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Reinstall with Media Center pack.

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 & 8

    Reinstall with Media Center pack.


    Quick question in preparation for a rebuild of a pc.

    I have a Windows 8 serial key from initial purchase plus a Media Center pack key which enabled the media center feature afterwards.

    When I reinstall do i use the media center pack key as my activation key
    OR do I do the same again, initial W8 licence key + activate media pack afterwards with separate key?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Activate with your Windows key then add Media Center.

    You might want to consider installing 8.1 - you can activate it with your 8 key and it will save upgrading. Method 3 here describes how to get the ISO Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 & 8


    I have finally got round to re-installing Windows 8. I purchased Windows 8 and got the free media center key a long time ago and installed it just to see what it was like. It took my Windows 8 serial key and activated fine, I then added the media center feature which also installed and activated fine. I remember that when the free media center pack was offered it had to be activated within a short period of time, which I did.
    At the time I didn't like Windows 8 so I just formatted and installed a copy of Windows 7.

    Now I want to give Windows 8 a try again so have reinstalled it on a different computer with my original key which has activated fine. But when I go to add the media center key in 'add features' it says 'This key won't work. Check it again, or try a different key'
    There doesn't seem to be an option to activate over the phone like there usually is when installing windows so I'm a bit stumped.

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  4. #4


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    What's strange is your windows 8 key activated...

    As suggested windows 8.1 is an upgrade for windows 8 - you can download and create windows 8.1 setup media and still use your windows 8 key to activate.. Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Disconnect from the internet and then run activation - this will bring up the phone option for activation
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 & 8


    Yes i believe it will update to 8.1 or I can just install 8.1 direct and then use my old serial key. Its the media center I'm after and that isn't accepting my serial that was used way back when I installed and activated after it was given away free
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    That is because the WMC Key was previously activated on a different PC.. And requires phone activation to transfer the license..

    What is strange is the previously activated windows key - Activated on New second PC without phone activation to transfer the license..
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 & 8


    Sorry, are you saying I should disconnect from the net and then try to 'add feature' and enter my media center key again?
    At the moment like i said it just says 'this key won't work' and says nothing about being previously activated or locked and says nothing about being able to activate by phone
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  8. #8


    The WMC key is tied to your old PC.. only phone activation will work...

    (btw retail keys have a much higher activation count than upgrade keys, thus Win 8 can be transferred online but upgrade keys not)
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  9. #9


    Posts : 7
    Windows 7 & 8


    As per previous 2 posts of mine - There is no option to activate media center by phone
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  10. #10


    Type slui 4 in run command.

    Select the UK number (it's toll-free even on Skype)
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