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  1. #21


    Posts : 5
    win 8 pro

    Windows 8 Pro WMC Upgrade Product Key Fails while Adding


    HELP!

    Upgraded to Win 8 Pro yesterday. Had gotten email from Microsoft with product key for adding WMC. Went to add it and when it was processing it was unsuccessful and rolled back the installation to "original" settings.

    I now realize that was because I had not properly installed my 11 updates after upgrading. Now that I finally have KB2770917 properly installed I went to add WMC again on same computer with windows 8 using same product key that Microsoft emailed me (by cut & paste) it says: This key won't work. Check it and try again, or try a different key.

    I have tried to get this to work all night long. Any help you could give would greatly appreciated!

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  2. #22


    Try typing in the product key, I know that some programs don't accept copy and paste. If I had known about WMC and the key hassle I would never bother with it!!
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  3. #23


    Posts : 5
    win 8 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by dingoden View Post
    Try typing in the product key, I know that some programs don't accept copy and paste. If I had known about WMC and the key hassle I would never bother with it!!
    Tried that several times throughout the evening. Nothing works. It is a clean fresh key. The only time it was used was during the incomplete install. Guess it somehow registered it as used.
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  4. #24


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


    Quote Originally Posted by dingoden View Post
    Hi All,

    I applied for the "free key" for WMC. After a week or so I called MS and the guy there told me to re-apply. I explained that I had a Laptop and Desktop. He said just apply for one so I did and I received the email from MS with a key. I installed WMC and that was fine. Then I went to the laptop and there was the same email so I applied the key to the Laptop and now I have a warning that the product key has been used!. It is my fault, but this appears to mean if you install WMC it will replace that original product key that came with your copy of Windows 8 pro. If one has to reinstall Windows 8 pro at a later date what key would be needed for activation? The original or the WMC key? Perhaps both as required? I wish I had not bothered with WMC, but a freebee for MS..Well, say no more!

    How easy is it to uninstall WMC from the computer?
    Your Media Center key becomes your new Activation key. It can only be used on one PC. You can try to use it on more than one PC but the Microsoft Activation server will likely see that and warn you not to. Ob a reinstall you'll need both keys. Windows 8 Pro install media won't accept the Media Center key during the install. Once its installed and activated you can enter your Media center key in Add Features. This guy uninstalled Media Center without having to reinstall, Remove Window Media Center?
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  5. #25

    All fine and dandy


    OK now. I called MS tech and they fixed it up (logmein to look at my Laptop and an then activated Windows 8) so I am sure that MS have really tightened up the use of product keys. For less than $16 it is well worth the genuine article!
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  6. #26


    Posts : 5
    win 8 pro


    My issue solved during a 5hr session with Microsoft Support. Had to redo the entire upgrade again, apply all win 8 updates, and my original product key worked.
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  7. #27


    Thirlmere
    Posts : 91
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64bit


    Quick question.... What happens say if like a year times i want to do a reinstaill of the OS, am i still able to use my free key??? or wont it work after Jan 31st?
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  8. #28


    The message I got from Microsoft is "Use your Windows 8 product key to install the OS. Then use your "free" key to install WMC."
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  9. #29


    Thirlmere
    Posts : 91
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by dingoden View Post
    The message I got from Microsoft is "Use your Windows 8 product key to install the OS. Then use your "free" key to install WMC."
    So that will still work after Jan 31st?
    Do you just pretty have to be like activate the key before Jan 31st and then you can reuse it for a number of times after that and into 2014
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  10. #30


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchell View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dingoden View Post
    The message I got from Microsoft is "Use your Windows 8 product key to install the OS. Then use your "free" key to install WMC."
    So that will still work after Jan 31st?
    Do you just pretty have to be like activate the key before Jan 31st and then you can reuse it for a number of times after that and into 2014
    It just says it has to be used by Jan 31, no information on reinstalls. I would think that once it is activated it can be reused but it may take a call to MS to get it activated but who knows. Who wants to be the first to try it after Jan 31????

    Jim
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