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Windows 8 activation issue with free WMC key (MS Provided)

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  • I received a reminder to utilize my free WMC key (Microsoft offer at launch) via email today.

    I just recently reinstalled Windows 8 on my system, so decided to enter the product key. The key was accepted and Windows performed its upgrade process. Upon completion, I noticed that it was not activated.

    The initial message I got was:
    Windows has detected a change to system files that is preventing activation. Restart windows to activate.

    After multiple reboots I was still getting the same message. I see it has now changed to:
    Windows can't be activated right now. Try activating Windows later. If this issue persists, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support online to activate Windows.

    If I click the Activate button I get the error:
    Windows couldn't be activated
    Go to Control Panel to learn about other ways to activate
    Error code: 0xC004C4AA
    Error description: Unable to find a detailed error description.
    Unknown facility code of:0x04 (04L)
    Facility error: 0xC4AA (50346L)

     I ran the Licensing Diagnostic utility (replaces MGADiag in Windows 8, and got this output:

    <DiagReport>
    <LicensingData>
      <ToolVersion>6.2.9200.16384</ToolVersion>
      <LicensingStatus>SL_LICENSING_STATUS_NOTIFICATION</LicensingStatus>
      <LicensingStatusReason>0xC004F200</LicensingStatusReason>
      <LocalGenuineState>SL_GEN_STATE_INVALID_LICENSE</LocalGenuineState>
      <LocalGenuineResultP>0</LocalGenuineResultP>
      <LastOnlineGenuineResult></LastOnlineGenuineResult>
      <GraceTimeMinutes>0</GraceTimeMinutes>
      <TotalGraceDays>0</TotalGraceDays>
      <ValidityExpiration></ValidityExpiration>
      <ActivePartialProductKey>TCKWD</ActivePartialProductKey>
      <ActiveProductKeyPid2>00181-00148-26585-AB741</ActiveProductKeyPid2>
      <OSVersion>6.2.9200.2.00010100.0.0.103</OSVersion>
      <ProductName>Windows 8 Pro with Media Center</ProductName>
      <ProcessorArchitecture>x64</ProcessorArchitecture>
      <EditionId>ProfessionalWMC</EditionId>
      <BuildLab>9200.win8_gdr.121119-1606</BuildLab>
      <TimeZone>Mountain Standard Time(GMT-07:00)</TimeZone>
      <ActiveSkuId>7e324006-b4e8-4d0d-b52a-44c59af7b03f</ActiveSkuId>
      <ActiveSkuDescription>Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel</ActiveSkuDescription>
      <ProductUniquenessGroups>55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f</ProductUniquenessGroups>
      <ActiveProductKeyPKeyId>cf965107-f8d3-c094-e1bb-9a5ef49bd538</ActiveProductKeyPKeyId>
      <ActiveProductKeyPidEx>05426-01810-014-826585-01-1033-9200.0000-0252013</ActiveProductKeyPidEx>
      <ActiveProductKeyChannel>Retail</ActiveProductKeyChannel>
      <ActiveVolumeCustomerPid></ActiveVolumeCustomerPid>
      <OfflineInstallationId>722111488153159579726426029654635605016180928516297517724586800</OfflineInstallationId>
      <DomainJoined>true</DomainJoined>
      <ComputerSid>S-1-5-21-3131172806-3822119866-1980072720</ComputerSid>
      <ProductLCID>1033</ProductLCID>
      <UserLCID>1033</UserLCID>
      <SystemLCID>1033</SystemLCID>
      <CodeSigning>SIGNED_INFO_PRS_SIGNED</CodeSigning>
      <ServiceAvailable>true</ServiceAvailable>
      <OemMarkerVersion></OemMarkerVersion>
      <OemId></OemId>
      <OemTableId></OemTableId>
      <Manufacturer>INTEL_</Manufacturer>
      <Model>DG45ID__</Model>
      <InstallDate>20130116133558.000000-420</InstallDate>
    </LicensingData>
    <HealthCheck>
      <Result>PASS</Result>
      <TamperedItems></TamperedItems>
    </HealthCheck>
    <GenuineAuthz>
      <ServerProps>0xc004f200</ServerProps>
    </GenuineAuthz>
    </DiagReport>
    

    Any suggestions?

    Sorry if this isn't the right forum, I didn't see any Windows 8 activation forums.

    Friday, January 25, 2013 9:15 PM

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