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How to find out if the software is activated

  1. #1


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    win 8 pro

    How to find out if the software is activated


    I have WIN8 pro and the Windows 8 Media Center Pack installed. I am a new Windows user. I received a reminder saying "This is a reminder that you must activate your free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key** by January 31, 2013".
    I do not know if this is just a general reminder or it is only send to user who has not activated the software. I want to be sure that my software is activated.
    My general question here is "How to find out if the software that I installed is already activated ?" Is there a general place (a file or registry entry) where I can check ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by MSWINUSER View Post
    I have WIN8 pro and the Windows 8 Media Center Pack installed. I am a new Windows user. I received a reminder saying "This is a reminder that you must activate your free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key** by January 31, 2013".
    I do not know if this is just a general reminder or it is only send to user who has not activated the software. I want to be sure that my software is activated.
    My general question here is "How to find out if the software that I installed is already activated ?" Is there a general place (a file or registry entry) where I can check ?
    Dude I have exactly the same email, and exactly the same question. I'll bet there will be a lot of people getting that same email and reporting the same problem.
    Trying to get help from the Microsoft site is like wrestling a greased weasel
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I asked on the MS community - and got what looks like an answer here -

    Windows 8 I'm getting a reminder email to activate Media Center, - Microsoft Community

    All appears to be OK. Obviously will only find out on 1st Feb lol

    Cheers
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Hi, To check activation start Control Panel, Click on system and Security, Click on System, Click on View details on windows activation. The following screen will give your windows activation.
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  5. #5


    I got the same email and went into Win8, only to find out that I had, as suspected, already activated using the WMC code. My guess is that they are sending this email to everyone who did the WMC download.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Its a stupid email.
    You would have thought they would have pointed out that WMC downloaders may not need to do anything, and/or given basic instructions to check whether you have the software licence activated or not.

    Its a lesson in how to quickly give a large number of users the run around for no good reason.
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