In this episode we will be covering the most important aspect of the whole saga, Transferring Windows license.
What was the situation at the time?
was informed that the key was installed on an another computer (Which
is something I already know!) but the old HDD was “fried” and the
laptop is thrown on some dusty shelve somewhere! How to let Microsoft
was given an activation ID and was instructed to call my local
Microsoft support number. No response.
Googled half a dozen of local support numbers (Libyan) and none of them even
replied. The last one said that the license cannot be transferred.
And started giving me pricing and offers. I wasn't going to give up
just yet (Which is true if the license was OEM, mine was PRO which I
I wasn't about to give up just yet!
read on the Microsoft answers site that if you call the support center and provide the
installation ID. (You will see it in the Activation settings when your Windows is not activated) They will give you an activation code you use to
activate your Windows.
looked up the nearest support number and it was in Kuwait! And the
minute prices were high!
couldn't call them via any VoIP service like Viber or Skype. And Windows was still not activated!
This is how the actual call went
called a good friend of mine who worked in a call shop who said he can help me. I
went to him and I was surprised he moved business. And took me to a
shop across the street to a friend of his!
guy was so nice. He took the number and gave me a decent working
phone (most of the phones were dirty and smashed) I called the number and it was an automated response. I navigated
through the options until I reached the most important part.
entered the ID with shaking fingers on the phone. Then the machine
dictated a number sequences. I entered that to the computer. And
Windows was activated!!
guy won't take a penny for a 10 minute call to Kuwait! God bless him!
drove home so happy! I had activated Windows and proven the local
salesmen wrong (the customer is always right? Not in Libya that is!!)
I had a good idea about the call process because I read this tutorial before going there, it would save you some time and money to do so!
Now that I had my Windows running side by side with Linux. I had one more thing to do before ending this saga, and that is to update Windows 8.1
But this will have to wait for the next episode of our Dual Boot Saga!!
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