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Problem with windows activation

  1. #1


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8

    Problem with windows activation


    So my father bought me a laptop that already have a Windows 8 OS.
    I have this laptop for like a year now and at Oct 11, Windows gave me a message about the activation
    Ive already clicked activate and it said "Thanks,you're all done." but when I close it, It's not activated.
    So how can I fix this? Do i need to renew it like every year?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Stanley,

    You could try to activate by phone to see if it may stick afterwards.

    Activate Windows 8 by Phone
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  3. #3


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    Well the current product key is gone it said Not Available
    but when I look at my brother's laptop(which is older than mine but same laptop) he has the product key
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You might see if you may be able to find your OEM key using an option in the tutorial below.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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  5. #5


    In addition to Brink's advice, you could run the Win8Diag tool to see what the underlying problem could be.

    Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

    On a Windows 8.0 system you should not need to retrieve the key as it should get it automatically from the firmware table.

    On windows 8.1, however, you will need to get your Windows 8.0 key via the key finder and input that manually.
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