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Pre-installed windows 8.1 keeps asking for activation

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Pre-installed windows 8.1 keeps asking for activation


    my laptop came with windows 8.1 but last month i accidentally ran kmspico and activated my windows. now after 1mo i got a message that i need to activate my windows. I can't personalize my windows and i get a "windows 8.1 single language build 9600" watermark below my desktop
    my computer shows not activated and pc settings shows "cannot activate windows right now"
    steps i tried:
    slmgr -rearm : problem still persists
    kmspico: successfully activated my windows but less than 15min later my windows went to not activated again
    re-loader: successfully activated my windows.. still under observation right now
    anyway to get my windows to the original state? I believe my OS is legit since it came preinstalled. TIA

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


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    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    kmspico is an illegal activation method and the only really safe way to reset everything is a complete reset of your system, the Manufacturer's restore option, although not ideal due to bloat-ware issues and the inevitable update required to windows and apps, is a viable option, (will auto activate with the inbuilt key), or if you have a suitable media for install you could try a clean install using the Key on the case of the system
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  4. #4


    Do as Barman58 says beforehand to get rid of that exploit (FYI some have reported BSOD's with it - it's really not a good thing)

    Then as KYHI says confirm the OEM key and enter that to activate permanently.



    Let us know how you get on.
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