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  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Windows Nightmare


    Ok so, I just built a gaming PC (my first build) with a Asus Maximus Hero mobo and everything went pretty smooth and I'm loving it except windows 8...

    I used my DVD of windows 8 pro i had laying around. what a mistake. I installed it, got everything working and up and running and now it won't activate because it is for "upgrades" only. what a !@#$%^& joke. SO.... I cannot update to windows 8.1 currently and i am not sure what "key" i need in order for windows to work.

    Do i need an OEM system builder key? Will that work since i installed off an "upgrade only" disc? Can i buy a windows 8.1 OEM, Windows 8.1 upgrade? I want to keep my current settings, windows install, etc and just be able to enter a key that will work.

    Windows is lame as hell and makes this so complicated. Any help is appreciated because god knows Microsoft.com is no help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bubarub,

    See if you may be able to activate using the method in step 5 or 6 of the tutorial below for doing a clean install with an upgrade Windows 8.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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