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LOOOL! Seems MS has slammed the door on "Win8 Free WMC Key Activation Flaw"

Sometime ago Neowin News reported on a win8 activation flaw, where people could get a legit copy of activated win8Pro+WMC over a not-so-legit KMS/MAK activated win8Pro; by using the free win8 WMC key:

http://www.neowin.net/news/activation-flaw-gifts-pirates-legitimate-windows-8

However, it seems MS had finally made up their minds to patch the loop-hope - today people in MDL(and as they mentioned, also on other forums) reported that, when they try to add WMC to KMS/MAK, or even Dreamspark-activated win8Pro and activate the win8Pro+WMC, it returned with a fail-error:

Activation error

Unable to activate Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. (Error code: 0xC004C4AA)

What it means and how to fix it

You might see this error after you used the Add Features to Windows 8 app to upgrade your current edition of Windows. The Windows 8 Pro with Media Center edition can only be activated on PCs that had Windows preinstalled, or Windows was purchased on the Windows website or at a retail store. To fix the problem, you need to install Windows with the product key provided to you in an email or with the DVD. If you think you have received this message in error, contact a Microsoft Customer Support representative.

Seems if people wants to add WMC; he could only do so with a pre-installed edition, or a win8Pro activated by a retail key.

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Hmm, oh well. I tried it on a VM back when it was first shown, it worked, and I haven't loaded it up since. I am personally okay with never having 8. Would be a different story if they fixed all of 7s activation tricks.

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"LOOOOL"?

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"LOOOOL"?

He's laughing out out out out loud!

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Anyone surprised? It was only a matter of time before Microsoft would correct things.

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"LOOOOL"?

He's laughing out out out out loud!

That was a expression I learned from canouna. :laugh:

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Can't believe it took them this long!

We all know though that within a week someone else will have a working activation method. They always do

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Did they apply this retroactively as well?

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'LOOOL'?

Microsoft patches flaw.... *searches for something funny* nope, can't find anything funny :D

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Did they apply this retroactively as well?

im still here :shiftyninja:

so far...

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I can only begin to imagine how many angry little freebie lovers are going to make out Microsoft is evil for this :D lol

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I can only begin to imagine how many angry little freebie lovers are going to make out Microsoft is evil for this :D lol

I just did a quick google and it seems there is another method via phone for permanent activation.

So this doesn't really change much

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Heh...

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Win8 can be acquired legitimately for

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I just did a quick google and it seems there is another method via phone for permanent activation.

So this doesn't really change much

That's a bit risky isn't it? Surely they'll keep a record of who's called them and used the exploit?

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That's a bit risky isn't it? Surely they'll keep a record of who's called them and used the exploit?

yeah I'd say so, I wouldnt chance it but seems to be working for loads of people.

You don't actually talk to someone, its just a machine and you type in numbers the installer gives you.

I guess you could call with skype then they wouldn't have your number.

infact dont do that, MS own skype, theyll probably still know who you are lol.

I need win8 for my desktop, as someone already said its only

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yeah I'd say so, I wouldnt chance it but seems to be working for loads of people.

You don't actually talk to someone, its just a machine and you type in numbers the installer gives you.

I guess you could call with skype then they wouldn't have your number.

infact dont do that, MS own skype, theyll probably still know who you are lol.

I need win8 for my desktop, as someone already said its only

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Win8 can be acquired legitimately for

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and then we wonder why the copyright holders are ****ed

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Anyone surprised? It was only a matter of time before Microsoft would correct things.

It'll only be another matter of time before the hackers find a new hack.

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It'll only be another matter of time before the hackers find a new hack.

LOL, it didn't take long, people found that the loop-hole has not been completely patched.

But of course, it's not allowed to discuss on warez in Neowin.

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Anyone surprised? It was only a matter of time before Microsoft would correct things.

And it's about time. But it's only time before the pirates find away around it and then MS will raise the prices on their software again and make us legit users pay for the thefts.

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Microsoft was aware of this flaw for months but didn't care. A Technet member reported it on their forum in August 2012. I don't recall the exact link for this thread. The guy was hoping that ''either Technet or MSDN administrators would get their act together''.

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Most likely Microsoft didn't care because you can activate for free using at least three other methods (so far anyway),

If I was them I would err on the side of caution so as not to cause problems for legitimate users.

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I admit I ordered a few extra WMC keys in case I felt like using this exploit but never got around to it. I already got my legit key Pro key from the upgrade promo anyway and could care less about the media center features.

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