Windows 8 Pro Media Center Build 9200 Activation after reinstall problem

Read this think for some background: http://www.eightforums.com/system-security/29874-windows-8-says-avast-protecting-my-computer.html

I bought Windows 8 Pro by credit card when it was on special in December 2012 and installed it on my Lenovo custom-built Dual-Core computer, which is not UEFI capable.

After that - Windows offered a Windows 8 Pro with Media Center Product Key for free under a time-limited offer: <Removed Product Key information>


So I installed it before the end of the expiry period and happily ran Windows 8 Pro with Media Center on my machine for many months until Windows offered Windows 8.1 Preview for free. My mistake was activating this completely unstable system -- which is absolutely no improvement on Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 eventually crashed and I could only run the computer in SAFE MODE. So I had to go down the hall to my landlord's computer and spend 6 hours downloading the stable release of Windows 8 Pro onto a flash drive for reinstallation onto my disabled machine. As you must know -- you cannot do most important functions in SAFE MODE -- so I could not use the Upgrade Option to keep my files and settings.

So then I reinstalled Windows 8 and am still working on transferring the files from Windows.old...when I realized that i had lost the Media Center and that WMP was not working. So I reinstalled Windows 8 Pro with Media Center Build 9200 and tried to activate it with the Product Key that I had saved in my little Brown Book and was verified in the e-mail from last January 2013 that Windows had sent to me.

Then I find out the Key is BLOCKED! So I spent the better part of a day on the phone talking to Windows Support all over the bloody planet -- only to be told at the end that they will not help me re-activate the free Media Center! You can imagine how upset I am with Microsoft after all of that! After all -- I was in effect being a 'Guinea Pig'...working for free for Microsoft by trying their 8.1 software preview...and when that system crashed they won't even unblock or give me a new key??? I'v just about had it with windows and I am considering moving over to Linux or Apple after all of these years. Microsoft Customer Support is not up to the standard that I am accustomed to and I am severely disappointed, to say the least!
The thread that you pointed to indicates that you WERE able to obtain a new product key after this long hassle.
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Yes Barb...after spending the better part of two days on the phone with Microsoft Support Agents all over the planet -- I finally got one who was competent at doing his job! The long and short of this is that I will never again play Guinea Pig for Microsoft by trying out any kind of OS Preview, as it turns into a complete nightmare when that Preview crashes.

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Hi BruGordon,


Did you by any chance remember / get the name of the person at Microsoft who was able to help you and the location of where they are working for Microsoft at all please?



Regards,


John


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Hi John,

I'm glad you asked that -- because I was foolishly ready to torture myself once again by installing the RTM version of 8.1 just the other day in order to make the recurring prompt go away. But I did vaguely recall this incident and I had a suspicion that I would lose my Media Center yet once again! Sure enough...that was the case and MS has not resolved it. Although I declined to install the 8.1 Update as the computer was hanging on boot -- I did receive excellent customer service from a woman in the Manila, Philippines office named "IRIC". My case was reference # 1225687320. I hope this helps you.

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The thread that you pointed to indicates that you WERE able to obtain a new product key after this long hassle.
Yes Barb...but it is incredibly hard to update Windows 8 or 8.1 on any machine that has the old BIOS only and no UEFI. To this day I can't get into my BIOS from Windows 8, which I wanted to do to install another OS on a second HDD.

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I also have tried to re-install my Windows to 8.1 pro w/o media. I can go into my boot: tried  to install a new OS, 8.1 w/o media with CD/DVD and also USB Flash Drive but it goes right back to my Windows. I wish I could get somewhere with this. I too have spent several hours, Windows live chat, Windows 800# & internet research w/o any help. I am so frustrated with this. I can't even install a new OS.

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I also have tried to re-install my Windows to 8.1 pro w/o media. I can go into my boot: tried  to install a new OS, 8.1 w/o media with CD/DVD and also USB Flash Drive but it goes right back to my Windows. I wish I could get somewhere with this. I too have spent several hours, Windows live chat, Windows 800# & internet research w/o any help. I am so frustrated with this. I can't even install a new OS.
 Call Microsoft Support 1-877-568-2495 and get your case elevated to Level 2 Tech Support. You'll probably go from the Philippines to India during that process.

If that doesn't work for you, e-mail me: *** Email address is removed for privacy *** and I'll see if I can help.

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Dear, 

I need product key of  windows 8 pro. with media center build 9200. 

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