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Cannot Activate Windows 8 RP

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    Cannot Activate Windows 8 RP


    Hi Guys

    I just installed Win8 RP and tried activating it but consistently get the following error message .. any ideas?
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I think I answered this in another thread.

    1) Ensure you boot from the installable media whether USB stick or DVD. NOT from INSIDE the OS.
    2) Choose the Custom method (not UPGRADE)
    3) have serial number reader BEFORE starting -- this will be the first prompt you get installing this way --this takes care of activations etc.
    4) Delete the existing Windows partition when the system shows up the list of disks -- AND the reserved partition if it exists too.
    5) install to the freed space.

    Note that windows W8 RP if it installs properly is already activated.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Not sure what happened but I booted my computer up just now and windows is suddenly activated !!!
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    Windows 8 Release Preview


    If you were able to install it, that means it's activated. The installer doesn't let you through without the correct product key.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Not necessarily.
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    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Activation is Win8 is almost identical to that in Vista and Win7.
    The problem here is probably due to a bad clock/date setting, or the wrong region being used.
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    Dual: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (default) & Win8Enterprise 64


    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    Activation is Win8 is almost identical to that in Vista and Win7.
    The problem here is probably due to a bad clock/date setting, or the wrong region being used.
    >>please educate me, if i am now in singapore, what should i do, where or what time or region should i set my pc. what to do?
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    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Set your Time Zone to UTC+8 - KualaLumput, SIngapore.
    Then set the clock to the right time and date.
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    Posts : 25
    Dual: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (default) & Win8Enterprise 64


    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    Set your Time Zone to UTC+8 - KualaLumput, SIngapore.
    Then set the clock to the right time and date.
    thanks coz i'm not sure if i did the right setting before.. have a nice day.
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