transferring windows 8 activation to a totally different system!

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by joo nam, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. joo nam

    joo nam MDL Junior Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    in the past when you moved the already activated windows to a different system you had to re activate the windows at the minimum and most of the time it would not even boot.
    just got me a ASUS laptop with windows 8 pre installed and activated. after playing around with it i decided to replace it's hard drive with SSD. so i cloned the windows 8 partition and everything worked out perfect and still activated.

    few days later i mounted the original drive that came with the laptop in a new system i was building which had a GIGABYTE board and to my surprise it booted of the windows 8 partition as it was installed on it and it is still ACTIVATED!!!

    i really have no idea how is that possible but here it is a week later and it is still activated.
    what do you think happened here? is it just a fluke or this can be repeated on other systems as well?
  2. KNARZ

    KNARZ MDL Addicted

    Oct 9, 2012
    Something similar was already mentioned. Seems MS activation in W8 is not that strict as we know it from previous releases.
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  3. frwil

    frwil MDL Addicted

    Sep 22, 2008
    Would be very interesting to see a screenshot of "slmgr.vbs -dlv" result from this system...:confused:
  4. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

    Mar 8, 2010
    Changing hard disks and cloning rarely causes the loss of activation, so nothing new. Totally misleading to say `new system'.
    Motherboard change causes a loss of activation and it can be reactivated but one should always reinstall on a new CPU and motherboard.
    I have changed hard disks and cloned at least 50 times and I never lost activation or required reactivation.
    Reactivation anyway is not a decrement from your allotted activation count.
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  5. Garbellano

    Garbellano MDL Addicted

    Aug 13, 2012
    maybe is due because to "Windows To Go" feature.
  6. sadsac

    sadsac MDL Junior Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    But he's saying that he took only the original hard drive from an asus notebook and installed it in a gigabyte motherboard desktop system. So the only item carried over from the "old" system to the "new" system is the hard drive, and yet it retains the activation (according to him).
  7. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    Only available in Enterprise version so it not that.
  8. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    Yes I very much doubt it would still be activated, it would be like taking an drive from an OEM:SLP activated machine and putting it in machine without SLIC in bios it will not activate. I know widows 8 uses OA3.0 but it still has to match the MSDM key in bios.
  9. naseap

    naseap MDL Senior Member

    Jul 25, 2009
    I can confirm that what the OP stated can happen. I had an SSD drive installed in my ASUS p8p67 desktop system with Win8 pro activated and took that SSD drive and installed it into my ASUS g73jh laptop. The laptop booted up installed new drivers and has been activated for a while now. One thing to note is this was kms activated.
  10. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    Completely different type of activation.
  11. warlordll

    warlordll MDL Member

    Apr 25, 2011

    what i normally do is re-install x2...i also upgraded new system not long ago and had to do 2 installs in order for it to work..first one not activated then 15 mins or less later 2nd one the only way i know to my knowledge but id be happy also to hear of other ways.

    i also know the backup trick also if you already had a fully activated windows 8 but again that's only for that machine / set-up.