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Upgrade with clean install

  1. #1

    Upgrade with clean install

    Okay. So I installed Windows 8 Pro from a clean install and tried to use an Upgrade license key.
    As I have read here this will not work. But, the fix listed in the tutorial section in this board
    did not work, either.

    Was the fix for someone who had already activated it from a Windows 7 Upgrade (Install 8 over 7)
    and now wants to install Windows 8 from a clean install??

    I have another computer I want to install Windows 8 with an upgrade license. It currently has Windows
    7. If I run the upgrade of 8 over 7, it should then activate? But then if I install 8 from a clean install
    afterwards, will I avoid the problem where it won't activate?

    Just trying to figure this out...

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  2. #2

    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Orlandotek,

    Did you use the tutorial below and step 5 and/or 6 in the tutorial below?

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  3. #3

    Yup. I installed Windows 8 Pro from
    a USB Key (downloaded the ISO when
    I bought the license key).

    I put in the license key duriing the installation and
    it after the installation it said" Product ID Not Available".
    in the system properties.

    I used step 6 by downloading the batch file.
    I ran as administrator.

    The box shown in Step 6 part E) showed up and
    I restarted my Windows. When it came back up
    all on its own it said "Your Winows Needs to be Activated"
    and took me to a screen to put in the key.

    I put in the same key as I did on the install. Then
    it gave an error saying the key was not valid.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10

    In that case, use step 5 to refresh Windows 8 to have it activate instead.
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