No more Windows 8 key to activate Windows 8.1 ???

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by free1975yuly, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. free1975yuly

    free1975yuly MDL Expert

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    I have a Windows 8 Retail key (Pro) and until few days ago I was able to activate Windows 8.1 RTM in this way(clean install):
    During the instalation I used a generic instalation key,once instalation was done I used command-mode to delete that Generic Windows Instalation Key and to input that Windows 8 Pro Retail key...Surprise:The server has determined that key could NOT be used...
    So,no more Windows 8 key to activate W8.1??With that Update 1 the users will be forced to buy a new key???
    I called today to MS and they told me that there is no problems with my key...but I should install and activate Windows 8.0 :eek:.
    Is here somebody who have issues like this?
     
  2. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    Perhaps you should try again and see. I have done it some time back (8 key on 8.1 and it worked), but not recently. Perhaps, you can try phone activation with 8 key.
    MS response remains stock.
    If it happens again and again, you are out of luck.
     
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  3. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    usually trying again using that same key works or disable your internet and call Microsoft to make a manual activation

    The customer service people working at Microsoft are muppets. like you, they told me to install Windows 8 then activate then upgrade to 8.1

    screw that! I am doing no upgrade, i did a clean install and it activated just fine using my Windows 8 key
     
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  4. free1975yuly

    free1975yuly MDL Expert

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    I tried many times from installed W8.1 RTM but no luck.Allways is the same answer: on the phone,after I typed activation code the bot tells me my request cannot be filled,cannot generte my activation code.Online the server determine that my key could not be used.
     
  5. free1975yuly

    free1975yuly MDL Expert

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    I know that here is true: I cannot use my key.When I call Microsoft Romania they tell me there is not problem with my key.I activated now using the Cody's tool..Should I now deactivate and input my key then take screenshotts and put them here to be trusted???:confused::confused:
     
  6. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    maybe a stupid question: Can you exclude typos due to wrong keyboard layout or keyboard malfunction?
     
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  7. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    call Microsoft US number using Skype for Free ;) that should work
    tell them you live in the US if they asked so they won't advice you to call your own local MS support line
     
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  8. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    LOL, you can say that again, seems the operators in MS China are even worse, in PCBeta people are flaming those operators, seems those people has a standard answer sheet with just a few standard answers, and they just pick the answer that "they thought" is the correct response. :wallbash::laie:
     
  9. Yen

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    #9 Yen, Mar 31, 2014
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    -'a generic' should be w8.1 pro generic retail key XHQ8N-...to be entered @windows 8.1 setup
    -Why to delete the generic key? Just activate online entering / changing your key (@win GUI). No need to fiddle with slmgr -IPK / -UPK commands.

    ...AFAIK that still worked a couple of weeks ago. :confused:
     
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  10. pra_viilon

    pra_viilon MDL Novice

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    If your key is a MAK key then it will not work. You sure it is a retail key? Did you buy it from an authorized place? (some websites sell extra MAK keys which are left unused)
    I had a MAK key which I used for Windows 8. After upgrading to 8.1 my activation was gone. I had to get a new retail key.
     
  11. kvn864

    kvn864 MDL Novice

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    Few days ago I did exactly that: "used a generic installation key,once was done however I didn't use command line, just went to system properties and "Change product key" That worked. maybe try that.
     
  12. dekart811

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    #12 dekart811, Apr 1, 2014
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    I'm doing it by installing Windows 8.1 without a Product Key, you'll have to modify your 8.1 iso to make this possible (just google: "install Windows 8.1 without key").
    After the installation you'll have a non activated Windows 8.1, then open a Command Prompt (with Admin Rights) and use the follwing command to install your Windows 8 Key:
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    slmgr -ipk <key>
    Windows should now automatically activate the key, if not use this command to activate:
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    slmgr -ato
    I've already installed about 20 PC's by using this method without any problems, I hope it's working for you.
     
  13. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    SLUI 2

    And if that fails,

    SLUI 4

    You're welcome.
     
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  14. free1975yuly

    free1975yuly MDL Expert

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    I have a real Retail Windows 8 key but I chose to not use it ...for now.I activated using the Cody's tool,and about that key....maybe I'll try it later.
     
  15. Breach

    Breach MDL Novice

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    From my experience this happens when:

    - You try to activate a VL ISO with a retail key
    - You try to activate a different language version e.g. I can't activate the MSDN US retail ISO with my UK 8.0 key
     
  16. PaulDesmond

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    If you use same architecture you can use same key for all language version :p
     
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  17. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Yep, and even VL Win 8/8.x Pro will become 'RETAIL' version after installing proper Retail key :g:. (No matter the architecture ... )
     
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  18. Breach

    Breach MDL Novice

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    Well, it's been some time so I can't double check exactly with which 8.1 MSDN ISO my key was not accepted, but it was definitely the case. Then I started using the 8.1 en_GB MSDN retail image and it worked fine there.

    I don't think key are tied to an arch, are they?
     
  19. rami7250

    rami7250 MDL Junior Member

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    Use a new KMS (worked for me)
     
  20. yukikochan

    yukikochan MDL Novice

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    Call their support line and get patched to their product and activation support, if there's an issue due to the key getting corrupted they tend to give a new key if its required or fix your current one.