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Reply Michael April 2, 2013 at 2:40 am # Another "GREAT BIG THANKS!" for the workaround. Your version of Windows and its product key will appear towards the bottom of the page. Such as when doing a clean install.

August 18, 2015 SilverHairTech Not unless you want to pay M$ $200. I'm not sure what to make of this at this point in time.Activate Windows 8 Pro UpgradeWindows 8 users who noticed that the operating system can't be activated after the installation Check This Out

It only worked for me after the November release, booting from a USB drive created with Windows Media Tools. Reply Richard Steven Hack October 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm # Watch the MyDigitalLife Web site forums. I'm not sure what to make of this at this point in time.Activate Windows 8 Pro UpgradeWindows 8 users who noticed that the operating system can't be activated after the installation Type the following command and press Enter: slmgr.vbs /ato Many people report having to run this command several times.

Clean Install Windows 8 Upgrade On New Hard Drive

pls help as i hv not received any response from Microsoft so far... If I set Win8 as default OS I get that Metro screen to select the Os to boot into [boot into default Win8 in 30sec if no selection by me] Didn't You may need to call Microsoft and complete the phone activation process, explaining what happened, if you changed the PC's hardware after taking advantage of the offer. Just wish it was 64bit.

  • Reply Martin Brinkmann October 27, 2012 at 11:15 am # Great that it worked out for your client.
  • It takes a village...

    March 9, 2016 Tom Wilson Daniel_Nelson: Well i'll be surprised if it did.
  • If it's not, then what you're suggesting sounds reasonable.
  • Microsoft should just require a valid key for the previous OS.
  • Reply Conal November 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm # Worked a treat.
  • It was a life saver.

However, a clean install on a new hdd in the same computer didn't work with respect to activation, but cloning the old disk to the new one proved to be the Select the "Custom" option to ensure you're performing a clean install and not an upgrade install. I downloaded and was using the Windows 10 media creation tool that did not work. Windows 8 Anytime Upgrade Key Reply Sander De Vos October 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm # Thank you for the information, especially the activation through regedit hack.What I did: - Purchase license - burn the ISO

Right-click on the Command Prompt icon and run it as an administrator.Type slmgr /rearm and press Enter.Reboot Windows.When you get back into Windows, you should be able to run the Activation Hkey_local_machine/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/setup/oobe/ Follow Us Facebook How To Fix Buy Do More About Us Advertise Privacy Policy Careers Contact Terms of Use © 2016 About, Inc. — All rights reserved. I couldn't get the download to iso option using XP, but got it on Windows 7. 2/. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/windows-8-pro-upgrade-product-key-cant-be-used-to/1726d238-98fb-4634-a468-04645a8ee097 Someone over there will figure out how to do it and/or write a utility to do it.

See my Installing Windows 8 FAQ for more on this, plus answers to some other questions you might be having right now.Time Required: This process should take around 30 to 90 Clean Install Windows 10 Here is the scenario. Thanks again. It's straight forward to do so using the wizard, but our how to clean install Windows 10 guide has full instructions if you'd rather follow those.


If you already have a Windows 8 installation medium, you can simply jump to step 2. Did a Win Update on Win8 and did some Personalization too. Clean Install Windows 8 Upgrade On New Hard Drive Reply Larry October 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm # I was running windows 8 preview when I did a clean install of windows 8 pro. Windows 8 Clean Install With Upgrade Key Most would run on my device, I understand that, but some could also run on powerful Corporate Servers, others on home appliance-type PC’s, or simply in the Cloud… Here is an

i have already upgraded my Dell Inspiron Laptop from Vista to Win 8.. his comment is here Reply Gordon November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm # hey I cannot update windows via this way when I bought the upgraded wins 8. One last (personal as well) view of Windows 8: it definitely looks like work-still-in-progress… and I can see why users are confused (I am!). Download the Windows 10 media creation tool from Microsoft. Install Windows 8 Upgrade Without Previous Version

Reply status May 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm # Thanks sooooo much! If you're just planning on using Windows 10 for personal use, I'd recommend sticking with just the Home version. Maybe it just takes some time (or a couple reboots) for that to take effect after being activated? this contact form First things first, you'll need to decide which version of Windows 10 you'd like to upgrade to.

I'll need to test this on my home PC's with their known keys to tell you for sure.

September 8, 2015 Hector_Javier_Roman 'Windows.old', indeed. Mediabootinstall Unfortunately, I ended up buying another Windows 8 Pro key lol I guess I'll give it to someone for christmas Reply Wout January 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm # It worked...! My only concern is the last step.

Reply TZ November 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm # Success!

I typed it in several times and am sure it is the key on my order summary. Went from 7 to 8, but did a format on the SSD for a clean start. Do a clean install from the iso, using the hack above. 5/. Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Key Reply Rick December 12, 2012 at 2:56 am # OK, continuing earlier message ...

Since you're doing a clean install and will be installing your software again from scratch anyway, most of that won't matter to you. the laptop just wont shutdown.. Windows settings, personal files, and apps or Just personal files), if you get one, would begin some varying degree of upgrading, which you're not doing. Click the Order button on the Windows navigate here Reply Phil November 2, 2012 at 4:33 am # Extremely glad to see this.

October 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm # I once copied over the c:\windows\system32\config directory to a blank HDD, and that was all Windows needed to see an upgrade situation. What do I have to do to get to a screen where "windows-q" actually does something?Most of the comments to this article are incomprehensible to me. Go through the setup process normally until you see the "Which type of installation do you want?" screen. That does seem strange.

Reply Martin Brinkmann October 28, 2012 at 9:36 am # If you read all the comments here you will notice that it is possible. Yours was the only one that gave me confidence to do it! I had to restart though as it seems shuttingdown and staring up again did not do the trick, funny huh. So you'll have to call Microsoft and do a phone activation, or use one of the workarounds in my Clean Install with Upgrade Media article from Windows 7: http://winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-u...

Beyond that, the process depends on what (if any) special mechanisms have been put in place by Microsoft to facilitate bulk free upgrades for businesses. Comments Upgrade without the need for an older Windows version The good times seem to be over - at least in terms of Windows 8 discounts. What are my options? After several frustrating days installing and re-installing Windows 7 and 8 trying to get Windows 8 to install without issue I came across this page.

This time it works. Martin Brinkmann September 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm # I have not tried it but I have not heard anything that it does not work anymore.