Help on simplest path to installing Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Glave, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Glave

    Glave MDL Novice

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    Last year when MS was offering upgrade Pro licenses for $40, I bought two, once for my desktop, one for a future laptop. I also did the same with the Media Center Pack upgrade. This gave me four keys, two for the Pro Upgrade, two for the Media Center Pack.


    I got my shiny new laptop yesterday, and it's running 8.0 Standard. I figured this is a great opportunity to wipe it out, and clean install with my extra keys, so following this thread (forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/47483-Windows-8-1-WMC-Creation-and-Activation-Guide) I created my 8.1 with WMC key and installed it. Now the dilemma. It won't accept either of my two keys. The $40 8Pro key, or the WMC Pack key.

    What is the simplest process with the least amount of upgrade steps to get this right? I really don't want to restore the laptop, upgrade to 8 Pro, upgrade to WMC, and then upgrade to 8.1. There has to be a more straightforward path!
     
  2. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    call MS , activate over phone:bye1:
     
  3. Glave

    Glave MDL Novice

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    I can't even enter a key though! They get rejected without even attempting activation.
     
  4. AlexAlba

    AlexAlba MDL Addicted

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  5. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    my bad, thought you installed it already, follow AlexAlba suggestion:D
     
  6. Glave

    Glave MDL Novice

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    Sadly, the amount of time it took to apply the WMC update was longer than it actually took to install 8.1 as a whole.
     
  7. Glave

    Glave MDL Novice

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    And now, after installing a bunch of drivers and getting it set up, I noticed that Windows is no longer activated. :jumpon: