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Solved Windows 8 Add Features will not accept Windows 8 Pro key


#1
Hello all,

I figured this was a good place to put this as I suspect it has to do with activation.

I'm currently upgrading my friends windows 7 home machine to windows 8 pro.. I have already upgraded him to windows 8 using an already activated key (This laptop I'm working with will NOT be activated, so I used the key purely for the installation.)

I attempted to use the "Add features to windows" feature in Windows 8, and my first attempt accepted the Windows 8 Pro upgrade key I received from ExpertZone (This key is completely unused at this point).

The upgrade got interrupted and I had to force close it. When I tried to start the upgrade again, it would no longer accept the exact same key. It said "This key won't work. Check it and try again." The thing is, I never re-entered the key.. it got copied from the first attempt, so I know they are identical entries.


Has anyone encountered this? Should I attempt an upgrade outside of Windows using a boot disk?

Any help is appreciated, thank you.

For reference --> The unit in question is a Lenovo Z575.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional 64b
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z68AP
    Memory
    8GB Patriot G2 DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Cyclone R6850
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32in Samsung HDTV (LCD)
    Screen Resolution
    1360x768
    Hard Drives
    2x OCZ Vertex 3 (RAID 0)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 2TB (RAID 5)
    PSU
    Corsair TX 750 W
    Case
    Corsair 600T (Graphite)
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 (Push-Pull), 2x200MM fans (w/ case) Rear 120mm

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#2
You can not use a Windows 8 Pro upgrade key on a Preinstall Windows 8 HP PC.
You need to use the Pro Pack, or full Retail.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4
#3
This machine is a Lenovo Z575, which has already been upgraded from it's OEM install of Windows 7 to Windows 8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional 64b
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z68AP
    Memory
    8GB Patriot G2 DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Cyclone R6850
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32in Samsung HDTV (LCD)
    Screen Resolution
    1360x768
    Hard Drives
    2x OCZ Vertex 3 (RAID 0)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 2TB (RAID 5)
    PSU
    Corsair TX 750 W
    Case
    Corsair 600T (Graphite)
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 (Push-Pull), 2x200MM fans (w/ case) Rear 120mm

theog

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#4
You can upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro.
or
upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro Pack.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4
#5
The issue has been resolved. I was able to upgrade using an 8 pro ISO that I gained access to.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional 64b
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z68AP
    Memory
    8GB Patriot G2 DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Cyclone R6850
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32in Samsung HDTV (LCD)
    Screen Resolution
    1360x768
    Hard Drives
    2x OCZ Vertex 3 (RAID 0)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 2TB (RAID 5)
    PSU
    Corsair TX 750 W
    Case
    Corsair 600T (Graphite)
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 (Push-Pull), 2x200MM fans (w/ case) Rear 120mm
#7
As stated in my Original Post: the key I had was a "Windows 8 Pro upgrade key I received from ExpertZone" for completing a Windows 8 Accreditation.

This issue is solved and all product keys are legally owned.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional 64b
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z68AP
    Memory
    8GB Patriot G2 DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Cyclone R6850
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32in Samsung HDTV (LCD)
    Screen Resolution
    1360x768
    Hard Drives
    2x OCZ Vertex 3 (RAID 0)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 2TB (RAID 5)
    PSU
    Corsair TX 750 W
    Case
    Corsair 600T (Graphite)
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 (Push-Pull), 2x200MM fans (w/ case) Rear 120mm

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