Sooo my laptop originally came with Windows 8.0 on it, I then wiped it and ran windows 7 and tonight after wiping Linux Mint off it I decided to go back to 8.
So, I was unable to locate a copy of Windows 8 retail but I found Windows 8.1 Retail. So I am now running that however it didn't detect my OEM windows 8 key so I had to use an install key. Well it appears to have detected it since the Windows Activation shows the last 4 letter / number combination of the key that Windows 8 Product Key Viewer shows but it won't activate.
So I have used my MSDM key from the Windows 8 Product Key Viewer program and the issue here is Windows then tells me this "That key can't be used to activate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key." but I installed Windows 8.1 core since I thought it originally had Windows 8 Core.
Is there a way to detect which Version of windows 8 the key is for so that if I installed the wrong edition I can install the correct one? Or do I have to install Windows 8.0 Core activate it and then upgrade or what? If it's the latter can someone provide me a retail copy of Windows 8.0 so that I can install 8.0.
I'm not sure what to do at this point and came here because I need to get this back up and running ASAP before the Christmas holidays end and I gotta go back to school.
Tiny update, According to my laptop original box it says the laptop came with Windows 8.1 on it. So i'm not exactly sure why it won't activate :/ again, Help is greatly appreciated.
Some more information.
I also ran this: Can't activate Windows 8.1 due to product key issue and got
Product Name: Windows 8.1
Product ID: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-AA522
Installed Key: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-D3VPT
OEM Key: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-FM36R
Added the xxxxx things to make it safe to post.
However when trying the OEM key I get the error I posted above.