Activation issue Win 8.1 Technet license with free Media Center Key RRS feed

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  • On both my computers I installed Windows 8.1 with my TechNet keys as the Win 8.0 retail keys were not accepted. They both activated fine.

    Afterwards I added the Media Center Features using the free keys I got last year with the Win 8.0 release. Then the hassle started...

    Both my Windows installations lost their activation. I called the MS activation hotline, who refused to activate the installations as they're based on TechNet licenses.

    Okay, fine, TechNet licenses don't work with the Media Center add-on. I understand that restriction, and have no choice but to accept it.

    I then tried to exchange the keys to the retail ones, which also does not work, since These keys are good for Win 8.1 Pro without Media Center only. I put in another Media Center key, which gets accepted, but then doesn't activate again.

    So it seems I'm stuck. Is there any way to force the system to use the Win 8.0 retail key for the base Installation...?


    Monday, October 28, 2013 4:05 AM


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