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Product Key in Use after re-install of Windows 8

  1. #1


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    Product Key in Use after re-install of Windows 8


    I recently reinstalled windows 8 on my computer and everything went fine, but now it's saying that the current product key is already in use.... how can it be in use if I just reinstalled?
    Any help?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Zedonk,

    If your Windows 8 is not activated, then you could activate by phone as long as the product key is not being used on any other PC.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Win8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Zedonk,

    If your Windows 8 is not activated, then you could activate by phone as long as the product key is not being used on any other PC.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks for the reply, but I think you're missing what I'm asking. I had already had a valid windows 8 and product key. However, I reinstalled and now the same key is in use..
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Did you make any hardware changes, or ever have that product key activated on another PC?

    If so, then it's not unusual for this to happen.

    Either way, you'll need to activate by phone.
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  5. #5


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    Called the hotline, got it reactivated.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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