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Can an activation be taken back?

  1. #1


    Posts : 19
    W7 Home Premium 32bit

    Can an activation be taken back?


    I tend to this small five person office; (one of a few).

    Boss purchased W8Pro, one retail license. He wanted to see it, so I started the install (which requires the key entry right up front) and went about other work. Cautioned him about not letting the activation happen over the internet, but he missed it. After using it for an afternoon, he doesn't want it. Another person on staff wants it.

    Completely different machines. How do I take back the initial activation, and be able to install on another pc??

    I know! I should have pulled his router cable. Hindsight is great.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Have you tried activating Win 8 on another PC yet? Do you receive any error in the activation process?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello pscowboy,

    You should be able format it on the computer it was activated on first, then be able to use it on the other computer. The retail Windows 8 EULA allows you to transfer to another computer/owner.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 19
    W7 Home Premium 32bit


    No.

    The slmgr has an uninstall option, but I think that was meant to remove pirate keys.

    I'm assuming we have to get it removed from the MS server in order to successfully install on another pc?
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You will not be able to remove it from the MS server. All activations will always be kept track of on the MS servers. That only removes the key from that computer to be able to either use another key or leave unactivated instead.

    No worries though, you are fine to do what I posted above to use it on the other computer.
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Feb 2013 at 00:56.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 65
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello pscowboy,

    You should be able format it on the computer it was activated on first, then be able to use it on the other computer. The retail Windows 8 EULA allows you to transfer to another computer/owner.
    Pardon me for butting in, but for my education could you elaborate.

    What do you mean by format it on the computer.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    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.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you have any difficulty activating - a phone call to MS will probably do it.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 65
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    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.
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  10. #10


    You will be able to reactivate it on the 2nd computer without issue (and if you do, call MS). if you try to leave it on the first computer, the first computer will eventually check in and then go to a deactivated status and inform you that you are likely using non-genuine Microsoft software.
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