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Solved Windows 8 De-activated ? HOW TO FIX ?


TeeGee

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#1
Recently my Windows 8 Pro (retail) Activated Laptop has become unactivated. I believe this is due to someone trying to illegaly install Windows 8 Pro, when i already had windows 8.. so now i am stuck with a product ID that will not work. Does anyone know how i could get my old product key back so it will install.

My Disc along with Product key have been misplaced during my relocation of houses.

I have no restore points, or i did have two, but after i attempted one, the other disappeared. Please someone help me out, i have called microsoft, but they just tell me to go purchase another copy :(
 

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SIW2

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I think you are out of luck, if you have lost your retail key.

How did you have a restore point of your original install after "somebody" did a reinstall.
 

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TeeGee

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i had 2 recovery points in the restore/recovery option. but i chose the most recent one instead of the one from a few days ago, and now i dont have either. god damn, now i have to go spend $40 again.
 

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herbrico

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#4
If you have proof of purchase, bill or online mail from Microsoft dhat you purchase online yust call Microsoft is gonna fix dhat for yu...:)
 

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JohnOfE

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#5
Indeed; contact Microsoft would be the way.

$40.00 for a new licence eh? I don't think so! Good luck with that.

If Microsoft is no help, talk to the OEM of your machine. It's their key after all which they sold to you pre-installed.

I wouldn't settle on having to buy a new key, especially at the cost it is now.
 

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TeeGee

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I dont have proof of purchase, but i do have emails from microsoft after opening an account. And i was told by the lady at microsoft it is $40 for a new product key ? So i am just going off her word. I think it is a loud of s*** that this can happen and nothing can be done :(

And it did not come pre-installed i purchased a retail copy.
 

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znod

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You will have to pay the price for the unknown person getting to your laptop and trying something inappropriate and for losing your product key. I think I'd go back to whatever you had before 8.
 

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woot332

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I dont have proof of purchase, but i do have emails from microsoft after opening an account. And i was told by the lady at microsoft it is $40 for a new product key ? So i am just going off her word. I think it is a loud of s*** that this can happen and nothing can be done :(

And it did not come pre-installed i purchased a retail copy.
If your windows 8 was reinstalled you could try to extract the product key form windows.old folder.
Or if it was not reinstalled try to view the internet explorer product key. I think belarc advisor can view it.
 

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caperjack

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Recently my Windows 8 Pro (retail) Activated Laptop has become unactivated. I believe this is due to someone trying to illegaly install Windows 8 Pro, when i already had windows 8.
this i don't fully understand ,how do you think this happened , why do use the word Illegally ,did some steal you laptop and do this ,or do you think it was done online , you could try a program name belaric adviser Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.to retrieve the windows key if the laptop is working . I have see this sort of thing happen because of a Virus also .the activation and the missing restore points are comming to some viruse /trojans /malware
 

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OldMX

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Download RWEverything and read the key from acpi table, then google an online pid checker and see what version is tattoed on bios, if its pro or core, if its one of those then any install disk should help to reinstall clean your windows.
 

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FuturDreamz

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I've always peeled the cod sticker off of the box and stuck it on the computer (after leaving a photocopy in the box. I'd leave a photocopy elsewhere, but all of my computer stuff is in one easy-to-search filing cabinet)

I'm curious as to how the "illegal" install to Windows 8 Pro was done. Aside from the fact that it won't install without a valid key, it could either overwrite all traces of the original key or left it behind in windows.old or something.

I think OP needs to decide if he'd rather pay $40 or take the time to go through every single box in his house.
 

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TeeGee

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I would just like to inform everyone i resolved the issue and am currently very happy :)

I went into system updates and decided to just try them, when it restarted my computer it progressed through all the updates and then begin to read "recovering drive :C" this took a while, but sure enough it mended my broken computer and my original windows 8 retail version is back up and activated :) i have since, created a restore point, and taken not of my product ID, just in case this issue arises again :)
 

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SpyderBite

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I am not sure if MS is still using the same product key registration system as they were when I was working there, but when a copy of Windows would randomly, but consistently require a re-activation; it meant that somebody else was using the same product key to activate a copy of Windows on another computer. Thus de-activating the first activation.

When the person posted above me stated that support said they fixed it; they probably thought they had by reissuing/activating a new product key for your copy of windows. Either they goofed and issued an already activated key or you attempted to reinstall windows again using the old key.

This is way more common with Office 2010 and earlier as it spits the product key back at you immediately during installation whereas windows will only have a problem if the same product key was activated/re-activated on different computers in the past 7 days.
 

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Narayan

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I think you should download Windows Product Key Finder

Windows Product Key Finder - Home

After that you open it on the computer where your Windows 8 is installed and there your Product Key will be shown.

With that product key you reactivate your Windows. The problem will be gone.

Hope It helps...... :) Best of luck...:thumbsup:
 

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