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  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, its not just me so I'll just wait and see.

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  2. #12


    Kansas
    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    Still don't have mine. 13 hours and counting...
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  3. #13


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    18 hours and still no email.......
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by freibooter View Post
    But what if I have to re-install my Windows after that time? Will I have to buy a new one or will Microsoft be clever enough to at least allow activation of any key that has at least been activated once before that date?
    I too am interested in this same thing. Anybody know for sure.
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  5. #15


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Until we find out I will be making a couple of image backups.
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  6. #16


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Nothing here and it's now 20 hours. Patience is a virtue....so they say.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Just got one in my inbox. It will be interesting to see if I get any more, I tried three times. I would imagine the activate by Jan 31st 2013 means you have to use or loose it. If you don't activate before that date you code expires and is no good after that date. If you activate before that cut off date you can keep using it even after that date. It wouldn't make sense (to me anyway) to block it after that date even if used/activated. Its typical though for Microsoft to print something like that and let you try and figure it out.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 27 Jan 2013 at 07:42.
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  8. #18


    Hafnarfjöršur IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Just got one in my inbox. It will be interesting to see if I hey any more, I tried three times. I would imagine the activate by Jan 31st 2013 means you have to use or loose it. If you don't activate before that date you code expires and is no good after that date. If you activate before that cut off date you can keep using it even after that date. It wouldn't make sense (to me anyway) to block it after that date even if used/activated. Its typical though for Microsoft to print something like that and let you try and figure it out.
    Hi everyone.

    doesn't work.
    tried om a VM where I set the date to one day before W8 expiry -- fine

    after expiry -- didn't work.

    tried again where date was set on a NEW VM past the W8 expiry date.

    No joy either.

    I'd suggest don't try these dubious methods of activating W8 -- just download the version you want.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #19


    Only works on an 'upgrade' install... I mean if you have the unactivated Windows 8 Pro, it will not work to activate Media Center.
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  10. #20


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Took about 18 hrs but got mine. It installed but didn't auto activate so I had to do it manually and all is fine.

    Jim
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