Preferred Windows 8 activation method - WMC Key or KMC?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Malak101, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. Malak101

    Malak101 MDL Novice

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    I'm building a new PC for a friend and I'm trying to decide which activation method would be better, paying £6.99 for a WMC key or just sticking with KMC and paying nothing. Which would be better for a non-techie in the long term?
     
  2. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    If you take your customer dearly you should take the best option, which is buying WMC key.
     
  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    What the hell is KMC?
     
  4. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I think he's confused about using a legit ProWMC upgrade key or KMS activator.
     
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  5. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    That settles it, BUY the bloody key... But first you need to have Win8.x Retail activated!
     
  6. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    That way MS wants it to be ... generic activation tokens will do the same job :cool2:.
     
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  7. Ming_the_Merciless

    Ming_the_Merciless MDL Member

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    I just got off the phone with Steve Ballmer. He needs you to purchase that WMC key. Those Lakers didn't come cheap, you know.
     
  8. Malak101

    Malak101 MDL Novice

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    Ha my bad, I meant KMS. Thanks for your input everyone! I'll roll with WMC ;)
     
  9. Y314K

    Y314K MDL Junior Member

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    So any way to have it activated and then just pay the $9.99 for WMC key ?
     
  10. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    After installing or upgrading to ProfessionalWMC it only needs generic activation tokens to make the system accept the WMC key :g:.
     
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  11. crashnburn

    crashnburn MDL Senior Member

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    So does it become a Genuine Valid MGA license / activation as per MS// as compared to KMS games?
     
  12. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    I'm pretty sure that in the eyes of M$, activated is activated. Only you (and perhaps the NSA) know how you got there.
     
  13. crashnburn

    crashnburn MDL Senior Member

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    Yes. But this would be without a KMS working in the back to keep the Win 8 active. Does WMC activation make it such that when you call MS it checks out in their DB?
     
  14. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    True ProWMC keys are Retail, so, yeah, permanently activated.
     
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  15. Y314K

    Y314K MDL Junior Member

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    #17 Y314K, Aug 15, 2014
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    This is what I've learn from posts done by Murphy78 regarding other forums with threads that help with activation & getting WMC keys...

    ProWMC Retail Key activated = Phone home to MS in a daily/bootup basis ???

    KMS activated = Not phoning home on a daily/bootup basis but could be a problem in the future but shouldn't ???
     
  16. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    If you have a legit Retail key, why bother?

    KMS activation in ProWMC is due to a glitch in the KMS/licensing system. The VolKMS license channel exists and MS provides a GVLK key.
    Yes, there are issues:
    1. Duration is much shorter (30 days for 8.0 and 45 days for 8.1).
    2. There is no automatic renewal from the OS itself (the Interval parameters from the KMS server don't work).
    3. ProWMC can only be activated by a KMS server emulator. A real KMS server doesn't accept queries from that SKU.
    4. It could get patched anytime, although they seem to give a flying f**k currently.
     
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  17. moderate

    moderate MDL Guru

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    KMC is KMS and WMC put together, so basically it is unactivated system... :))
     
  18. Y314K

    Y314K MDL Junior Member

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    So no matter the KMS prog in 45 days we would need to manually reactivate it ?? So KMS is as patchable/disablable as the phone activation from other forums.

    Thanks a lot for explaining everything. My problem right now is not having a Retail key in order to be able to purchase the $10 WMC key from MS. Trying to figure out how to get pass that point... If anybody figures it out please PM me...