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#1 +FaiKee

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:25

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.ne...imate-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.


#2 firey

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:28

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.

#3 Dot Matrix

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:30

"LOOOOL"?

#4 Wakers

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:31

"LOOOOL"?


He's laughing out out out out loud!

#5 .Neo

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:33

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

#6 OP +FaiKee

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:36

"LOOOOL"?

He's laughing out out out out loud!

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

#7 Guth

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:37

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

#8 Wakers

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:38

Did they apply this retroactively as well?

#9 +MikeChipshop

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:40

'LOOOL'?

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

#10 Guth

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:40

Did they apply this retroactively as well?

im still here :shiftyninja:
so far...

#11 +OOOOOOOO

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:43

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

#12 Guth

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:48

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

#13 He's Dead Jim

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:48

Heh...

#14 Axel

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:49

Win8 can be acquired legitimately for £25, I don't see how that's asking too much in the slightest!

#15 Wakers

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 13:54

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?