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Windows 8 product key

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8 product key


    Hi,

    I recently purchased an SSD and I tried to install Windows 8.1 onto it. It turned out my product key didn't work for win 8.1, so I tried installing Win 8, which worked fine. Now I start my PC after fully installing Win 8. And it asks my product key again. Only this time the exact same key I used for the installation in the first place, doesn't work anymore. What's up with that.

    Some background: I used to have Win 7, I got the Win 8 upgrade at reduced price because it was to be released a month after I bought my PC, and after a year the free 8.1 upgrade. I only have a Win 7 product key on a sticker on my laptop. And I since I didn't have my Win 8 product key anymore, I used a program called Belarc Advisor to find out what it was. I used the Win 8 product key for the installation.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    EDIT: The Win8 upgrade wasn't free. It was about 20 euros. Reduced price because I bought my PC a month before Win8 was released.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Some background: I used to have Win 7, I got the free Win 8 upgrade,
    There is NO free upgrade to Windows 8.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Oh right, forgot about that. It was like 20 euros or something. My bad.
    That doesn't matter though. I have a legal key, it worked for the installation, the exact same key doesn't work when I'm trying to activate the installation.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I think I know the problem now. (error 0xC004F061)

    So i seems I can't use that product key because it is one for upgrade from Win7 to Win8 and not for a whole new Win8 installation. So it seems I'll have to install Win7 and than upgrade to Win8.
    One thing still seems really idiotic, why allow me to install it with a product key that isn't going to work anyway..
    About the phone thing, I don't think that works where I live unfortunately.
    But thanks for the quick reply, your post helped me alot
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  6. #6


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    To install Windows 8:

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    To install Windows 8.1:

    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks. I'll look into them.
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