Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


keep getting "Activate Windows" message

  1. #11


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


    Ok, if it doesn't say Pro its only the Core Edition. As near as I can tell the VL edition is only available in Pro so that's not what you have. Core is usually what the Manufacturer installs, that's what was on my ASUS laptop when I got it. Your Windows 8 install was likely the factory OEM Windows 8 install. When you update to 8.1 it matches what was there so if you have Core you get 8.1 Core, if it was Pro you get 8.1 Pro. Why your having activation problems is mystery though as the OEM key should be good to go. Your OEM key is embedded in the BIOS on Windows 8 PC's. It won't be listed on the COA sticker either. You can retrieve it with a utility like this, RWEverything | Read & Write Everything Download it, run it. Click on the ACPI Table button at the top. After that click on the MSDM tab. Your BIOS's product key is at the bottom. Then try activating again and type it in. another way to do it is to run Slmgr /ipk XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX from an elevated command prompt replacing the X's with your product code.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Posts : 28
    windows 10


    Okay, 14 different versions to download - which one do I want? Thanks for your help on this.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


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


    lol, OK, its been a while since I downloaded it. 64 bit if your current install is 64 bit, which I imagine it is. Latest version is 1.6.5 which is the top one. The portable is likely stand alone and can be run as is without having to install it. So RwPortableX64V1.6.5.zip is what I would go for, top right corner of the download page. Its a zip file so once its downloaded right click it and select extract all. That will unzip it to a folder. You can then run RW.exe in the Win64 >Portable folder.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Posts : 28
    windows 10


    Okay, I've tried to run RW.exe three times now, and each time after I click the ACPI table button, you can hear it start to suck all of my computer's resources (like I'm running an old 386 or something!), and then it eventually goes into "Not Responding" mode, along with Chrome (the only other thing I have open). I feel like I am jinxed - even the fixes for my problems don't go like they should.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


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


    Runs OK on this PC, I was able to open the ACPI Table. I don't see a MSDM tab though. This PC doesn't have a UEFI BIOS or embedded code though. You could try the other non stand alone version. RwX64V1.6.5.zip
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    Posts : 28
    windows 10


    Hooray, that worked, and very quickly! So now I have my product code.

    I tried to do it via the System screen, but as it did previously, when I clicked on Activate Windows, it started to take me there, then 'calved' and sent me back to the start screen.

    When you say an 'elevated command prompt', does my run of the mill "run" command fall into that category? I used that, and got several pages of text, and I'm not sure what to make of it. It looks a lot like an entire list of every possible message (error messages and good messages) that could be used in this application. Anything specific I should look for?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17


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


    Elevated command prompt means Run As Administrator. If you go to All Apps, Command Prompt should show up under Windows System. Or type command when on the Metro Start screen. Once you find the Command Prompt tile, right click it and select Run as administrator. Then type in the Slmgr /ipk XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX and press enter. There is a space between Slmgr and the /.

    Have a look at option two here, Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8 , option one might even work.
    I should have posted this earlier also, Product Key - Find for Windows 8
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by grannash View Post
    For the past week or so, I am suddenly (in the middle of working on something) getting a blue screen that says "Activate Windows. Go to PC Settings to activate Windows." And there's a PC settings button to click. The only way out of that screen is to click there. So I do, and it briefly looks like I'm going to go to some sort of settings screen, but then it disappears and it takes me to my start screen. When I go back to my desktop, whatever I was working on is right where I left it. Happens several times a day.

    Any ideas why this is happening and why it never actually takes me to PC Settings and what I can do to stop this?

    I'm running 8.1 - I "upgraded" (I use that term loosely!) when it first became available back in October.


    Search for "messages" in the Start screen. then go to action centre then update messages then take that off XD
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19


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


    This thread is a year old by the way.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #20


    Posts : 9
    Windows XP


    I am also getting this message. I found my key, entered it, but got the message 'This key did not work. Please check it and try again'. What do I do now?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
keep getting "Activate Windows" message
Related Threads
Annoying "windows update needs your help" message in Windows Updates & Activation
Hello, In the last week or so my newish laptop keeps showing a very annoying message saying: Windows Update needs you help: Windows update hasn't been able to check for new updates for the last 30 days. Go to Windows Update to resolve this issue. The message pops up about once every...
Hi, I bought a Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet (Trekstor Wintron 10.1) to use it in kiosk mode (run just one app for a specific demo use). The problem is that the Windows 8.1 with Bing Version does not have this feature. On Windows 8.1 RT and Pro, etc. it is easy to configure the feature....
Hi all, So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)). I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load. I also end up at...
How to Remove "New" Apps Installed Message on Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8.1 When you install new modern apps from the Store or desktop apps in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, the new apps will have a NEW message on it's tile on the Apps view screen to let you know that it's a new...
Hi! I have very little experiance dealing with these types of errors, the full message I recieve is "DRIVER_IRQL_OR_EQUAL (tcpip.sys)". This began a few days ago, and appears to happen at very different rates. I've tried numerous things but none seemed to have helped. Here is the minidump...
Windows 8 "upgrade to 8.1" message in Installation & Setup
Hi folks, I am using Windows 8 pro, and recently it comes up with a big "Upgrade to Windows 8.1" banner at login, with a link to the store, and you can't close the banner either, so you have to go to the store. Is there a way to disable this? I've tried 8.1 and I don't want to move on yet...
I was using VMware (Windows XP), when I switched back to the host (Windows 8). I was prompted by a message that said "Windows is unable to activate, activate using PC settings" (Or something similar). I reactivated it using those settings. Why would Windows 8 just randomly deactivate ? Could...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook