Just a quick question about the WMC key distributed from Microsoft.

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Shahe, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Shahe

    Shahe MDL Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    128
    19
    10
    So guys, I got a free WMC key from Microsoft, afterwards I reinstalled my Windows, and of course used the same key again. I was wondering if anyone knows how many times am I allowed to use the same key? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

    Oct 29, 2012
    835
    1,498
    30
    On the same computer, as many times as you like. On a different computer, never.
     
  3. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

    Aug 15, 2012
    14,717
    18,996
    340
    Yep, as usual for a Retail Key :D.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. Hackeur

    Hackeur MDL Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    297
    373
    10
    found a little glitch with that - I activated with the WMC key Ok before installing all my drivers, after all the drivers were installed and rebooted got the watermark on the desktop and when I looked at the activation it said the key was being used on another computer!!! strange it's exactly the same computer.
     
  5. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    274
    30
    10
    Windows 8 activation is very sensitive to any "hardware changes". A low level driver can be seen as a change and ask for re-activation.
    What to do when installing W8 is to install all majors drivers for your Motherboard, RamDisk if you use one, codecs pack, before attempting to activate Windows.
    (I had the same problem just installing DataRam Ramdisk last week)
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. SiKo279

    SiKo279 MDL Novice

    Sep 14, 2009
    4
    2
    0
    I found out that if you want to install the same key on a different system (or changed system apparently), you can use phone activation and it will work!
     
  7. Shahe

    Shahe MDL Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    128
    19
    10
    Thanks for the informative answers! :) Love the forums :)
     
  8. wolf69

    wolf69 MDL Senior Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    275
    18
    10
    I reinstalled windows 8 on my other drive same pc and it wouldn't take the key so I contacted Microsoft and he gave me a new key
     
  9. Shenj

    Shenj MDL Expert

    Aug 12, 2010
    1,557
    652
    60
    If you have a actual Legit Key you should report it to microsoft as i've seen several cases where this really should not happen, it looks more like a glitch/bug the Activation system in 8 has.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...