Is it true that Windows 8.1 Pro N can't be activated (and will be imposs..) by phone?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by MDJ001, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. MDJ001

    MDJ001 MDL Novice

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    I installed Windows 8.1 Pro N, and now I can't activate them...

    If I'd install Windows 8.1 Pro WMC, would I be able to activate them?

    If no, is Windows 8.1 Pro activation by phone still working?


    Please, make me understand this.
     
  2. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    I think Pro N can't be activated, but Pro activation by phone still works. ;)
     
  3. MDJ001

    MDJ001 MDL Novice

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    Why not?
    What about Windows 8.1 Pro WMC?

    Does it matter if Windows 8.1 Pro is VL?
     
  4. eydee

    eydee Guest

    If you use an N edition you probably have a legit key. Just wait until official release, and you'll be able to activate. If not, contact MS support.

    If you don't have a legit key, just forget the "N" edition. Why would you use crapware if no one forces you to do so?
     
  5. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    Who still use N crap of Windows NT 6.x ? Use full version and enjoy. :D
     
  6. alsta

    alsta MDL Novice

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    I activated Windows 8.1 VL with Windows 8.1 RTM Pro WMC Offline Activation RETAIL key (by phone). It worked, but don't have WMC. Windows VL Pro can't have WMC.
     
  7. MDJ001

    MDJ001 MDL Novice

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    Thanks for all your answers, but could you, please, answer me to two more questions: does anyone of you tried installing non-VL Windows 8.1 Pro and then upgrading it to WMC and does Windows 8.1 Pro WMC edition comes with WMC installed already, if yes, would it be possible to activate it by phone?
     
  8. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    1) Why is N Crapware? I thought it's actually better since it doesn't have the Microsoft crap like WMP and IE

    2) How come all the activating gurus didn't bother to find a way to activate it?

    3) How can one legally activate it if he has a Pro key?
     
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  9. MDJ001

    MDJ001 MDL Novice

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    It does have IE. At least for me. O.O
     
  10. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    So then what exactly is the diff. between Core, Pro, and N Edition?
     
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  11. MDJ001

    MDJ001 MDL Novice

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    There are both Core N and Pro N. If you install one of them, you don't have Windows Media Player and any related to it stuff, like Windows Media Center. This is the only difference. I downloaded N version, because I never use WMP. Sadly, I'll have to reinstall :C.
     
  12. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    thanks for the explanation bro, not much difference I see if it's just for 1 app (WMP)

    but why don't you simply install the normal version and uninstall WMP via the Programs & Features?

    Any problems with that?

    I remember on Windows 8 (not 8.1), when I uninstalled WMP, upon restart, I would randomly get a "Cum surrogate has caused an error bla bla bla" restoring WMP fixed the problem but Im not sure about 8.1
     
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  13. MDJ001

    MDJ001 MDL Novice

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    It looks like to me now that I wanted to have a sophisticated version of Windows. My bad :I.

    I'm still wondering if someone has activated a WMC version of Win8.1. Don't want to risk this time.
     
  14. netmain

    netmain MDL Novice

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    #14 netmain, Sep 23, 2013
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    YES, you can activate windows 8.1 pro WMC using retail keys via phone

    I've installed windows 8.1 pro on my friends pc, upgraded to win8.1pro WMC via the standard key, and when I tried to insert the offered upgrade key it wasn't accepted because it was already used on another pc... then, I graped a pro WMC retail key , inserted it and activated his copy via the phone.

    you have to fellow the correct steps, ex: you have to be offline when you insert the key ... etc
     
  15. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    One, well, you can't activate it.

    two, you misunderstand the activation solutions for 8 and 8.1.

    three, activate the normal pro version if you have the normal pro key.
     
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