Activating windows 8 WMC key

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by superchimp, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. superchimp

    superchimp MDL Novice

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    Hi there

    I'm new here and I have a question: is it possible to activate windows 8 first through KMS and then use the free WMC key that Microsoft provided to permanently activate windows? If so, how?

    Thanks!
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    that ship has sailed quite some time ago afaik
     
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  3. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    Yes it's possible, provided that the free WMC key has already been activated on the same PC before. You activate Windows 8 via KMS as normal, then upgrade to WMC using the key.

    If the free WMC key in question has never been used to activate before, then it can't be done now.
     
  4. lievre

    lievre MDL Senior Member

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    Just read thread here in this forum, you will learn a lot.
    This is one of the best forum on the net.

    Lievre
     
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  5. superchimp

    superchimp MDL Novice

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    Thanks everyone for your replies! I hadn't activated the free WMC key before, so I'll just stick with the regular Windows 8 then.
     
  6. Y314K

    Y314K MDL Junior Member

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    #6 Y314K, Jun 25, 2014
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    I am looking for the same info. Would love to use my two unused legit keys. After reading some WMC activation & WMC generic activation tokens threads it seems it might be possible but one of the steps is not supported(allowed to be discussed) in the forum but there is plenty of hints on how it would be done... I believe you might not need to bother with KMS activation before using the promotion key & Skype would be your friend.

    I was waiting for the option to disable eDrive before installation before doing anything with Windows 8/8.1 to protect my SSD. Now that that has been added to WinReducer 8.1 v1.11 I am looking how to do the correct activation.

    Just keep reading. Start with the "Windows 8.1 Pro WMC generic activation tokens creation" thread. I would link you to it here but I don't have that privilege yet.

    I am some what knew to this stuff so I might be completely wrong about our options...
     
  7. Super User

    Super User MDL Addicted

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    WMC generic tokens won't help if those two keys weren't activated before promotion ended.
     
  8. Y314K

    Y314K MDL Junior Member

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    Darn... Thought there was a sliver of hope to get them going... Guess I'll need to wait for Win9 to flop & for some WMC keys to be given away again...o_O
     
  9. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    can still activate with KMS, its like 30 or 45 days or something, just like VL editions are 180 days. With MTK and other KMS activators, it will keep the 45 days indefinitely.
     
  10. Y314K

    Y314K MDL Junior Member

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    Right... That was my backup plan... Guess the unused keys where blacklisted or deactivated from everything...:(
     
  11. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    yeah, had to be used before a certain date or useless pretty much.