View Full Version : Windows 8 release preview keeps asking me to activate windows

08-05-2012, 11:59 PM

Windows 8 release preview does not need to activate, correct? Why my windows 8 release preview keeps asking me to activate it?

I click the icon that says activate windows but it says I have to buy windows.

Does this mean that I cant use it until I activate it?

whats wrong? Help!

08-06-2012, 02:37 AM
Your installation is corrupt. Did you use an approved site (http://www.forumswindows8.com/news/official-ms-download-site-win-8-rp-beta-6538.htm)to download the ISO file from? Did you use the key provided on the download site? If this key is inserted during the installation, then the OS will be activated automatically.

08-06-2012, 04:20 AM
Why is that concept so difficult to wrap ones mind around?
I read the W8 forums for several days before finally downloading W8 for the first time.
I found the Instructions rather simple and straight forward.
The Registration Key for W8 is right there, on the same MS page with the two downloads, one for the 32 bit version and one for the 64 bit version....they both use the same key, which MUST be typed in on about step two of the install.
There is NO such thing as activating W8.
It's just so simple!
vielleicht auch nicht.

08-06-2012, 04:35 AM
I believe many of the problem installs are getting their copies of Win 8 RP from Torrent sites, which may or may not be good downloads, and may or may not provide valid keys.

Folks, only use the approved sites to acquire ANY software. Torrent sites are notorious for bad downloads and malware!

08-06-2012, 01:29 PM
I saw one site, where every version of Win-8 was available for download, but there were NO Registration Keys.

Use only the Microsoft site and that won't happen.
The warning has been out there long enough....everyone should have read it by now.
Here's the ONLY site that anyone should be using:
Windows 8 Release Preview ISO formats (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/iso?ocid=W_OFF_W8P_TechCenter_ISO_en-us)

TM :cool:

08-07-2012, 11:41 PM
I downloaded from the Microsoft site.

08-07-2012, 11:42 PM
I agree with Ted. You may have a corrupt download of the Windows 8 Release Preview and if so you may be missing some files. You need to re-download and re-install it.

08-11-2012, 07:26 AM
The ONLY legal key for Windows 8 is right there on the MS Download page, right below the download links.

Using that key and that key ONLY during the W8 install, is all the activation there will ever be for any BETA version of Windows 8.


TM :cool:

08-11-2012, 09:33 AM
But TM, People would have to read all this extraneous info, and who want's to do that? Or read the warnings we have pasted all over this forum.
E-gads what would the world come to?

08-11-2012, 09:47 AM
Yeah, I guess you're right.

The first time I ever heard the expression "Computer Logic"....I thought "What a conundrum!"