it, I did quite well. I got two OS's for the price of one - a fully legit OEM Windows Vista and as some would argue, a not so legit Windows 8 (even though it's permanently activated and seems genuine!) Plus ,the PC's specs themselves are pretty good.

tonymarcus said:
...why not just stick with what you have got and worry about having to do a reinstall if/when the time comes...
Yeah, I'm gonna do that. Partition imaging backup software seems like the way to go in case I ever need to reformat. It's no big deal anyway. I did however manage to restore the original Vista Home Premium (SP1) that was on a hidden factory restore partition. So now I have a dual boot, and I gotta say, I don't mind Vista at all! I prefer the look and feel of Vista to 7 & 8, whatever about boot times and alleged RAM hogging. It doesn't seem that bad to me at all! I think it got a bad reputation when it came out first because 1.) there wasn't great hardware/driver support at the time and 2) it was a lot different to the much loved XP. I'm currently downloading SP2 for it. The service packs, they say, have ironed out a lot of the original bugs and faults. I've already played a few games on it like Just Cause 2 and Batman Arkham and I didn't notice any performance deterioration compared to that of win 7 or 8, so, for now, I'm happy enough with my new (legal) OS.
 

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    windows 8

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#28
It's not actually permanently activated by the way. Activation is rechecked from time to time, maybe every time you boot up. If that code gets blacklisted you'll get a not genuine warning. Then the next time you try to activate with it, say after a reinstall, it will fail activation. Activation is not a one time good forever type of deal.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
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    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
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    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
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    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
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    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
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    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
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    Thermaltake TR 620
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    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
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    Stock heatsink fan
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    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
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    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
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Nalydyenlo

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#29
It's not actually permanently activated by the way. Activation is rechecked from time to time, maybe every time you boot up. If that code gets blacklisted you'll get a not genuine warning. Then the next time you try to activate with it, say after a reinstall, it will fail activation. Activation is not a one time good forever type of deal.
I'll still have the Vista Home Premium that the PC shipped with from the factory. I'm using it now and I kinda like it. Thread solved!:party:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8