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Activated wrong version of Windows.

  1. #11


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by themightybalzo View Post
    Sorry, I am now becoming an official pain in the a"£$. Is there a recommended way to uninstall this version of W8 (PS this is the 32 bit version which activated ok) so that I am ok with EULA from MS, or is it as simple as reformatting this drive?
    Balzo,

    No problem.

    Format or delete the 32-bit Windows 8 installation.

    Since you said you already did a clean install with Windows 8 as in the first part of the tutorial below, do step 4 in the tutorial below to activate it.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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  2. #12


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Professional (64 bit)


    thanks to all. will try now
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  3. #13


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad we could help. Please let us know how it went.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Professional (64 bit)


    Reformatted drive but windows activation wizard now tells me that the key is only for upgrading and not for a clean install...........aaaaaargh! Bloody PC World - "Yes this is complete software, not just upgrades." Back to square one I suppose. I really want the 64 bit version, does anyone know who I have to contact to get a full install key? Have to get it or it's back to Vista 32 with SP1 unless I go through all the tedious upgrade again. Hate being a noob!
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  5. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Try starting from scratch for the 64-bit Windows 8 using the exact method in the tutorial below to see how it works for you.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  6. #16


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Professional (64 bit)


    Have refreshed my PC according to the above post and all seems to be working. No activation notifications so far. I'll let it run for 24 hours or so then close this thread if it stays ok. Can't thank you guys enough for your help. Sorry for being an ass.
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  7. #17


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. I'm glad that we could help. Does it show it as being activated in the "System" window as in the tutorial?
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  8. #18


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Professional (64 bit)


    Yes, this version of Windows is now active, thanks once again. All the best!
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  9. #19


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Perfect.
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