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Activated Windows 8 keeps asking for activation.

  1. #11


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    But if it really is a temporary activation only, then why is that using this method (support.microsoft.com/kb/2806745/) to check my activation says that "the machine is activated permanently"?

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  2. #12


    Unfortunately that further underlines the fact that a crack was used on that PC... it's impossible for a VOLUME_KMSCLIENT key to be permanently activated.

    The key in use is generally avalable - here's a list Win8 KMS Client Keys

    If it could be permanently activated everybody would be using it.
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  3. #13


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


    The fact that it shows as activated but is asking you to activate tells you something is wrong. With KMS activation a machine can be activated but it expires after a set time. That PC or PC's will reactivate if they can connect to that companies KMS server. The server just keeps reactivating them over and over. When a fake KMS server is used, and is then taken down, activation will fail when it times out and that PC can no longer authenticate with the KMS server. The activate now messages your getting are likely because your nearing the end of your activation window. The error message your getting when you try to activate is likely because the fake KMS server used to originally activate it is gone now. One scenario is that Windows on that PC is pirated. The other scenario is that it was a company PC that was sold or stolen and the IT guy has blocked it from the company KMS server. I'm thinking pirated as I don't think there is a VL version of 8 Core.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Since the machine itself is completely new, I guess the answer is not legal Windows then. So anything I can do? Or should I just use some crack or something - I guess there are many on the web.
    Also, what will happen if I don't activate it before it expires?
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  5. #15


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Dinosbacsi View Post
    Since the machine itself is completely new, I guess the answer is not legal Windows then. So anything I can do? Or should I just use some crack or something - I guess there are many on the web.
    Also, what will happen if I don't activate it before it expires?
    Forum Rules - Please Read!
    4) No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc).

    Where did you buy it from? I'd take it back if possible. Any discussion of cracks etc is going to get you banned.
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  6. #16


    alpha ...

    Protect Yourself from Piracy

    In certain instances M$ may reward you with a free key for exposing a fraudster.

    It's not worth going the piracy route - get a legit key. Look aroiund for discounts from reputable resellers.

    M$ have been generous lately to legitimate users, providing free upgrades, rumour has it even Windows 9 may be a free upgrade as well.

    PS: Alternatively, you may wanna try a popular Linux distro as well - the latest releases are vastly improved
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  7. #17


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Oh, right, sorry. I could've guessed.
    The problem is, as I said, is that I wasn't the one buying the machine. It's not even my PC, basically. My little brother's father bought it for him, and I'm just using it temporary - since my own computer died not so long ago. I know that he bought it, then got an another guy to install Windows onto it. So I guess he knew that wheter it was a legal Windows or not.
    Well, whatever. I'll try to do something then. Maybe search and ask the guy who installed it, or something. Just one thing; shall I hurry with it? What happens if this waiting time expires?
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  8. #18


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


    I'm not sure what happens, probably some lose of functionality, forced reboots maybe. I'm not an IT guy for a company so I've never seen what happens. Google may tell you.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 2
    Win 8 Pro & Win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    KMS activation is temporary - PC's connect to a server on a LAN and obtains activation from it at certain intervals - normally every 180 days (for Windows Pro and Enterprise).

    An exploit was found that could activate Core but only for 30 days in the case of Windows 8 core (or WMC for that matter) and 45 days for Windows 8.1 core/WMC - these versions cannot be activated with a legal KMS server. (Why gvlk KMS client keys even exist for those editions..beats me)

    Thus to answer your question, your PC was activated initially for 30 days, Windows gives you a further 30 days grace (with warnings to re-activate therafter) - that's where you are now...
    Yeah well, I'm having the exact same issue, and I know mine's legitimate because I bought it myself from Tiger Direct, Win 8 Pro OEM, for about $120 back when it first came out.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Cairn View Post

    Yeah well, I'm having the exact same issue, and I know mine's legitimate because I bought it myself from Tiger Direct, Win 8 Pro OEM, for about $120 back when it first came out.
    Post a diagnostic report - it may not be the same issue.
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