Question about 8.1 and WMC.

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  1. nilum

    nilum MDL Junior Member

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    #1 nilum, Dec 13, 2013
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    First, where do I get a legit WMC key? Can I get a legit key if my Windows is KMS activated?

    Second, what is the best method to get 8.1 with WMC installed? I've read that 8.1 Pro VL no longer allows you to add features. So I assume that I can't clean install Windows Pro VL and use MTK 2.5 Beta to activate and then upgrade to WMC.

    I've read this guide on generic activation tokens, but it seems this method might not work in the future.

    I've also read about "Pre-Activation" with MSMG, but it seems you need a legit key or you already need valid activation tokens.

    So, I assume I have to take the steps to make "generic activation tokens" before I can even make a pre-activated 8.1 WMC ISO.

    What is the best way to go about this as of now?

    Is it possible for MTK 2.5 to activate retail copies of 8.1 Pro? Then still use add features to get WMC (using a generic WMC key)?

    Also, I am still unsure on how to go about getting a legit WMC key. I was told they are free, but I don't know where on Microsoft's site to get them.
     
  2. bmurphr1

    bmurphr1 MDL Junior Member

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    The latest KMSpico activates Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center with no problems, but you have to install 8.1 with WMC as a fresh installation and not an upgrade. Even if you already have Windows 8.1 installed, in order to KMS activate 8.1 Pro with WMC it requires a full reformat. Once installed, run KMSpico and it will activate no issues. No key is necessary, other than the GVLK key to install the OS.
     
  3. nilum

    nilum MDL Junior Member

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    Okay. So I need to get create/find an 8.1 ISO with WMC built-in. Then I can use a normal Pro GLVK key to install?

    Can I use MTK 2.5 BETA instead of KMSpico?

    Also, does this method create permanent activation or does it require activation to be renewed every so often?

    I was under the impression that the "generic activation token" method is permanently activated.
     
  4. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    #4 kelorgo, Dec 13, 2013
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    You can install from a retail Windows 8.1 Pro ISO, it doesn't have to be a Pro + WMC built-in ISO. As long as the Pro ISO you use is a retail version and not VL, you will be able to add the WMC feature after installation. What key you use during installation does not matter. After installation, you can always change to the Windows 8.1 Pro default key, and you will be able to add the WMC feature with a couple of clicks, without needing to activate Pro first.

    KMS activation tools such as KMSpico or MTK 2.5 Beta will activate Pro WMC, but since KMS is not designed as a permanent activation, you have to reactivate every so often.

    The "generic activation token" method gives you a permanent solution, but requires a legitimate WMC key.
     
  5. makisxxx

    makisxxx MDL Member

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    Hello all
    BTW is there any chance to get a download link for a Complete Windows 8.1 Pro + WMC.iso? not torrents or this AIO.isos that fly arround the web.i need a original W8.1+MCE.iso without installing afterwards the MCE with my legit keys.any idea where? :worthy:

    Thank you
     
  6. nilum

    nilum MDL Junior Member

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    #6 nilum, Dec 13, 2013
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    @kelorgo

    Okay, I think I got it to work. I made an AIO iso with WMC preinstalled, installed AutoKMS and used the EZActivator on MTK2.5. It now shows activated for 45 days (which I think is normal in this case).

    @makisxxx

    You can make your own.

    Just get one of these Core/Pro isos (x86 or x64, whichever you need):

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/47732-The-Windows-8-1-(-amp-related)-Repository#a7i

    And follow the steps here under where it says "Create a Windows 8.1 Pro with media center iso only":

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/35650-Creating-a-Windows-8-1-AIO-with-Media-Center-manually

    Then you should be able to use your legit keys for activation.

    OR...

    You could make it even easier by following the steps here to get generic tokens:

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/49539-Windows-8-1-Pro-WMC-generic-activation-tokens-creation

    And then follow these steps to make an iso that is pre-activated:

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...Pro-WMC-ISO-With-Net-3-5-Framework-Integrated

    That is the method I wanted to use, but I don't have a WMC key. And apparently you can't get them for free anymore.
     
  7. makisxxx

    makisxxx MDL Member

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    Thank you nilum :):):)
     
  8. Leica

    Leica MDL Member

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    This does not work. When I try to add features, it asks to activate Windows first.

    If I change the license key from Retail to VL and then activate, then it says this version of Windows does not support "add features".

    So either way is a dead end, unless I am wrong.
     
  9. s1ave77

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  10. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Yep that's the Pro one, in the Add Feature Window enter the one for ProWMC ending with JK7QT.
     
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  11. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    If you are trying to use a WMC upgrade key from Microsoft, then that's the expected behaviour. You are entitled to a WMC upgrade only if you also have a legitimate (activated) Pro installation.
    Again, that's the expected behaviour. Only retail customers are entitled to use a WMC upgrade, volume license customers are not.
    You can use the default WMC product key (..-JK7QT), which does not expect the Pro version to be activated first.
     
  12. Leica

    Leica MDL Member

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    Yes that is exactly what I was trying to do - use the WMC key which I got from Microsoft ages ago. Now I used the key that ends in JK7QT and the add feature worked like a charm :)

    Once again, you guys just know everything!!! :worthy:

    So, what is the meaning of life then?
     
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    Leica MDL Member

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    Yes that is what happened. Obviously WMC key is retail, so KMS could not activate it, but changing that key to the "generic" volume license key (ending in J8D3P) did the trick!

    Just one curious thing though, the activation by KMS is only for 45 days instead of the usual 180 days. Why?
     
  15. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Because that edition was never meant to be activated by KMS. A true KMS server will reject to activate. The emulators can do it, but with the penalty you observe. Just enjoy that it does work at all! ;)
     
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  16. bluenote73

    bluenote73 MDL Novice

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    I've got an 8.1 pro install that was activated with pico, and I only later realized WMC was going to be a problem. How can I salvage this install?
    I tried to follow along above and found the product keys mentioned, but apparently I don't have enough knowledge to do it properly.
    When I try to install 8.1 WMC key, it tells me, "the software licensing service reported that the product SKU is not found"
    Can somebody give me some hints?
    thx
     
  17. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    What's the actual problem? The Updrade to WMC? All info is already given.
     
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