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Windows suddenly not activated! help

  1. #1


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Windows suddenly not activated! help


    I used my retail Windows 8 Pro key to activate Windows 8.1 RTM

    Then used my Windows Media Center to add features and get Windoes Media Center

    I used my laptop for like 5 days

    now suddenly I see the build number mentioned on the desktop, so I checked my activation status and it said windows is not activated

    I clicked Activate Now, and it shows my product key ending in: GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT

    that is a default installation key and not an actual product key

    so I hit the Enter key button and enter my Windows 8 key again, that says :

    "this key cannot be used to activate this edition of Windows"

    I used the WMC key, that also says "This key didn't work try another key"

    I don't know how on earth did this happen

    could this be because I tried to use the Windows Setup box yesterday?

    what can I do to resolve this without formatting again?

    Trying to change the product manually in CMD also didn't work:


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  2. #2


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Where did you get your media center key from?
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  3. #3


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    Where did you get your media center key from?
    upgraded with Microsoft through the Add features thingy

    then I got my key in the email

    I just got off the phone with Microsoft, they said there is no way to fix this without a format, because my current Windows Edition is Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center, so my original Windows 8 Pro key will not activate this edition. I cannot also use the Media Center key as that cannot be used to activate Windows. So I have to format, activate my Windows 8.1 Pro again, then re-apply the Media Center upgrade! bloody hell. this is a day's work since I have a lot of software to install

    I think this problem happened because I tried using the Windows 8.1 Setupbox just to see if I can download a new ISO from MS so I entered a default installation key, that's when the activation was lost. now my original windows 8 Pro key will not be able to activate until I get rid off the Media Center, so it's a format
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  4. #4


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Do youreself one massive favor and after installing os and maybe your main software make a system image. Then install media centre etc
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