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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #40


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Ermac. I'm happy to hear you got it sorted.

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  2. #41


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    OK, I have the retail version of Win 8 Pro (on disks, not the downloaded version) and obtained, installed and activated WMC during
    the 'free' promo period.
    Now, as I understand it, if I need to re-install my OS, I can then input the WMC key and WMC will be re-installed as well, because
    the WMC key is now tied to the Win 8 Pro product key. I would not need to re-purchase WMC.
    Can someone please confirm or refute this for me, please.
    I do have system-images of Win 8 Pro with WMC installed, so it isn't mission-critical, but I would like to know for sure.
    Sorry for being somewhat off-topic, as I do NOT want to remove/lose WMC.
    Wenda.
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  3. #42


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Wenda,

    You would just need to install Windows 8 and activate with your Windows 8 product key. Afterwards, you would add WMC using step 2 in the tutorial below with your MWC key.

    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #43


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Wenda,

    You would just need to install Windows 8 and activate with your Windows 8 product key. Afterwards, you would add WMC using step 2 in the tutorial below with your MWC key.

    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Technically no, Wenda got the key as a free promo, which means it is the limbo key. That key will stay active, but it can't be used to reactivate after reinstall. You'd need to buy Media pack for $10

    Blame Microsoft. Although technically I can see their point, as people could've stockpiled on keys using multiple accounts.
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  5. #44


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello FuturDreamz,

    The WMC key given away in the free promo is the same one the one you can purchase now for $9.99.

    The only difference is that you had to add and activate the free WMC key on a Windows 8 PC before January 31st 2013 to avoid it being permanently deactivated. After the free key has been activated before that day, you will always be able to use it to add WMC to the same Windows 8 Pro computer in the future.
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  6. #45


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello FuturDreamz,

    The WMC key given away in the free promo is the same one the one you can purchase now for $9.99.

    The only difference is that you had to add and activate the free WMC key on a Windows 8 PC before January 31st 2013 to avoid it being permanently deactivated. After the free key has been activated before that day, you will always be able to use it to add WMC to the same Windows 8 Pro computer in the future.
    Oh? Well i didn't know that. I was positive it was confirmed to be useless after Jan 31rst.
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  7. #46


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Only if you didn't activate the free WMC key by the Jan 31st deadline.
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  8. #47


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    One question: is there a similar strategy to "downgrade" from "Windows 8 Pro Media Center Edition" to "Windows 8"?

    The reason I am asking is that I would like to reuse the activation keys on another system.

    Looking forward to your reply! Thanks.
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  9. #48


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    I don't know if your old Windows 8 key got deactivated when you upgraded, or if Microsoft will allow the upgrade to be moved to another computer.

    After that, I'm reasonably sure it should work, but going from 8 Pro to 8 is a bigger change to the OS than going from Pro Media pack to pro.
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  10. #49


    Posts : 1
    windows 8 pro


    Thanks man work great, and I delete windows.old To get more space. And all my games,apps , settings is there. Thanks again.
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