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Cannot activate Windows 8.1 after fresh install

  1. #1


    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Cannot activate Windows 8.1 after fresh install


    Hello everyone,

    I have recently upgraded my pc with a new motherboard and cpu and so I did a fresh install of Windows 8.1.
    Using the key I have used before for this pc, I tried activating Windows, but it didn't let me.

    I get the following error:

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    It states (in Dutch) that the server has concluded that the key has been activated more than the maximum limit allows, even though this key isn't active on any other computer.

    This shouldn't be a problem, right? Is there any way to work around this?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Robin,

    You should be able to activate by phone instead.

    Activate Windows 8 by Phone
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 62
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It worked fine, thanks!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news. You're most welcome.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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