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Windows needs to be activated -- AGAIN! Another long story

  1. #11


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Although I don't know what caused it, I believe that all my licenses are still valid. That has been confirmed by several different tech people on the MS support line.

    That leads me to believe that something screwed up the Software Protection Service or License manager (whatever it's called) on my system.

    I have no idea how that works or what I might have done to mess it up, but since it happened twice, it might have something to do with my work flow.

    I test a lot of audio software for various companies, and sometimes I am installing and uninstalling many times a day.
    Because of that, I don't use restore points, just images at various 'known good' times. I have lots of images on lots of external devices.

    I regularly install and uninstall using Revo Uninstaller Pro. Then I usually use CCleaner to check for minor issues.

    Often I will use Perfect Registry to see if there are any loose ends, but I am very careful how I use it, I don't just blindly let it run.

    My main desire is that one piece of beta software isn't going to mess up another one, (or my system).

    I've been doing this for many years, it's only been these last two incidents where something came up that I couldn't handle.

    Most of these things are called VSTs - they are software audio instruments. They usually don't mess around with the system very much - they are 'plug-ins' for audio tools.

    Anyway, all that info may not help anyone else and I am just thinking/writing out loud.

    If anything like his happens to anyone else maybe we can compare notes.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Well if the actual Activation mechanism gets broken I would think it wouldn't matter what Product code you entered, its not going to work anyway. Microsoft is pretty mum on how that all works and for good reason. If nobody knows how it works it makes it hard for them to cheat it. For what ever reason you may be stumbling over one of the checks and balances for detection of a pirated system. Activation isn't a one time deal either. It's rechecked and verified over and over. How often it does it I have no idea. It likely times out after a failure or two and then you get prompted to activate or make your system legal. I am by no means trying to imply that your system is illegal. For some reason though Windows itself isn't convinced, its failing activation and then won't activate again. A corrupt system file or messed up essential service maybe. I don't know enough about it to say one way or the other.
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  3. #13


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    That is how I see it, too.

    EDIT:

    Just to be on the safe side I ran the DISM tool:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


    C:\Windows\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth


    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384


    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384


    [==========================100.0%==========================]
    No component store corruption detected.
    The operation completed successfully.
    Last edited by arachnaut; 14 Oct 2013 at 21:49.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If there was a crossed fingers smiley I'd post it.
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  5. #15


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Windows 8.1 upgrade went fairly smoothly.
    Backed up image and restored from boot media without issue (Acronis 2013)
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  6. #16


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    It's been a long time and I am re-visiting this thread because another user reported something similar.

    I just wanted to say that I have not encountered this issue again and have not seen any problems.

    I still have no idea what caused it to happen.
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