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  1. #230


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    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1


    I have checked, double checked, and triple checked they key upon entering it.
    There are no O, I, 0, or 1 in it. There are no 6 and G errors (an error I used to make) so it is being entered correctly.

    In case it makes any difference I'm doing it in VMWare and this is the version of Windows I have.
    It was purchased in Australia and installs with British English as the only available language.
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  2. #231


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ Gilgamesh:
    Are you entering characters from that screenshot?
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  3. #232


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    @Gilgamesh,

    That wouldn't be your product key number in your screenshot. See the tutorial below to help find your key instead.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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  4. #233


    Posts : 26
    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1


    No I'm not entering those numbers, that's just to show the version of Windows I have. After all, those numbers wouldn't work when doing the upgrade (as I mentioned in my original post {but it ended up on the previous page} - an upgrade from win 7 works, a clean install fails to recognise the key)
    I wouldn't post my actual licence key on a public forum.
    They key I'm entering is on the back of this little card that was in the box
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  5. #234


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Did you format the partition were the OS that you are trying to clean install resides? If the OS still resides there the key is still active.

    Edit: You could also try extracting your key then try again:
    How To Uninstall Your Windows Product Key Before You Sell Your PC
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  6. #235


    Posts : 26
    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1


    I'm trying to do this in VMWare and for a clean install I'm creating a new Virtual Machine with a new Virtual Disk. The new disks are unpartitioned, so the Win 8 install process creates and formats the System Reserved and Windows partitions just like installing on an empty physical disk.
    This is the choice that appears during installation
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  7. #236


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yes, but if your previous OS is still sitting on some other partition somewhere, it's still active, which means the product key is still active, which is why your getting rejected trying to use it again.
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  8. #237


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    64-bit Windows 10


    @Gilgamesh,

    Is that product key activated on any other PC, or has ever been activated on another PC?

    If not, then skip entering the key when you get the invalid message. This way you can try to activate using step 5, step 6, or by phone after the installation finishes.
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  9. #238


    Posts : 26
    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1


    @Edwin
    That disk is the only one that VMWare sees. There are no other partitions available to the virtual machine and it can't see the host disks either.
    @Brink
    After several failed clean installs on VMWare I tried doing the upgrade from Win 7 - also on VMWare, this upgrade did activate.
    Until this install the key had never been used and was in a sealed retail packet.
    If I skip the licence key during the install it seems that windows uses a generic key (which bears no similarity to my key) as seen here in the PC settings after completing the install.
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    If I enter my key here is is also rejected.
    A refresh seems to use the same generic key that was in the install so doesn't achieve much.
    BUT - I am glad to say that after running the BAT file and rebooting I was able to go to PC settings and enter my licence key. And this time it was accepted.
    I seem to have got hung up on entering my key at the start. Perhaps a little tweak to the instructions could add this little option too.
    Thank you for your help.
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  10. #239


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great new Gilgamesh.
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