Any Known Problems When Re-installing Genuine Windows 8 & WMC Key

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by UTDKING, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. UTDKING

    UTDKING MDL Junior Member

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    Hi
    Just a question on re-installation issues

    I purchased a Genuine Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Key via the offer for £14:99(bargin)
    as i qualified as i purchase a new laptop
    So after purchasing my upgrade I then requested a Free WMC Key
    Anyway all went ok i install Windows 8 Pro & Activated Then Added The WMC Features Input My Free Key & Activated All Ok
    My Question Is This
    If in the future i have to re-install is their any know issues with activation
    I guess my Win8 Key is like retail & Should re-activate without problems, but what about the free WMC key it was activated before M$ close the loophole
    Will that still activate
    Just need to be sure i can re-install at a later date on same machine
     
  2. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    The best thing is to back up the activation using

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...s-8-activation?p=607160&viewfull=1#post607160

    or http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...ackup-Solution?p=444197&viewfull=1#post444197

    or simply copy the "store" file and store it off system for future use ..
     
  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    You could simply re-install Windows 8, activate it, add WMC with your free Key again and all will be fine.

    For me the use of the backup activation wasn't work, after re-installing Windows 8 and used the restore of that backup, I still were unactivated and had to call to MS for to get reactivated. Done that, I had manually ad the WMC again.

    I then tested on an other machine and re-installed Windows 8, used the "Bargain" Key for to activate, added WMC using the Free Key and all was fine not needed to call MS!

    Both machines Windows 8 were re-installed several times, both on the same Network and the same ISP Provider. And both using legal obtained Product Keys!
     
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  4. S_A_S

    S_A_S MDL Member

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    Image backup.
     
  5. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

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    I had to do that just two days ago.
    Long story: I upgraded a Win7 with the upgrade assistant and the 14,99€ offer, then after Windows 8 finish I use Windows Update and later added my WMC key (free). All done.
    But later, I did a new Windows Update as asked and ran into so much problems... I formated my HDD... :mad:
    So I booted from the USB key I made with the ISO image I made at the end of upgrade Win8, and re-installed Win 8 Pro without Win7 on it, enter my key, installed Win8Pro from scratch.
    Everything went well this time. Activated fine at the end.
    The only drawback had been I could not re install WMC with the same free key. I had to use another one I had.
    So, yes you can install Windows 8 Pro using the media you choose at the end of the first installation. And can activate. :clap3:
     
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  6. S_A_S

    S_A_S MDL Member

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    No probs here with the same WMC key i've used before (that is on the same pc).
     
  7. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

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    So, maybe a typo when entering WMC key. I had it on a piece of paper.. :D
    So the main thing is to know we can re-install without complaining and got phone with MS employees ...
     
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