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cannot use activation key

  1. #1

    Posts : 27
    win 8.1 pro with media

    cannot use activation key

    Hi all can someone please help me for some reason my PC crashed and i had to re install win 8 i used the activation key to in stall all OK but when i tried to install media centre i was told i had to activate o/s first so i went to action centre to activate but it is saying i cannot use this key it is for upgrade not clean install.
    Thanks in advance Dell

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  2. #2

    The Contemplator
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    You've got an upgrade version of Windows 8.

    See Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade and activate by Refreshing the Windows 8 Upgrade (Step 5).
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  3. #3

    Posts : 27
    win 8.1 pro with media

    Hi thanks for the quick reply but i have tried that still the same.

    I had to refresh it twice
    Last edited by Dell; 19 Jan 2013 at 12:41. Reason: update
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  4. #4

    Posts : 141
    Win 7 & Win 8

    After doing a clean install of windows 8, in order to activate windows 8
    You must do a (Refresh Your PC) follow this link Refresh Windows 8
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  5. #5

    Chester U.K.
    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Poo Edition (& Windows 7 Premium)

    Thought you needed Windows 8 Pro to use the media center key?
    If that`s what you are using , - have you activated the Operating system itself, with the windows 8 pro key before you try activating the media center?-This tripped me up, - when I used the windows 8 pro disk to do a clean install I had to install the operating system THEN activate it with the Operating system key before I could activate media center with ITS key. Even though the Windows 8 Pro disk is clearly marked "Windows 8 Pro" its only windows 8 until you activate it.
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