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Will an Win 8.0 key work on a clean install of Win 8.1?

  1. #11


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    Tews, looks like those keys have since been blacklisted according to other who get the same error message when trying to use them.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The generic install keys are blacklisted, if that's what your referring to.
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  3. #13


    Those keys cannot be used to ACTIVATE, but they can be used to INSTALL. Once you install, you run slmgr.vbs and import your "real" key back in.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Those keys cannot be used to ACTIVATE, but they can be used to INSTALL. Once you install, you run slmgr.vbs and import your "real" key back in.
    I meant they are blacklisted for the download. Sorry for confusing things. Yes you can install with them but they won't activate. I haven't had to do the slmgr.vbs, I just clicked on the "change key" and entered my valid key.
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