GUIDE: How to backup and restore Windows 8 activation

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  1. s1ave77

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    For OEM machine the backup should work to restore activation offline :D. Do you have the possibility to activate via phone?
     
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    Unfortunately I can't, look where I live. But there is a remote posibility to get my Windows 8 activated.
     
  3. s1ave77

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    What do you have in mind...?
     
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  4. Carlos Detweiller

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    For offline activation, there's always KMS...
     
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    Contact the sysadmin and ask him to allow a temporary direct access to get the activation done, but this would take some time.
    BTW Im a little worried because the original system came with Windows 8 and I installed 8.1 following some guides claiming it could be done, in short: fresh install Windows 8.1 using Windows 8 OEM : DM key (God help me)
     
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    Well, in this case I would like to get the real activation, so a little of patience will help.
     
  7. s1ave77

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    Should be no problem, as Windows 8.1 is offered as free upgrade for Win 8 Owners :D. Win 8 Keys are still working on Win 8.1.
     
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    Nice, I hope that activation goes well and finally have it backed up and use it offline.

    Thanks a lot for the quick answers.
     
  9. s1ave77

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    As long as you don't change hardware, the activation backup should work. I myself prefer a Full-Image-Backup :D.
     
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    I prefer that kind of backup too, but truste me, I don't have any other storage device than the laptop itself :( fortunately I found this solution.
    BTW, what software/method do you follow/recommend in order to get a full image backup?

    Oh and tell me if I am a bit off topic too.
     
  11. s1ave77

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    Using Acronis from an usb-pendrive here (install is too invasive for me, as it installs loads of drivers and other stuff). AOMEI Backup seems to be a good freeware solution to do the same job.

    Backup itself is a Full-Backup in standard settings.

    BTW: When i saw where you are located, i tried to imagine what might have happend, if the GDR would still exist. Would i be able to surf the internet freely like now...highly doubt it, but luckily thats speculation.
     
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    Well, that's another topic :D

    Surprisingly and quickly the friendly sysadmin allowed me to activate my Windows so I can backup the activation now.

    Thank you again for the hints.
     
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    Thanks, I think I should go with the free ones, of course, when I could get some other storage device.
     
  14. s1ave77

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    That's nice from him...good to know such people :good3:.

    From what i heard so far, the AOMEI solution seems to do a quite good job, and this is freeware :D.
     
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    I made the steps exactly as described here and I didn't got my Windows activated from backup :( does this work for Windows 8.1 Core?
     
  16. s1ave77

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    :doh:...didn´t realize you´re on Win 8.1. Problem is, this guide is for Win 8, but in Win 8.1 MS slighly changed the Licensing. There is now a '2.0' subfolder in spp\store. Not absolutely sure here, if that procedure is applicable this easy.

    Btw, from my experience, the best way to swap the Tokens files, is from a lifesystem like Ubuntu. Some tests to do it from inside Windows led to a crippled Licensing.




    EDIT: Unfortunately Advanced Tokens Manger from JoshCell, doesn´t fully support Win 8.1. Best bet i see would be Microsoft Toolkit from my signature. It has a backup-license function.
     
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    Yeah, I notice the '2.0' subfolder but I did it anyways, of course, unsuccessful results. I do work with Linux, in fact, what I have installed at work is Arch, you say if I use a Linux live-cd, backup the same folder and copy into the fresh system using the same live-cd would work?
    I already got Microsoft Toolkit, can I backup/restore activation using that tool?
    If not I should make full backup image, but I would like to have this kind of backup too.

    EDIT: can't test it right now, I got a fresh install and no activation, I have to wait again for the sysadmin. o_O
     
  18. Tito

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    @s1ave77

    Both Josh Cell's app & MTK have problems with restoring online activation in 8.1 but restoring phone activation is OK for both.
     
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    OMG! so full backup then :(
     
  20. s1ave77

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    Was aware of that fact for ATM, but good to know same applies for MTK :good3:. Thanks for the headsup.

    Yep, unfortunately it means exactly that :hmm:.
     
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