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Morning all and hello first post! I have the same problem, overnight the desktop is showing watermark Windows 8.1 pro Build 9600. Cannot activate windows (even though it was before the watermark appeared). Managed to get product key using Jelly Bean, that did not work on activation screen. Tried using SuperFly's ShowKey script but I get the message back " Key not present in firmware".
Any ideas and why would that message come up if Product key should be in BIOS/Motherboard?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Windows Validation Data-->
LicensingStatus: In Notification
LocalGenuineState: Invalid license
ProductName: Windows 8.1 Pro
TimeZone: GMT Standard Time(GMT)
ActiveSkuDescription: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Model: To be filled by O.E.M.
Health Check Data-->
Genuine Authorization Data-->
Activation Diagnostic Tool for Windows 8.x
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Dunno about that PC being OEM... your bios OEM marker tables are not populated...
You have the wrong key installed - did you buy the PC pre-installed like this? if so, it's not legit as it's has a volume licence installed. You need to install a genuine retail key.
Hi again and thanks for reply. I bought the PC second hand but was only a few months old. The bloke I bought it off wanted to go back to an xbox as he couldn't play COD on a keyboard. I didn't have the heart to tell him that you can buy controllers Anyway, he had it built for him, I have all the original boxes for graphics card, PSU etc. Looks like the OS might be hooky then? Funny thing is I've had it over a year now with no issues and was activated. Seems to have happened almost overnight. I'll post Licence report....
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Software licensing service version: 6.3.9600.16497
Name: Windows(R), Professional edition
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Activation ID: c06b6981-d7fd-4a35-b7b4-054742b7af67
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 06401-02615-000-000000-03-2057-9600.0000-0512015
Product Key Channel: Volume:GVLK
Installation ID: 651215481613823242826125589446724204063714917797660145814631041
Partial Product Key: 9D6T9
License Status: Notification
Notification Reason: 0xC004F00F.
Remaining Windows rearm count: 1000
Remaining SKU rearm count: 1001
Trusted time: 20/02/2015 12:05:40
Configured Activation Type: All
Please use slmgr.vbs /ato to activate and update KMS client information in order to update values.
************** Errors from Event Log *************
Message: License Activation (slui.exe) failed with the following error code:
Time Written: 20150220113226.000000-000
There are more on the event log but all the same just different times....
Yup, the only way these can be activated is via an exploit... Windows can't find it to re-activate thus you lost activation.. maybe MS has released an update to nuke it or a setting in the registry has been changed - The licence report would show the IP of the KMS server if it was a proper volume licence installation.
Makes sense and also what I thought! Thanks for confirming. I did get the PC for a bargain so can't complain too much!