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How to activate Windows 8 upgrade from a new installation

dfgfgd

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Hello,

a friend of mine has the following problem:

He bought a Windows 8 Pro upgrade licence, but did a complete new installation. But now he can't activate Windows 8. He is owner of a valid Windows 7 key, but there is no option to validate your Windows 8 licence, if you did a new installation. Former Windows installations asked you during the installation for a valid CD/DVD of a former Windows version, but this is not the case. So how can he activate his Windows 8 now?
 

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    Windows 8

NoelDP

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Begging MS for assistance is the only supported way, apart from a reinstall of the base qualifying license, and doing the upgrade properly.


telephone activation (operator calls)
Open the Charm bar
in Search type
SLUI 4
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions, but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you
 

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dfgfgd

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He tried slui 4, but he doesnt get a phone activation window, just the normal one to activate over the internet. Also, I am curious. I bought the offer for 29,99 directly from Microsoft (digital download). But I did a complete new installation with my upgrade license and mine was activated fine, why?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8

NoelDP

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So long as you start the upgrade from within the current Windows installation, you shoulld be OK - if you start from a DVD boot, or with a clean HD, then things go screwy
 

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  • OS
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)
    Name
    Noel Paton
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus K52F
    CPU
    i3
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    it's an i3 :)
    Sound Card
    Conexant (rubbish - or it may be the speakers)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Occupation
    Chance would be a fine thing!
    Internet Speed
    whatever I can get - G3
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    State/Region Flag
    uk wales

Brink

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mvp
Hello dfgfgd,

Where did he get his copy of Windows 8 Upgrade from?
Normally, you must enter the Windows 8 product key number when you start setup to verify and activate before Windows 8 even starts installing.


When you have downloaded the Windows 8 Upgrade ISO file using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assisitant, you will be able to create a bootable DVD/USB with it to do a clean or upgrade install.
Even if you did an upgrade install from Windows 7 to Windows 8, you would still have the same thing under step 6 in the tutorial below to enter the product key number for Windows 8 upgrade.
 
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dfgfgd

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He bought the Windows 8 Pro box in a local store for 35Euros. The weird thing is, it doesn't say "upgrade version" on the box itself, like it would be a full license, which obviously is not the case. He just deleted his hdd partitions and did a complete new installation, he didn't start the setup from out of his former Windows 7. And now he can't activate it, he was able to install it though, but now it always says, the key is not valid when he wants to activate it over the internet.

I bought mine over the internet from Microsoft itself for 29,99Euros, but I didn't install it as a upgrade too. I made a DVD copy from the ISO the setup created and deleted my paritions too and did a new installation. However, my Windows 8 was already activated after my installation. Could it be that if you buy Windows 8 over the Microsoft store/tool, the key already is activated you get, because the tool checks your current Windows installation if it is valid? And if your Windows 8 key was activated, you can install Windows 8 over and over again and again afterwards, regardless if you do a new installation?
 
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  • OS
    Windows 8

Brink

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mvp
Not sure about a pro box from a retail store. It depends on what type (OEM, upgrade, etc...) it is.


The tool (Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant) only verifies that you have a qualifying OS to be able to then purchase the upgrade copy of Windows 8. You will still have to enter the product key number you got with your purchase during the installation of Windows 8 upgrade to activate Windows 8.

This is the same as it was in Windows 7, but Windows 8 doesn't give you the option to skip entering the key number during installation. It will not install until you do.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Name
    Shawn Brink
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
    State/Region Flag
    us oklahoma

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