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How to find the Windows Medicenter product key

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    How to find the Windows Medicenter product key


    i have 4 licenses for windows 8 and 4 keys for media center. all purchased during the offer period. i have got an email from microsoft reminding me to activate before the 31st Jan 2013. with past versions of windows a significant hardware change would require you to ring ms to activate, i have only installed 1 license for windows and the free media center key. so i need to install each of the 4 licenses of win8 (3 remaining unused) and because its been so long since i first installed win8 i dont remember which media center product i used to activate.

    in order to avoid ringing ms to re activate for the 3 remaining licenses i need to find out which media center key is in use. is there a key finder or viewer i can use to find my media center key or is there an easier way ?

    thanks in advance

    Gazzer

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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 + Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC x86


    The last block of letters from the WMC key that is in use is revealed in your activation status.
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    thanks for all the replies can you tell me when you say WMC key is revealed in my activation status, am i correct in assuming that you mean my activation status (as shown in windows status) that the last block is part of my WMC key and if so which part ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
    The last block of letters from the WMC key that is in use is revealed in your activation status.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 + Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC x86


    The last five characters of the used WMC key (after the last dash) are shown there.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by garry35 View Post
    thanks for all the replies can you tell me when you say WMC key is revealed in my activation status, am i correct in assuming that you mean my activation status (as shown in windows status) that the last block is part of my WMC key and if so which part ?
    There are probably various ways to get to it, but try:

    +W
    (ie. Windows key + W, which brings up a search in Settings)
    and search for "Windows Activation"

    It should then bring up a Control Panel dialog which should include something like
    Current edition
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

    Current product key
    *****-ABCDE
    Where "ABCDE" will be replaced by the last 5 characters of the Media Center product key you used.
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