TechNet Subscription Product Keys & Upgrade to Windows 10


I had a TechNet Subscription prior to it’s ending that I used the keys for Windows 7 and 8 on several of my PCs to install an operating system. Recently I replaced a Hard Drive, installed Windows 7 Pro and used one of the keys to activate windows 7 and was successful. The notification appeared saying I am eligible for Windows 10 Upgrade and I took advantage of it. However, Windows 10 did not activate and I am getting the error “Activate failed because this device doesn’t have a valid digital entitlement or product key.  Error code 0x803F7001.”If I am getting the “eligible to upgrade” message before upgrading to 10, how can I be not “entitled” after I upgrade.

So, does anyone know if  TechNet subscriptions are in fact eligible or not.


Microsoft has retired  the TechNet Subscriptions service and discontinued sales on August 31, 2013 ( 90 day subscription extension). Since Microsoft ended TechNet subscriptions, all licenses under the program that has expired should be discarded under the terms of the licensing agreement. You would need to have an MSDN subscription to upgrade.

Best option will be contacting  Microsoft License support.


Pre-release product keys for Windows 10 Insider Preview won’t work

Microsoft has deactivated all pre-release product keys published earlier for builds of Windows 10 Insider Preview and they won’t work on any Preview builds, including Build 10240. Microsoft is not supporting clean installs of Windows 10240. So for the insiders only upgrade from earlier version will work.

Activation Issue with Windows Media Center In Windows 8.1 Pro RTM




I have downloaded and installed Windows 8.1 RTM version 9600 using TechNet Retail Subscription key. It was a Clean installation. The OS got activated but I am unable to activate WMC.I used the same product key of WMC supplied by Microsoft.


There was a long discussion regarding this issue at TechNet forum. You can go through the thread :-

You may get this fixed by phone activation. Or,you can use a different Windows Media Center key (if you have). That’s the easiest way to fix this annoying problem. Otherwise just wait till 18th October, when it will be released to the public.


Getting Windows Media Center Product Key:Biggest problem


I have been waiting for over three weeks for the product key. What is the problem? Will we still get it if the date of January 31, 2013 passes?


Window Media Center Product Key


Unfortunately getting the Windows Media Center product key has become the biggest problem all over the globe.Microsoft is aware of this problem and working on it.In the mean time users who haven’t yet received the product keys are requested to contact Microsoft customer service for the same.

Global Customer Service phone numbers


Fixing Product Key Not Received For Windows 8 Media Center


I submitted a request for a Windows Media Center activation code via; I sent this through on 24 Nov.  However, I have not yet received a code to activate.More than 72 hrs past-no response from Microsoft.What to do?


It has now become a known issue.The delay is due to international time zones one would assume.Sometimes using different email address for requesting product key helps.If you experience the same using different email id you may try the following:-

Depending upon the country where you are located ,call Microsoft Customer Service,eg.if you are located in US;Call  1-800-936-5700 or, 1-800-Microsoft (642-7676) and explain your problem. They will give you code over the phone.It may take a few minutes to get things done.

Global Customer Service phone numbers

Windows Media Center asking for Activation during downloading in Windows 8 Pro


I have Windows 8 Pro.I am trying to download Windows Media Center with a genuine product key  as an add on pack but during downloading it asks me to activate Windows which is already been activated.I can not personalize my settings as all are greyed out.


Press Windows key + X then click Run, then type: slui.exe 4 press the Enter Key

Select your country from the list

Choose the ‘Phone Activation’ option.

Do not select any option or do not press any button for the same.

Talk to the Support person regarding your problem.