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Activation all of a sudden??

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    Activation all of a sudden??

    All of a sudden Windows 8.1 is asking me to activate my product when it is a purchased version of Windows 8 from when Windows 8 first came out. I've been using it this entire time, even right from when 8.1 first was updated and it never asked me for an activation until tonight.

    I have no idea why this is happening or how this even happened. It says the key is being used by another PC but I have never given my key to anyone, ever. It said it could be due to a hardware change but I haven't changed any hardware in even the past year, so I don't know why it's asking me to do this.

    Any help please?


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    Hello Naossoan,

    You may be able to activate by phone instead.

    Activate Windows 8 by Phone
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  3. #3

    Have you used some aggressive anti-malware program lately ?
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  4. #4

    Nope I just use malwarebytes, windows defender, occasional idea why it was prompted to activate. I'll just call microsoft tomorrow to try to figure it out I guess. Quite odd.
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  5. #5

    Can you go back to before it happened ?
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  6. #6

    I don't think we will be able to solve this issue without you phoning ... but just for my indulgence and for future reference, would you mind posting a Licence report?
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  7. #7

    Yeah so I don't know why this happened but I just called in to the automated Microsoft activation centre. I had to enter in an Installation ID number then they read back a long Confirmation/Activation ID and I just clicked Activate Windows and it's all fine now.

    Why this happened in the first place, I have no idea!
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    Glad to hear all is ok now.
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Activation all of a sudden??
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