Windows 8 Activation after SSD Swap

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Unholypanda, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. Unholypanda

    Unholypanda MDL Novice

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    I just replaced my Vertex 4 with an 840 Pro and now Windows 8 isn't activating. Normally I'm good at this stuff but I'm almost at my wits end. I have a legitimate copy of Windows 8 Pro upgraded to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. I have tried both keys to activate. My Windows 8 Pro key just says that I need a MCE key. When I use my MCE key it just says that I can't use it because it is an upgrade key on a retail install. I have tried changing the MediaBootInstall key in OOBE and rearming but when trying to rearm it just says that I can't use that on a "non-core" version of Windows 8. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    If you use an legit Key, call to MS (using Phone Activation) and chose to speak with some employee. Explain what changes you had done and ask for to get activated. You may should have your Product/Installation ID ready because you'll need them. I don't see any problem for not to get activated.
     
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  3. Unholypanda

    Unholypanda MDL Novice

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    I can't get to the Installation/Product ID screen. Using slui 4 just takes me to a buy a new key screen.
     
  4. Yen

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    Settings-->change PC settings doesn't get you to activate by phone option? When calling them I'd make things very unpleasant for M$!!! Either they activate at once or they have to refund.
     
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  5. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    You already messed with your activation so at this point i don't think phone activation going to help. If you have activation backup use that & then try phone activation.
    If above failed you only left with option to install fresh & follow the upgrade path to media center. You can use UpDown8 to downgrade to pro & then activate that....
     
  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    The corect way is:
    MS has Toll Free Numbers in many countries. I've only the Numbers for VL Licenses and not Retail. Maybe that will also works for retail if explain the supported numbers isn't available for you or they give you the right one. It's depend how you communicate with them! First, after call is taken, you'll get on automated voice and need to chose your action, go untill it explains what to do to contact an MS officer in person and that you has to chose.

    Post your Country and I'll post the Phone number.
     
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  7. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    It's depend how he communicate with the MS Staff!! As always, be polite and friendly and explain that you didn't have any knowledge and need help! Even you had paid for the License, you're the one who need help, react as some!
     
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  8. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Right but in this case his activation ID will not work coz os is pro+wmc & he tried rearm & all other nasty stuff like slmgr to change key & all... i am sure that all that rewritten tokens & has no previous activation info left... Let's see what op has to say....
     
  9. Unholypanda

    Unholypanda MDL Novice

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    Ya unfortunately I have tried a lot after calling MS support earlier in the day to no avail. I was transferred 4 times and then a tier 1 tech wanted to remote into my computer before I even explained the problem further. In the end I just ran an activator as a temporary fix until I care to reinstall. It's bulls**t though even when I buy an OS I just end up pirating it anyways.
     
  10. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Activator???? you mush have installed hactivator.
     
  11. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Na....! That say's enough. Claim to having a legit key and use an Activator? Why we should help for that?!:mad:
     
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  13. EFA11

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    You could always try installing Windows7 and Upgrading as it was intended too?
     
  14. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    A clean install of Windows 8 and the activation of the key via phone or internet will be it.
     
  15. Unholypanda

    Unholypanda MDL Novice

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    I realize that. Anyways the hacktivator didn't work and the activation window still pops up randomly and I cant use UpDown8 because my user files and such are on a different drive than my OS so that kinda sucks. IDK what else to do at this point besides reinstall.
     
  16. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Would highly recommend starting from scratch in that case, as you donĀ“t know which system components are already affected. In your case it can prevent getting activated even if you manage to downgrade.
     
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  17. Unholypanda

    Unholypanda MDL Novice

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    So after running MTK and installing AutoKMS I can at least use slmgr now. Anyone have any idea on getting the MediaBootInstall thing to let me re-activate with my legit key? I tried creating the MediaBootInstall key and setting it to 0, rearming, and then using my key but no luck still says it can only be used for upgrades, not retail installs.
     
  18. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Now what are you trying to do? Activating Pro only or pro+wmc? You can't activate pro+wmc without first activating pro & then user wmc upgrade key.....
     
  19. Unholypanda

    Unholypanda MDL Novice

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    I read somewhere that someone having this issue just needed to use his WMC upgrade key as the activation key and it worked.

    Also I read somewhere that MS removed the MediaBootInstall key in a recent Windows update.