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  1. #1


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    8 Won't Activate


    Hi I recently purchased Windows 8 (12/12/2012), I d/l'ed it and made an ISO and DVD, I installed it onto an SSD and kept my HDD as a back up and storage device.
    Today my second SSD arrived and I installed it as a RAID 0 with my other SSD, all went well until I started having windows update failures, one after the other they all seemed to be corrupted or something, I was installing the large files individually and the smaller ones in batches of 3-5, then my drives were not recognised, I had "missing OS" errors and "locked drives" and "partition missing" errors.
    Windows Update completely ruined my drives, I spent 12+ hours trying to get them sorted which I eventually did.
    After I installed my OS I saw a logo in the bottom right hand corner of my desktop "Windows 8 Pro Build 9200" this wasn't there the first time I installed windows 8, then I got a message from the action centre asking me to validate my OS, although I had entered the product key during the installation. It failed, it said my copy of windows was only for "upgrade" and not for a "clean" install.
    What can I do?
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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello EightX,

    It sounds like you did a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 8, and just missed doing step 4 in the tutorial below for to be activated.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello EightX,

    It sounds like you did a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 8, and just missed doing step 4 in the tutorial below for to be activated.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi I went with the .bat file. No joy
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  4. #4


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    Try the other option to refresh.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Try the other option to refresh.
    I am, I'm reading the tutorial. lol
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    LOL
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  7. #7


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    LOL
    Success!! The only problem is that it deleted a load of stuff that I spent hours d/l......lol
    Cheers!!
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news. Sorry, that you'll need to reinstall the programs and drivers though.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Great news. Sorry, that you'll need to reinstall the programs and drivers though.
    ...and Windows Updates there's 23 altogether including an out of date NVidia driver, shall I install it then update it or hide it and install the latest?
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  10. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I'd install all of your drivers first, then Windows Updates.
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