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Re-use Media Center key on another computer?

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Hi folks. Hope we are all well ;) Right I bought (genuine) a windows media center key for windows 8 for a old HP system (that system is dead as in gone) but I do have a brand new system. (8.1 installed as default) Now I bought a media center key for my old system but is it possible to re-use that key for the new system? Just wondering

 

Sorry for confusing everybody I forgot media player/center are different from each other ;)

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**** how do I edit the title ;) Sorry I was kinda tired when I posted originally

 

Sorted ;)

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I did some quick look-arounds... You say you bought this key, I presume the $9.99 price? I have heard that the free MC keys no longer work. Also I have read some people have done reinstalls and re-used their MC key but online activation does not work and had to do phone activation.

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Just tried it via add features to windows 8.1 and getting a this key won't work message (I did buy the key cost me 6.99 UK money I have the proof)

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So. Like Tripredacus just said, you've got to phone MS for them to help you reactivate it. You must.

There's no other way. But it'll get activated after they annoy you some. Now, ain't MS great or what?

 

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Oh crap how do I do this phone them? (Might get them to do my windows 8 key to upgrade to pro while i'm at it) last time I tried to sort this was...............fun! NOT!

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Last time I went down this road with Microsoft on the phone trying to get a Media Center key to work I had gotten my system into a "not activated at all" state and they charged me on the phone a whole $99 to get an entire new license.  I'm not stupid but they adeptly got me between a rock and a hard place on that one.  The important point is that a Media Center key can allow your system to upgrade (and there's NO way back) yet not work once it's upgraded.  I regard it as a nasty trap door they've set up.

 

I'm just mentioning this because it might just be better to just pay the $9.99 for another one and not use up your time.

 

-Noel

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