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My product key is a 'default' product key. Why?

  1. #21


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    When I bought my computer with win 8 OEM I had to activate it.

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  2. #22


    David, could you use it without activating it?
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  3. #23


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    David, could you use it without activating it?
    I just activated it as soon as I got it plugged in.

    I didn't wait a period of days to activate it.

    I think there is a grace period.

    Maybe 30 days or something.

    Even when I upgraded to 8 pro, I activated it as soon as I could after plugging it in.
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  4. #24


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    Is the statement below true?
    This was stated by 'Mystere' in a former post: 'If you have an OEM copy of Windows, the product key is stored in your BIOS, thus it is no longer necessary to enter a product key.'

    Even though my PC Settings Activation window opens occasionally asking me to activate, do I actually HAVE to activate since the machine was already activated in the factory?
    Under normal circumstances yes. If I install Windows 8 on my laptop which has an embedded key, I am not prompted to enter a product key. My embedded key is for 8 core and that is what is installed. It will activate online on its own or manually if I tell it to activate Windows. Either way it activates online at some point.

    I didn't have to activate my laptop after receiving it. I don't remember having to do it manually. It may have activated on its own while I was using it but I was never prompted to activate. The first time I checked the system screen it said it was activated. Activation isn't a one time deal either. Windows will keep checking your activation status repeatedly. If the mechanism that does this gets broken activation will fail. Various things can cause this, missing or mangled system files, virus infection, maleware, the list goes on. You can also have glitches on the Microsoft end of things. A glitch in the activation server, your product code being missing or blacklisted in the database etc. This is why activation issues are so hard to diagnose and fix, even if you know what you are doing. I'll say right up front that I am by no means an expert on this. I do what I can though.
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  5. #25


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    David, could you use it without activating it?
    I just activated it as soon as I got it plugged in.

    I didn't wait a period of days to activated it.

    I think there is a grace period.

    Maybe 30 days or something.
    As far as I know you can keep using it. The 30 days sounds right too. You'll get reminded to activate from time to time.
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  6. #26


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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  7. #27


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    That looks like it is within a specific environment though, and for all we know they're making available to students a download of Windows 8 which they've customised; perhaps the Enterprise version. I suspect those instructions may not generalise to work well outside that environment.
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  8. #28


    The problem is that I didn't install Windows 8, it wouldn't complete installation. Acer service collected it, did some tests on it & I got it back 3 days later. PC Settings window asked me to activate, but I didn't have a product key at the time & it wouldn't work on the telephone either. Since everything seemed to be working ok I just ignored the request for activation, since I knew it was activated in the Acer factory. Then somebody in this forum frightened me by stating that Windows could shut me completely down if I didn't activate, & here I am!
    I've been using this notebook since Jan. without activating it!
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  9. #29


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    I would keep pursuing it with Acer. You shouldn't be getting messages popping up about activation; they should fix the fault.
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  10. #30


    I am David.
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