OK I've gotten myself into a bit of trouble.
I did my second Win 8 upgrade tonight, paying $40 for a 2nd upgrade key. Everything went great and then I remembered I could install Windows Media Center for free until January. I already had a key from my first upgrade and stupid me, figured "since they give these things away maybe I can just reuse this key."
So I entered the key and Windows accepted it and did the upgrade, but of course when the system rebooted I had an activation error since the key was being used elsewhere (my other machine). OK, so I grabbed the key from my Win 8 upgrade receipt but that's no longer valid because it's a Win 8 Pro key and I now have Win 8 Pro With Media Center which is a different edition.
So now I have a machine that isn't activated. I can't figure out how to "roll back" to Windows 8 Pro so that I can use the key from my order receipt.
I tried requesting another free Media Center Key but no joy there, maybe because I used the same email address for both upgrades?
I can't find a place to buy a Media Center Key since MS is giving them away. And obviously I don't want to spend $40 for another upgrade fee.
Is there any way out of this mess? I can live without Media Center...I mostly was installing it because it was free. I'm just not sure how to uninstall it in such a way that it changes the edition of my OS to Windows 8 Pro again.
TIA for advice...my first post here and you folks seem like you know what you're talking about.
- Edited by pasmith000 Saturday, November 03, 2012 7:56 AM
you can use a different email address and should for a different machine. peoplehave been reporting 2-3 days to get the key from MS.On Sat, 3 Nov 2012 07:55:33 +0000, pasmith000 wrote:> maybe because I used the same email address for both upgrades?
Hey. I have the exact same issue. I tried phone activation again just like you did but I get a response saying "Sorry, there seems to be a technical issue. Please call back again later.". I have requested for a media center key with different email address. I have still not received. Did you receive the Media Center key again?