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WMC add-on changes cd key of OS installed


churin

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Installing WMC Add-On appears to change W8's cd key to that used to install the add-on. I had to re-activate the OS after that. The new OS's name is shown as "Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center".

I am wondering if the CD Key for W8 Pro remains valid. What is the process of reinstalling W8 Pro with WMC without its setup DVD. Anyone did the reinstall?
 
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churin

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Thank you for your help.
I wondered if the W8 Pro CD Key was invalidated since it was replaced with the new CD key which appeared to be for entire W8, not just for the add-on. So, your reply indicates that the new CD Key remains to be just for the add-on. Then, why change the CD Key as shown on the system properties? It is confusing.
 

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    8GBx2 DDR3 1866 G.Skill F3-1866C9D-16GXM
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    Radeon R7 360
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    Asus Xonar DS
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    Samsung 840Pro SSD 256GB, Samsung 850 Pro 1TBx2 RAID1
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Both keys will always remain valid.

When you install the WMC with it's key, it basically updates and changes your "Windows 8 Pro" edition to be the "Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center" edition now instead.

This is why they have separate keys for separate editions. You just can't do a direct clean install of "Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center". Instead you have to go through the routine I posted about to clean install Pro, then add WMC again.
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    Lumia 1520 phone

churin

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I completely understand what you stated.

This is my gripe: Just as we install any third party software, why don't MS let the CD Key be used for activating the add-on and leaving the CD Key of the OS unchanged? After all, the CD Key is only associated with the add-on.

After installing the add-on in my case I had to re-activate the OS. I had no idea why. The on-line acitivation did not work and it said "This CD Key is already used for another computer". This was crazy since I just got the CD Key and entered it for the very first time! I had to use tedious and time consuming activation by phone.:mad:

This must be one of the wonderful new features of W8.:(
 

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    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult
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    CPU
    AMD FX 6300 x6
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
    Memory
    8GBx2 DDR3 1866 G.Skill F3-1866C9D-16GXM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R7 360
    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P2715Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840Pro SSD 256GB, Samsung 850 Pro 1TBx2 RAID1
    PSU
    Corsair CX430M 500W
    Case
    Corsair 200R
    Cooling
    Zallman CNPS5X
    Internet Speed
    180Mbps/12Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox & IE
    Other Info
    BD Writer LG WH14NS40, DVD RW Pioneer DVR-218L

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#6
It was just something in the activation process that failed. It shouldn't do it all the time though unless you change computers or motherboard.
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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