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Problem with Win 8.1 Pro Build 9600 Activation

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center x64

    Problem with Win 8.1 Pro Build 9600 Activation


    So, I'm working with a Dell Laptop that came with Windows 7 64-bit, and have wiped it and installed Windows 8.1 via a clean DVD boot, full install from blank harddrive, etc.

    But here's the problem. I have the watermark in the corner of the desktop telling me Windows 8.1 Pro and the next line under is says Build 9600.

    I have a key for activating it as Windows 8.1 with Windows Media Center, but the key isn't working.
    So, with that, I downloaded a keygenerator to attempt to crack the upgrade process and get it to allow me to put in a legitimate key after upgrading, but either way, it just isn't working.

    I really don't want to have to put out $200 just to fix my problem.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Silverhand,

    I'm afraid that you cannot use a Media Center key to activate Windows with since that key is only good to add Media Center to Windows.

    Do you have a Windows 8 or 8.1 product key that's not for Media Center? What did you originally use to activate Windows 8.1?
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center x64


    .... This looks like fun. </sarcasm>
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Where did you get your copy of Windows 8.1 from?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center x64


    MSDN
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You would want to use the product key from MSDN to activate with instead. Afterwards, add Media Center with it's key.

    Activate Windows 8 Online
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  7. #7


    Posts : 95
    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center x64


    Think I've got it figured out now. Thanks.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 with Media Center


    Hi Silverhand92

    Please let me know how you solved this one. I originally had Win 8 and upgraded to 8.1 for free. And then I activated the media center. Later it asked to activate it but I don't have a key. Please help.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mthunzin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you still have Media Center installed, then you would need to activate with your purchased Media Center key.
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