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  1. #51


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Margaret View Post
    Hi all - complete novice here so please bear with! - I received an email from Microsoft to say I must activate my free product key by Jan 31 - it then gives me the product key - and the steps to follow to add same. However, try as I might - I cannot get those steps to work. Any advice please would be much appreciated.
    Assuming you have used the 'Turn Windows Features On or Off' tutorial already + you have Windows Pro, try the following:

    1. Press Windows+R key to open the Run dialog, type slui.exe 3, and click/tap OK.

    2. Type in your new 25-digit product key number, verify it is correctly typed in, and click/tap on Activate.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 27 Jan 2013 at 09:19.

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  2. #52


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtweaker View Post
    Anyone know how to uninstall WMC? Its not showing up anywhere in installed programs and cant uninstall from the metro start screen.
    See: Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro
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  3. #53


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtweaker View Post
    Anyone know how to uninstall WMC? Its not showing up anywhere in installed programs and cant uninstall from the metro start screen.
    See: Media Center - Remove and Go Back to Windows 8 Pro
    ^ That's the trick I was referring too, thanks Ex_Brit.
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  4. #54


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    You're welcome ;-)
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  5. #55


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    Windows 8


    Thankyou both - Alphanumeric and Ex Brit - for your assistance. Hopefully I have now completed the task successfully!!
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  6. #56


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    Good. All the best ;-)
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  7. #57


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Margaret View Post
    Hi all - complete novice here so please bear with! - I received an email from Microsoft to say I must activate my free product key by Jan 31 - it then gives me the product key - and the steps to follow to add same. However, try as I might - I cannot get those steps to work. Any advice please would be much appreciated.
    Assuming you have used the 'Turn Windows Features On or Off' tutorial already + you have Windows Pro, try the following:

    1. Press Windows+R key to open the Run dialog, type slui.exe 3, and click/tap OK.

    2. Type in your new 25-digit product key number, verify it is correctly typed in, and click/tap on Activate.
    Thank you!
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  8. #58


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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    You're welcome.
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  9. #59


    Hi, sorry if the question was asked before (and sorry for my english! )

    This free Media center code, properly activated within the 31/01, can be reused again in a future clean reinstall of Win8?

    eg: in February my hd breaks (oh well I hope is not the case! ) > I do a clean install of Win8 from scratch on a new hd and I make its activation > then I enter the MediaCenter serial which I already used previously > what happens?
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  10. #60


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bubblebobble View Post
    Hi, sorry if the question was asked before (and sorry for my english! )

    This free Media center code, properly activated within the 31/01, can be reused again in a future clean reinstall of Win8?

    eg: in February my hd breaks (oh well I hope is not the case! ) > I do a clean install of Win8 from scratch on a new hd and I make its activation > then I enter the MediaCenter serial which I already used previously > what happens?
    Yes, you can use it again latter on, even on a clean install, as long as you activate it at least once before the 31st.
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