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bk T
24-12-2012, 01:58 PM
Just read the fine prints (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/feature-packs) that it has to be activated no later than 31 Jan 2013. That's fine as I have already activated mine. :)


What if I need to reinstall my Win 8 after 31 Jan 2013 for some reasons, will I still be able to activate it?

Looks like creating a system image is a must if I wish to keep my Media Center!


24-12-2012, 01:59 PM
Yes, you will still be able to activate it, it just has to be activated the first time on that PC to be "validated" as such.

bk T
24-12-2012, 04:31 PM
How do they know that it has been activated before, if I do a 'clean' install the OS?

24-12-2012, 07:31 PM
It will be logged in the MS records / Activation servers.

24-12-2012, 08:22 PM
Make an Image of the system and you will not have any problems. Reduce the size of your system partition to about 50gb max, otherwise backups will take for ever. If I have a 500gb drive I make the system primary partition about 50gb followed by an extended partition containing 2 sequential partitions for Data etc. Sometimes, not always (W7), has a 100mb primary partition for the loader.