Sudden dissappereance of Windows 8.1 activation

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by sreyan32, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. sreyan32

    sreyan32 MDL Novice

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    Hello,
    I have a very scary and weird problem. Today morning when I opened up my machine I found that Windows was no longer activated anymore. I had activated Windows 8.1 with WMC and Microsoft Office with the Microsoft Toolkit 2.5 but now suddenly I am seeing Windows activation has disappeared.


    Anyone facing a problem like this, my Windows update is on by the way so maybe Microsoft has found a way around the EZ activation of Microsoft Toolkit ?


    I need immediate help please thanks. Will Skype activation work ???
     
  2. Jazz

    Jazz MDL Senior Member

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    #2 Jazz, Jun 19, 2014
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    Activation via Skype will be a MAK Key, But that makes me wonder why it suddenly disappeared?
    What previously you do before this happened?

    Or you can you lates version Microsoft Toolkit
     
  3. Aemsa

    Aemsa MDL Member

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    See if windows defender didnt flag autokms.exe as a malicious file and got it quarantined?
     
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  4. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    does it quarantine without notification? Thought you get flagged first and decide what to do with a "fishy" file
     
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  5. Aemsa

    Aemsa MDL Member

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    I've noticed it does sometimes.
     
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  6. sreyan32

    sreyan32 MDL Novice

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    Yes you guys are right that is what exactly happened because when I tried to reinstall autoKMS Windows Defender did not let me.
     
  7. sreyan32

    sreyan32 MDL Novice

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    What is a MAK key ? Is the activation via Skype indefinite or do I have to renew it from time to time ?
     
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    Nucleus MDL Guru

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  9. Jazz

    Jazz MDL Senior Member

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    MAK key used for organization, you can activate more than 1 machine
    Renew or not, I don't know (i Never use MAK before) maybe not
     
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    Nucleus MDL Guru

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  11. Jazz

    Jazz MDL Senior Member

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    Never use MAK (Only home user used Retail Key), Btw Thank for Correction :D
     
  12. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    MAK key with SKype? I totally don't get that? That is not how MAK work for the years Ive used them. When they run out of activations, you used to have two options. Get a new one, or reload that one (at one time you could reload a MAK key, dunno today). I think you have RETAIL with MAK confuzzled
     
  13. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    Glad I pointed that out :roflmao:
     
  14. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    tEhLoNeR MDL Novice

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    I dont know if you solved it already, but for me I had to make sure that the software protection service is running. Otherwise you lose your activation, as well as not be able to do anything activation related. Mine unactivated as well and that was the problem.
     
  16. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    either you intentionally disabled it or you used a hacktivator? curious what was the reason it was disabled.
    if you even know for sure lol
     
  17. sreyan32

    sreyan32 MDL Novice

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    I don't have a choice other than to repair install my Windows 8.1. It seems that for some reason WMI in my system is broken. If anyone has any better ideas please do post it here.
     
  18. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #19 s1ave77, Jun 28, 2014
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    If not already done i would check system file integrity (in admin Command Prompt):
    Code:
    sfc /scannow
    And run a Component Store Repair:
    Code:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    If this doesnt help a Reset is still last resort :cool2:.
     
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