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Windows 8 Activation popup

  1. #11


    Australia
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It doesn't work because I already have windows media player, like I have the actual program installed and it works fine, I just can't get rid of this 'activate windows' and it gives me an option to buy one online, but it says you can't buy keys in this country or region, then says something about buying one from a local retailer. like.. what??.....

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  2. #12


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


    OK, I was afraid that would happen. My next suggestion was to see if clicking change key would let you buy one, but it looks like that won't work either. Yes, its installed but Windows isn't legally activated. The Media center key becomes the new key Windows activates against.

    I would backup any data you don't want to lose to external media and then think about doing a Windows Refresh or Reset to see if that will get you back to your legal 8.1 Pro. You may have to do a factory reset to get things back to normal again.
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  3. #13


    Australia
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    OK, I was afraid that would happen. My next suggestion was to see if clicking change key would let you buy one, but it looks like that won't work either. Yes, its installed but Windows isn't legally activated. The Media center key becomes the new key Windows activates against.

    I would backup any data you don't want to lose to external media and then think about doing a Windows Refresh or Reset to see if that will get you back to your legal 8.1 Pro. You may have to do a factory reset to get things back to normal again.
    Shit. That is the last thing I wanted to do as I have a LOT of things I need because I also do graphic design and I can't really afford to lose anything by mistake as I have a lot of loose folders
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  4. #14


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


    Eventually, you may get more than just a nag to activate. You could end up with reduced functionality or a forced log out every couple of hours or so. I'd have to look it up to see what actually happens but eventually you'll have to fix the activation issue to keep using Windows.


    There were a couple of threads on this issue a while back when Microsoft offered up the free Media Center codes. They expired if not used by a certain date so some got caught out by that. Some tried to use the one code on more than one PC and ended up with activation issues. It might be a pain to find them but their there. There was a trick to get back to 8.1 Pro but I think you need physical install media to do it. It's a variation on this, UNAWAVE - Downgrade Ultimate to Home Premium or Professional You'd have to find one of those threads to know what to edit in the registry for 8.1 pro
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Buying a new code should be the easiest solution. Just buy it from Microsoft. The Media Center upgrade shouldn't be very expensive. Your not buying the whole OS just an upgrade to it. Then open the System screen, right click the Start Button and select System, then click Change product key on the right hand side down in the Windows Activation section. Other than that you have go back to 8.1 Pro. Did the PC come with 8.1 Pro?
    I believe that the media center upgrade is only $19
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