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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #260


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Error 0x8007232b or 0x8007007B occurs when you try to activate Windows

    Error: 0x8007007B

    "The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”

    This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:

    • You use volume-licensed media to install one of the following operating systems:


    • Windows 8
    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?

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  2. #261


    The ISO I used is a MAK ISO, so that is the reason for the failure?

    I'm trying to install 8.0, not 8.1 but will give 8.1 a try Tuesday. If that works all is well, otherwise I'll have to try and locate a 8.0 Core download somewhere and go with that.

    Thanks.
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  3. #262


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    The ISO I used is a MAK ISO, so that is the reason for the failure?

    I'm trying to install 8.0, not 8.1 but will give 8.1 a try Tuesday. If that works all is well, otherwise I'll have to try and locate a 8.0 Core download somewhere and go with that.

    Thanks.
    Yeah, it stinks that you can't directly download a retail ISO from Microsoft with an OEM key.
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  4. #263


    I found a good 8.0 ISO download so I'll give that a try. If no joy then I'll follow the tutorial genet linked to.

    Thanks Shawn and genet.
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  5. #264


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    The laptop came with 8.0 Core X64. I used a TechSoup (Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center) 8.0 Pro X64 to clean install with. It picked up the key from BIOS (embedded) but won't activate. I don't remember the exact failure message though. I'll ask the owner to try again and write it down then send it to me.
    Volume licence install media have a built-in installation key... thus one never needs to install a VL version with a generic key...It can however be activated with the embedded key (provided it's the same SKU of course)
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  6. #265


    It's not a VLK, it's a MAK (Multiple Activation Key?) from TechSoup. It required a key to install with the other times I've used it. This is the first computer I used that ISO to install on that had an embedded key.

    I wonder if I change the key to the embedded one if it will activate?? Hmm, worth trying. Maybe it didn't read the embedded key but used a VLK???
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  7. #266


    Yup, MAK keys are used to activate VL installations. The VL install media is different from the retail version ( see MSDN download page for the different ISO's)

    If it previously needed a key to install then it must be a retail version... The difference is that after install there is no "Add features" option on a VL installation.

    BTW.. Windows 8.0 MAK keys do not work on windows 8.1.
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  8. #267


    The laptop came with Windows 8.0 Core so it's a OEM 8.0. I wonder if it's SL (Single Language) and if so, would that cause problems as well.

    Why does MS make this so hard?
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  9. #268


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post

    Why does MS make this so hard?
    That, my friend, we will never know...

    I agree that you should check the key first.. then the hash of the ISO (just to be sure) .. then proceed.
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  10. #269


    I'll report back once I get this working. Thanks for all the help.
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