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Windows 8 activation problem after 2 years of activation

  1. #11


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    I don't think it worked. I restored all the way back to february. now what. Should I just reinstall windows?

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  2. #12


    Try activating again.. run command as admin and enter:
    slmgr -ato

    (NB Just to be clear - restore from within Windows won't work - it must be done from a USB/DVD boot - Windows must not be running while those files are restored)
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    error 0x80070426 on a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by Merom View Post
    error 0x80070426 on a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition.
    That indicates the service is still not starting ... very strange as the offline restore should work...
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  5. #15


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    i'll reboot, and try again...
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  6. #16


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    still the same. any advice? I have to get back to work for now, but I will be back on in a little while.
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  7. #17


    The other option (other than a re-install) is to run Dism restorehealth - also offline - although I haven't tested that yet.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    okay, here is what I found out from the local computer guy. He said the reg is too messed up. He said that I have a factory install and don't have a disk, but he showed me how to do a complete reinstall under update and recovery. He said that it worked on the same problem for his other client. Thoughts?
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  9. #19


    A reinstall will fix it - backup your personal data first though.

    The registry key in question is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\WPA - it stores activation data and doesn't like being messed with.

    There is a registry backup under C:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack - however that also needs to be restored offline. Just another option if you do not want to reinstall... the latter would ensure a clean system though - up to you. Good luck.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    Thank you for the options. However, This computer isn't seriously customized and I had wanted to fresh install for a while, so I guess I will stick with that. if for some weird reason it doesn't work, i guess I will be without options anyways and would have to re-purchase windows. I think however that it WILL work. anyways, Thank you for such wonderful help and kindness in resolving things! Looking forward to windows 10 looks like the company is going in a great direction!

    Cheers
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