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Old June 5th 18, 10:34 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-8
Lady Godiva
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Hi,

I have an old computer running Windows 8 which I use to run audio
manipulation programs, many of which don't work in Windows 10.

I wasn't aware that this computer was running a licence version of
Windows 8 and it's been telling me the license is going to expire for a
while now - I believe it's actually tomorrow.

Can anyone give me an idea how I can solve this and not lose all of my
access to these applications?
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Old June 5th 18, 11:17 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-8
Paul[_32_]
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Lady Godiva wrote:
Hi,

I have an old computer running Windows 8 which I use to run audio
manipulation programs, many of which don't work in Windows 10.

I wasn't aware that this computer was running a licence version of
Windows 8 and it's been telling me the license is going to expire for a
while now - I believe it's actually tomorrow.

Can anyone give me an idea how I can solve this and not lose all of my
access to these applications?


# When an OS hasn't had a license key installed, you
# can use this on Vista or later, to extend the grace
# period. For example, if the grace period is 30 days
# and on day 29 you use this command as administrator,
# the grace period is extended by another 30 days.
# You can probably do this twice, for a total of 90 days usage.
# If you are using an Enterprise version, sometimes those
# continue to run, but they unceremoniously reboot after
# about 30 minutes runtime.

slmgr.vbs -rearm

# This command is for WinXP, to do the same thing on day 29.

rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk

I'm telling you this, so you can avoid brickage which
you think is about to happen any minute now.

*******

Now, I'm not doing you any favors by telling you that.

If you have invested time in setting up a disk drive
with useful tools, loading user data on it and so on,
you need a plan.

Either you use OSes for short periods of time (I do that),
or you're in for the long haul. Any OS I have a ton of
stuff installed in, those are licensed (and obviously
activated). I install test OSes all the time (like
in a VM) to try stuff out, but those get tossed after
around 3 days or so.

You can use hacks to get around activation, such as
Daz Loader, but I don't use that, and there probably
won't be a lot of advice here about how to do that.
It's not a religious issue with me, it's more
a practical issue of not booting up some day to
a pile of brokenness. I need some number of OSes
I can trust. And the two copies of Windows 8 I bought,
only cost $39.95 each, so you can't argue with the
price on that particular one. My Win7 Pro was a ripoff by
comparison.

https://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...e-other.72169/

*******

If you have a valid license key, the OS was activated,
and now a notification is popping up saying it is
"Not Genuine", Microsoft should offer free phone support
for that. They use tools such as MGADIAG to collect
information from the client machine, and from the
values shown, they can figure out what is borked
with the license.

There is not a web site where you can "type in a key
and check for validity". People would abuse such
a site if it existed. The combination of MGADIAG,
plus either a Microsoft forum helper or Microsoft
phone support, should be able to tell what kind
of a license you got.

But be aware, that if the first paragraph above has happened,
what actually happened is you bought some damaged goods.
This happens all the time. Mom and Pop computers
stores install an OS using KMS, they wink at you,
maybe don't give you the install disk and scoot
you out the door. And months later, your license
tips over because it really wasn't a legit license
in the first place. If that's what has happened,
if you're talking to Microsoft Support, they'll probably
ask you where you got the license from. And if mom and pop
steal enough software to run up a half million dollar tab,
Microsoft sends the lawyers after them. If your license
isn't legit, Microsoft phone support will offer to sell you
a license key on the spot, to fix things up.

I don't know what happened to your license, whether you
have a license, but that's a bit of background info
for you. I can't decode the output of MGADIAG, so
can't help with interpreting what it says. And I also
don't know what OSes that program is valid for (it might
not be for Win10 for example, not sure).

Paul
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Old June 5th 18, 02:04 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-8
Mayayana
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"Lady Godiva" wrote

| I wasn't aware that this computer was running a licence version of
| Windows 8 and it's been telling me the license is going to expire for a
| while now - I believe it's actually tomorrow.
|
Paul's info might help if you have some kind
of home made setup that's not entirely legitimate.
But it sounds to me like you might have malware.
A popular scam is to call people on the phone and
tell them they need to pay up for their Windows
license.

A Windows license does not expire. So if you've
been using the computer for years then you may
have malware.

You might try doing a factory restore, or find someone
who can. But be aware that you'll have to reinstall
your software if you do that.

Another option would be to download some free,
portable anti-virus programs and scan the system.

If those solutions don't work you might try posting
back with more info. Like the actual text of the
message you see, a screenshot if possible, what
the top bar on the message window says, etc.

You can also hunt it yourself, using tools from
sysinternals.com, but if you're not used managing
Windows on a technical level then that approach
would be what's known as a "steep learning curve".


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Old June 7th 18, 07:32 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-8
Mr. Man-wai Chang
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Default License Expiring for Win 8 and missed Win 10 upgrade

On 5/06/2018 2:34 AM, Lady Godiva wrote:
...
I wasn't aware that this computer was running a licence version of
Windows 8 and it's been telling me the license is going to expire for a
while now - I believe it's actually tomorrow.

Can anyone give me an idea how I can solve this and not lose all of my
access to these applications?


Licenses and product keys do NOT usually expire. Never heard of it!!

Maybe you report back tomorrow should it happen.

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