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Fresh install of Windows 8 Pro, can not activate.

2013-02-12, 9:41 AM

I've obtained a Windows 8 Pro instilation disc and used it to install a fresh copy of Windows onto the computer. I've wiped the hard drive entirely, so there is just the one partition for Windows. The recovery partition is non-exsitant.

 

I am to understand that Windows 8 now stores the product key in the BIOS, and now does not use the OEM stickers used in previous versions of Windows.

 

The issue is, Windows will not activate. And because there is no sticker, I can't activate it myself... Nice one Microsoft.

 

Anyone know what I can do?

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Re: Fresh install of Windows 8 Pro, can not activate.

2013-02-12, 11:50 AM

Good day and welcome to the community.

 

Was Windows 8 Pro preloaded on your machine as delivered from the factory? Or was it just Windows 8 Standard?

 

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Re: Fresh install of Windows 8 Pro, can not activate.

2013-02-12, 12:15 PM

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Re: Fresh install of Windows 8 Pro, can not activate.

2013-02-12, 14:20 PM

Hi. 

The product key in the BIOS might just applies to windows 8 core ( you can also call it Windows 8 Standard) . When you try to install windows 8 pro in your notebook, you should buy a pro key to activate the OS.

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