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Can an activation be taken back?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dellboy7 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Dellboy,

    Basically just format the computer the Windows 8 was first activated on to remove it.

    Afterwards, you will be free to install and activate it on the other computer.
    Now I comprehend, thank you.
    You're welcome.

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  2. #12


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    I follow. Thanks Brink.

    Figured it wasn't too bad of a deal.
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  3. #13


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    You're most welcome pscowboy.
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  4. #14


    Hi not bashing or anything, but reformatting the old PC (that contains Windows 7 Retail) and reinstalling it on another PC, resulting in the new installation to fail during activation process.

    I had to do a phone call and literally yelled at them because they refused to help me initially.

    Next time I transfer the copy, I'll just activate and phone call straight away instead of reformatting the old one first. Delayed me by so many minutes.
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  5. #15


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    Hello ddadda,

    That's always a possibility to have to do a phone activation when the key had been previously activated on another computer. Usually, it will activate online as normal, but it also just depends on how often, how recently, and how many computers the key was activated on to trigger a red flag to require phone activation.
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