How to change WMC key to the free legit one?

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  1. CuteBirdy

    CuteBirdy MDL Junior Member

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    I've already installed Win8 Pro with WMC, using a key. But now I have a legit key from the Microsoft giveaway. How do I change the key on my WMC Windows, to the legit one? There is no more option to "upgrade" to WMC using the legit key, because I already installed it previously.
     
  2. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #2 s1ave77, Oct 28, 2012
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    In order you probably used a leaked key to activate, there is afaik no info so far if this way works. To activate windows with a new key only type
    Code:
    slui 3
    in an administrative CMD.
    Regards
     
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  3. CuteBirdy

    CuteBirdy MDL Junior Member

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    Is it as simple as just slui 3? Has anyone done it, and confirmed it is that easy?

    Will entering the free WMC key in slui 3 just work, or does the key have to be "activated" in some way, during the process of installing the WMC addon (which I can't do anymore because I already installed it)?

    I really don't want to reinstall Windows 8 again in case something goes wrong.
     
  4. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    open run command > Win+R
    type: slui 3

    will open a window to enter/paste you new key
     
  5. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Would be interested in this info too :D. Typing this command is as simple, but the question is, what the MS-Server is saying to your entered key.
     
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  6. CuteBirdy

    CuteBirdy MDL Junior Member

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    Come on, nobody can confirm how to do it safely and properly?

    500 views on this thread, so I'm sure a lot of people are interested in the answer...
     
  7. gamer765

    gamer765 MDL Novice

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    If you're that impatient, try it yourself. Stop looking for guinea pigs if you're the only one who needs it.
     
  8. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Give it a try in a virtual machine and you wil know :D.
     
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  9. whoareyouxda

    whoareyouxda MDL Member

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    I can confirm, going from a "non"-legit key to a "legit" key using : "slmgr -ipk YOUR-KEY-HERE" works, it auto activates after about 10 seconds :)
     
  10. disc4

    disc4 MDL Novice

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    slmgr -upk

    slmgr -ipk (your new key here)

    slui

    (click "activate now")
     
  11. CuteBirdy

    CuteBirdy MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks, you two are lovely ;)
     
  12. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #12 s1ave77, Oct 29, 2012
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    So far i see no prove, that it will work in this case (maybe i´m blind). Procedure, was mentioned above. You can do this even directly via:
    no difference. Question is still what happens, if WMC is installed at this moment :D.
    Regards
     
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  13. shawnmos

    shawnmos MDL Member

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    It says the key can only be used for upgrades not clean install. Work around?
     
  14. hack

    hack MDL Senior Member

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    More info needed are you trying to do a clean install, is it a free upgrade WMC Key, are u in the same position as the OP
     
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    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #15 s1ave77, Oct 29, 2012
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    Downgrade

    A downgrade to non-wmc-version might be a solution.

    Open regedit and navigate to:
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    Change values for
    Code:
    EditionsID
    to
    Code:
    Professional
    and
    Code:
    ProductName
    to
    Code:
    Windows 8 Pro
    .

    To perform a so called In-Place-Up/Downgrade start
    Code:
    Win8Install\sources\Setup.exe
    not the one in main folder of install-media.

    Install should assume your settings and programs. After Installation is done only delete
    Code:
    C:/Windows.old
    via your systemdrives properties and "Disc Cleanup" >>> "Clean up system files". There should be an entry like "Previous Win Installations" or similar and hit "OK".




    To downgrade to normal Enterprise version if installed Evaluation Copy:

    Code:
    EditionsID
    to
    Code:
    Enterprise
    and
    Code:
    ProductName
    to
    Code:
    Windows 8 Enterprise
    .
     
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  16. CuteBirdy

    CuteBirdy MDL Junior Member

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    No such problem for me. After I removed the key using the -upk command , a Windows metro UI app popped in and asked me for a new key, I entered the free key, and it activated. No need to type anything else to get it done.