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Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #80


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    64-bit Windows 10


    DK,

    I'm glad to hear it went well.

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  2. #81


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    Windows 8.1


    I have a Surface Pro that came with Windows 8, which I then updated to 8.1.

    I added WMC and the key is no good, so I tried to follow this. The only thing is that when I click on the iso link they are for retail versions. None recognize my original product key.

    I tried a System Restore point but it goes back only to where I added WMC but before I restarted.

    Can I use the "refresh" option rather than an ISO ? I also would be happy to buy a new WMC key for the $9.99 but I do not know how to do it because of the add features already thinks it worked. Is there a way to buy a key seperately, that would be easier for me then to try and get correct iso, burn to usb and reinstall.
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  3. #82


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by jmsnyc View Post
    I have a Surface Pro that came with Windows 8, which I then updated to 8.1.

    I added WMC and the key is no good, so I tried to follow this. The only thing is that when I click on the iso link they are for retail versions. None recognize my original product key.

    I tried a System Restore point but it goes back only to where I added WMC but before I restarted.

    Can I use the "refresh" option rather than an ISO ? I also would be happy to buy a new WMC key for the $9.99 but I do not know how to do it because of the add features already thinks it worked. Is there a way to buy a key seperately, that would be easier for me then to try and get correct iso, burn to usb and reinstall.
    Hello jmsync,

    I'm not sure how you added WMC to begin with since it requires a valid WMC key to be able to add it.

    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    How did you originally add WMC?
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  4. #83


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    I used a key that was a free key from way back. It worked but then both regular activation and phone activation failed.
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  5. #84


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    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you should be able to refresh or reset Windows to sort it.
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  6. #85


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Refresh does not work, it gives an error, I am guessing it is because I added a feature

    reset will wipe my files and programs.
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  7. #86


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Unless you have an image backup available, I'm not sure there's any other option available since you don't have a restore point available dated before this.
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  8. #87


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by jmsnyc View Post
    I also would be happy to buy a new WMC key for the $9.99 but I do not know how to do it because of the add features already thinks it worked. Is there a way to buy a key seperately, that would be easier for me then to try and get correct iso, burn to usb and reinstall.
    I spent the better part of an hour on the phone with most of MS's Indian employees trying to just buy the key. Cannot be done. If you don't get it from within windows via the upgrade process, you can't get it. At least not the $9.99 version. They'll happily sell you you the $100 key.. as I was asked if I wanted it a dozen times. I was flat out told you cannot buy the $9.99 key directly from them. I was in the same situation as you. Tried to use the 'freebie' key I snagged back a year or two ago. It expired apparently.
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  9. #88


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    I ended up refreshing after undoing the regedit mentioned earlier in this thread.

    This sadly reverted me back to Windows 8 and now I am stuck on Windows Update issues, which I need to resolve before reinstalling W8.1

    I though refresh was not suppose to remove programs but it seems like it did.

    Anyway, as I mentioned the hassle was not worth the $10. I think Microsoft should have included WMC in 8 Pro especially since they are basically not even supporting it anymore.

    Lessons Learned:
    * Create System Restore Point before trying anything like this
    * Have a better recovery strategy which may lead me to starting a new thread - unless I find a good existing one
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  10. #89


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    Win 8.1 Pro


    Thanks OP. I signed up to this forum because this post helped me a lot. Since it's now 2014 and most people are on Win 8.1, I thought I'd share my problem and resolution.

    Basically, I had Win 8 Pro upgrade key, updated to Win 8.1 (free from Windows Store), I then applied the free Win 8 Media Center key (from 2013) which invalidated my Win 8.1 Pro key. I was going to follow this guide to restore Windows using my Win 8 Pro install disk. However, since I already upgraded to Win 8.1, the installer did not give me the option to keep my settings, files and apps (as per step 9 of this guide). To overcome this, I had to:

    1. Download Windows 8.1 Pro install files by following this guide. Note that step 2 of that guide is particularly important to allow 8.1 ISO to be downloaded using a Win 8 key.

    2. After creating my new Win 8.1 Pro install disk, I followed the guide in this post.
    Make sure that in Step 3, the ProductName is set "Windows 8.1 Pro". For step 8, use the generic Win 8.1 Pro key: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB (or see this guide for other Win 8.1 versions).

    3. It then gave me the option to keep settings, files and apps. Continue install as per this guide.

    4. Once Win 8.1 Pro has been reinstalled, you can then activate your Windows 8.1 Pro with your Windows 8 key (again see this guide for info).

    After doing the above, I was able to get back my Windows 8.1 Pro activated and without Media Center. My apps and settings were all there as well. Again, thanks to Original Poster for this handy guide.
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