How To: Backup, Save and Restore Windows 8 Activation Genuine Key After Re-installation of Windows - Tutorial and Guide
Microsoft has released its brand new Operating System Windows 8 for general public worldwide and mostly people have already switched to Windows 8 from old Windows operating system i.e. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you're lucky one too who have finally installed and using Genuine Windows 8 on Desktop Computers and Laptop devices than you would be pleased to know that now you won't have to worry about your Genuine Windows 8 Activation Key if you have recently purchased it from Microsoft. Windows 8 Activation is the vital thing for most of Windows users because it provides Genuine Retail Keygen of Windows 8 which helps them to use Windows 8 permanently for a lifetime. In today post we are going to share How to take Backup, Save and Restore Windows 8 Activation Genuine Key After Re-installation of Windows 8 due to any incident or worst scenario. This method will helps Windows 8 users to Take Backup of Windows 8 Activation and Restore it again after Windows 8 Installation. Following method is applicable for all Windows 8 Editions including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise or Windows 8 RT under 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64).
Most of time users faced virus attack and windows file corrupt issues and problems due to which they re-install windows for better performance and improvement but after re-installation of Windows they lost their Genuine Windows Activation and then they have to Re-Activate Windows with Genuine Keygen which sometime doesn't work well for most of Desktop Computers and Laptop users so it’s quite helpful to take Backup of Windows Activation so that you can re-implement that restoration for activation of Windows. So if you're Windows 8 user and wondering of Windows 8 Genuine Activation Key than you won't have to worry anymore because you can follow the following simple steps and Guidelines to Backup, Save and Restore Windows 8 Activation Genuine Key After Re-installation. Restoration of Windows 8 Activation will help you to not further remember or implement the Genuine Activation Key of Windows 8 in future. So let’s follow the following Steps and Guidelines to Backup and Restore Windows 8 Activation after Re-installation of Windows. Following method will 100% works for any Windows 8 Editions including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise or Windows 8 RT, you can easily Backup, Save and Restore Windows 8 Activation Genuine Key of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise or Windows 8 RT under 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) versions After Re-installation.
Prerequisite Instructions before Starting:
- Users should remember that any changes in machine’s Hardware and Software are not allowed whatsoever.
- Users can't activate one edition of Windows 8 thinking you can use the backup for another edition later. The activation is only applicable to your specific hardware and OS edition.
- Users first have to re-install windows and then install their drivers first and then apply restoration method of Windows 8 Activation. You must install drivers before the restoration of Windows 8 Activation Genuine Key.
- If you want to check the status of Windows 8 Activation before and after, than you can use Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0 from Microsoft available here.
Steps and Guidelines to Backup, Save and Restore Windows 8 Activation Genuine Key After Re-installation:
Users have to follow the following method carefully for the successful implementation of tutorial. Follow the following simple steps and guidelines to Backup, Save and Restore Windows 8 Activation after Re-installation.
Step 1: Go to C:\Windows\System32\spp\ and backup the Store folder as this turned out to be the only folder you need to make backup of.
The store folder might be hidden, open up Folder options from Control panel and choose View tab, select Show hidden files and folders + uncheck Hide protected system files. You must verify that the store folder contains following files and folders:
- 1 file named data.dat which is hidden
- 1 file named tokens.dat which is visible
- 1 folder named cache containing a file named cache.dat
Step 2: Now Re-install Windows
Step 3: After Windows is re-installed I suggest running a new Command Prompt as Administrator where you need to type in slmgr -upk to uninstall the key so the status changes to Unlicensed
Step 4: After step 3 you need to reboot in Safe mode and easiest way is by using msconfig via Run. Choose the Boot tab and then Safe boot-Minimal, apply and restart when prompted
Step 5: After the PC has rebooted in Safe mode open a new Command Prompt as Administrator and type net stop sppsvc to stop the Software Protection Platform service (sometimes you can get a message that it's already stopped and not running)
Step 6: Go to C:\Windows\System32\spp\ and replace the current store folder with the backed up one (I just copied the folder and pasted over the old one replacing the files altogether)
Step 7: Go to Run and use msconfig and choose Normal boot under General tab this time, apply and click restart when prompted
Step 8: When restarted you can see that the watermarks are gone and by checking the usual slmgr -dli/dlv/xpr commands in Command Prompt you'll see that it worked and you're activated + by checking the Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0 you'll see License Status: License renewed and Genuine Status: Genuine. Congratulations!! Your Windows 8 copy is now Activated with Genuine Activation Key and you have successfully completed the restoration method. Enjoy!