Need some activation assistance

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by adrian2055, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    The time has come for me to finally move away from vista. it works fine for me, but I don't want to get stuck in the dark ages and since I have no desire to use 7 (can't stand it) I would like to move up to 8. My only issue is I'm confused about the activation process. Can someone please tell me if there is an offline activation process for Windows 8 Professional?
     
  2. wolf69

    wolf69 MDL Senior Member

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    there is no offline activation as of yet for windows 8
     
  3. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    Not surprised. Can you use it for like 90 days like you could with other versions of windows?
     
  4. plnet

    plnet MDL Novice

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    There doesn't seem to be a time limitation in RTM version (and you get 1000 rearms, too). Let's see if that changes in retail version.
     
  5. adrian2055

    adrian2055 MDL Member

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    SWEET!!!! ***saves RTM version to disc***
     
  6. KrlzGmz

    KrlzGmz MDL Novice

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    You could also use Enterprise Evaluation. 90 days with 1 rearm.
    If you don't activate RTM, Windows 8 UI personalization will be blocked.
     
  7. wolf69

    wolf69 MDL Senior Member

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    The rtm build is the same build that will be available on Oct
     
  8. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Little advice: there are a lot so called offline activators in the wild. Some are automated scripts for KMS activation which only work if there´s a KMS host reachable for public, so there´s atm none of them on.
    The other version (can be verified by size - 30 to 45MB) is replacing/modifying system files and registry to fool you and your system in thinking it´s activated, these are FAKE! and might be infected.
     
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  9. bk109

    bk109 MDL Senior Member

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    By the way,in case you don't want to lose all your settings and installed programs, you might want to consider the somewhat lengthier (but less destructive) upgrade path of going Vista -> 7 -> 8 . On the plus side, this will retain installed programs,settings and whatever (don't trust Easy Transfer, because it has a nasty tendency to go belly up when you need it)
     
  10. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT MDL Addicted

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    I recently tried, for the first time, a Windows 7 to 8 upgrade while keeping all programs and settings. Everything seemed to go great at first, but then I noticed things like the Control Panel and the Command console wouldn't ever open. This 7 installation was less than a year old and really not used horribly much. Maybe it would have worked 100% if it was a brand new fresh installation (which there may be a valid reason for sometimes - I'll write that up separately in a new thread when I'm done completing my experiment).

    I recommend against this, and although the transfer wizard sucks and is slow, I've never had a problem with it maintaining integrity. You can always backup files manually and to hell with settings. :)

    Vista->7->8 would probably be even worse than 7->8.
     
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  11. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Don´t shure if there is still the bug of no working metro apps after upgrading win 7 to 8....if needed.
     
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