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Problems activating windows after a system refresh.

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    Problems activating windows after a system refresh.


    Hi everyone,

    I recently purchased a Acer Desktop PC, well recently was in Feb/March of this year.

    After experiencing some issues with my browser(s) and other issues I tried to refresh the system. All worked fine until I rebooted the system.
    • After I input my log on password in it a screen comes on saying that windows cannot be activated at this time. Please try later or input the product key.
    • Also I cannot download any updates, I presume because of the activation.


    The Pc was purchased New and had windows 8.1 installed with no installation disks or product keys in sight. After much searching I managed to get the product key, manually input it and Nada, Nothing! It would not accept it.

    I have done much searching but nothing seems to help! Any pointers please.

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    Welcome to EF,

    You can try my new script to check licence status. It's gives similar output to the old MGA Diag tool for Win 7.
    Problems activating windows after a system refresh. Attached Files
    Last edited by Superfly; 06 Aug 2014 at 05:03.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Welcome to EF,

    You can try my new script to check licence status. It's gives similar output to the old MGA Diag tool for Win 7.
    Cool Tool ... thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomcrusher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Welcome to EF,

    You can try my new script to check licence status. It's gives similar output to the old MGA Diag tool for Win 7.
    Cool Tool ... thanks
    You're welcome
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    Thank you Superfly, but I can't seem to run the vbs file. Just comes up as script in Notepad!
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    Seems your extensions are not set to default to WScript.exe

    Try right click , Open with, Microsoft Windows Based Script Host.
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    win 8 x64


    You can reinstall your Windows
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    Hi Superfly, Cannot find Windows Based Script Host on the PC! Arrrgh
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Have look with rweverything.

    Click ACPI >MSDM

    Download | RWEverything
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave C View Post
    Hi Superfly, Cannot find Windows Based Script Host on the PC! Arrrgh
    Hi Dave

    To set Wscript.exe to open .vbs files.. see here Default File Type Associations - Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Scroll down to the vbs section....

    To check that you have the correct key installed see here Product Key - Find for Windows 8

    Option 5 is also a vbs file - if the above settings worked - you can compare the installed key with the one that came with your PC

    .. else as SIW2 says use RW Everything portable to check the key

    PS: Just something that struck me...
    Windows uses a vbs file (slmgr.vbs) to activate - if it can't run that file, activation will not occur - thus it's imperative that it works (apparently some reg cleaners and AV's change permissions etc on that extension reg entry - can cause all sorts of issues)
    Last edited by Superfly; 08 Aug 2014 at 07:19.
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