Windows 8 Media Center Upgrade Promotion Keys

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by phrunt, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. phrunt

    phrunt MDL Addicted

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    I tried to use a previously unused Media Center Upgrade key today, although Windows itself accepted the key and generated a code for phone activation the code didn't work on the auto phone activation so I tried talking to a representative who told me the keys not valid, I tried another few of the same keys, same result... no longer valid.

    Were the keys only usable for such a small time? I assumed you had to get the key quickly but then you could install it whenever you like, it appears this wasn't the case and Microsoft refused to activate it for me.
     
  2. NICK@NUMBER11

    NICK@NUMBER11 MDL Expert

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    #2 NICK@NUMBER11, Sep 14, 2013
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    Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013!


     
  3. lcg

    lcg MDL Novice

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    January 31 was the latest it could be activated. Microsoft sent an email to remind people to activate their keys: "This is a reminder that you must activate your free Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key** by January 31, 2013:"
     
  4. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    That's right! All keys which were not activated latest on January 31. 2013 wasn't work any more later on. Key which were activated in the time frame October 26. 2012 to January 31. 2013 could be reactivated using the phone activation if not working otherwise.
     
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  5. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I wouldn't use Media Center even if you paid meh. MPC-HC + LAV + madVR FTW
     
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  6. Enigma256

    Enigma256 MDL Senior Member

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    You really like crapping in WMC threads about how awesome you are because you can find an alternate media player, don't you? People who use WMC don't use it to play videos. They use it because it's the best TV recording software and because it has a great 10-foot interface for a HTPC connected to a TV and controlled by a remote. You know, things that matter to a media center. But you evidently haven't used WMC and have no idea what it's actually used for, so do yourself a favor and stop embarrassing yourself with this threadcrapping.
     
  7. jeff69dini

    jeff69dini MDL Addicted

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    I've used my free media keys as recently as yesterday, activated fine! so Jan load of bs, lol
     
  8. Enigma256

    Enigma256 MDL Senior Member

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    You can reuse free WMC keys. But if that key had never been used before the deadline, then that key is dead. I have one of those. Dead as a doornail.
     
  9. MrAnalysis

    MrAnalysis MDL Senior Member

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    All of my WMC upgrade keys i got for free work. Some uses on MAK keys, some on KMS, others on retail. As for not using WMC... Who cares if you dont like it dont use it go use xbmc or something. I think a fair amount of people don't own a legit copy of windows and are using upgrade keys they got via the upgrade trick last year here to stay activated. Those people like i said don't have to use the WMC feature just use the activation.
     
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  10. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    I first activated one of my WMC keys just a couple months ago using MTK and Phone activation option

    First activation ever and worked fine
     
  11. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    I grabbed three WMC keys when offered. Used two of them and held one in reserve. Subsequent reinstalls & activation worked for the two used keys, never got the "reserved" one to take. Thanks for verifying what I had suspected.
     
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  12. phrunt

    phrunt MDL Addicted

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    I've tried 8 unused keys now, all dont work
     
  13. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    Thank you for your poignant and well thought out review. I will now go and uninstall WMC off all 6 of my windows 8 machines.
     
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