Can use my legal key without reinstalling?

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  1. todo

    todo MDL Junior Member

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    #1 todo, Jan 30, 2013
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    Hi

    1. I have installed in november Windows 8 PRO WMC (using data.dat illegal) thanks to http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/35650-Creating-a-Windows-8-AIO-with-Media-Center-manually and http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/36058-Windows-Download-Integrator, and i use my free key upgrade promo WMC.
    2. I have today my Windows 8 PRO legal with my key.
    3. Can use my legal key Windows 8 PRO with my legal free key promo WMC without reinstall my system? What do i do?
     
  2. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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    You need to reinstall the PRO or downgrade the Operating System edition by one app:

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/36726-UpDown8-Windows-8-Upgrade-Downgrade-Helper

    PS:
     
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  3. BTOR

    BTOR MDL Addicted

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    There is two solution to this problem

    Solution 1 [not-so-clean method].

    1. Downgrade from PROWMC to PRO with UpDown8 [ select edition pro from the dropdown list].
    2. Insert the installation dvd and start setup.
    3. When asked for key,Put your legal key.
    4. choose to keep every thing including files,app.
    5. Once the downgrade finish, you will be restarted and get into PRO.
    6. Now you can add feature [WMC] with your key.
    7. when the upgrade finishes you will be back in to the fully legal PROWMC.
    8. Backup your activation.

    Solution 2 [Clean Method].

    1. Extract your iso.
    2. Start the setup.
    3. When it ask for key enter your legal key.
    4. Now install it in a separate partition.
    5. When setup finishes with dual boot, enter the newly installed windows and activate it.
    6. Upgrade to PROWMC with your legal MC key [Add Feature].
    7. After Restart,enter the new windows installation.
    8. Back up your activation. [in a seperate drive,USB].
    9. Restart and enter the first installation.
    10. Now delete the spp folder.
    11. Replace the spp folder from the above new installation.
    12. Delete the new installation,along with its boot entry.
     
  4. todo

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    BTOR MDL Addicted

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    To get a $!5 key the last day is 28 feb. you have time till then.but if you are going to do this one day then why wait,earlier the better.
     
  6. todo

    todo MDL Junior Member

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    My problem it's time: Backup, apply Solution1 or Solution 2, solution to others problems, etc. I have my key today for student, dreamspark premium;)

    Thanks for all
     
  7. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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    Dreamspark, Bizspark and MSDN standard Retail keys can be activated in any time independent of the promo that will end on the next day.
     
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  8. adacom

    adacom MDL Novice

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    i thought the offer ended 31st jan - happy to be corrected and am i right in thinking the key does not expire - i have a key but dont want to install it yet - maybe a few months ahead - am hoping and assuming key will be valid - know that was the case on 7 on a key i had for something over a year before activating
     
  9. Shenj

    Shenj MDL Expert

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    A paid key does not expire.
     
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  10. todo

    todo MDL Junior Member

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    Yes, thanks, but windows media center promo key expired tomorrow:eek::eek: it's my question
     
  11. No Saint

    No Saint MDL Novice

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    No issues using UpDown8 and then "upgrade".

    So those wmc keys expire real soon, what about those keys that have been used, could they be used again in future if we decided to format and re-install 8?

    Or do we need to rely fully on Advanced Tokens Manager's backup activation only.

    I asked because I will probably buy another hdd to replace this in couple of months time.
     
  12. naseap

    naseap MDL Senior Member

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    Think about it for a minute. This is a copy and paste from MS:
    If you buy a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you can purchase a download of Windows 8 Pro at a special promotional price that varies by region.
    So how can the option to purchase the promo upgrade expire on 1/31/2013. IMHO, the date to purchase a promo upgrade expires on 2/28/2013.
     
  13. adacom

    adacom MDL Novice

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    i had thought about it and searched but had always come up with the 31st Jan date but taking your comment as better info than mine i searched again and yes you are correct - i found this in the offer FAQ's

    What is the last day for me to register and order the Windows Upgrade Offer?

    You must make your qualifying Windows 7 PC purchase prior to 31 January 2013; you must register for the program and subsequently purchase and download the Windows 8 upgrade by 28 February 2013.


    which is great as i have an offer code and have just tried to buy but something is wrong as the order is cancelled every time i try - now have month to sort it when i thought i had a day
     
  14. todo

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    #16 Learner, Jan 31, 2013
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    I'm wondering why he can't simply change his key using "slmgr.vbs -ipk <key-here>" and then activate using "slmgr.vbs -ato" in command prompt (admin)


    Which is relating to another question I have.

    I bough a few legit keys during 14.99 promotion.

    I got free Media Centre Pack keys during free period. The period ends today.

    Problem is, I can't install windows 8 on every single computer right now for each key I bought.

    So how can I activate multiple Media Center Keys with just one installation of Windows 8 (which I can do at the moment)?

    I need to activate the Media Center keys because if they are not activated before the free period ends (31st Jan 2013), they will become void and cannot be used later.

    But if I activate them now, I can use them later anytime. So how can I activate them without installing windows 8 for each key?

    Could I use the commands I posted above?
     
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  17. todo

    todo MDL Junior Member

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    #18 todo, Jan 31, 2013
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    o_O very easy??:suicide: Not, originally, i have Windows 8 Pro WMC, not Windows 8 Pro (my legal key);)