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    Hi,

    I am having some trouble with activating my Windows 8 Pro (32bit). I bought it brand new and never used the Product Key I found inside the box beforehand. Anyone know what else I can try? I keep being told it's the wrong key and I should try again. Really confused.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    Do you mean you bought Windows pro and installed it?

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    Where did you get your key from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Do you mean you bought Windows pro and installed it?
    Hi, yes, that's exactly it.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    Then you would have needed to use the key at the beginning of the install, otherwise it would not have continued.

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    I have a similar problem in that I downloaded from the official windows site and purchased the backup disc. I input the key and initially it was accepted but after an update I constantly get messages telling me that windows needs to be activated. When I try and activate it, I get a message telling me that it has been activated too many times and has been blocked. This is AFTER ACTIVATING ONCE ONLY. Microsoft are less than useless and all I get is 'well that should not happen' One part of the system tells me I need to activate and the other tells me I have already activated the software. I have tried refreshing and it wont do it without the disc, and even with the disc it refuses to refresh and takes it back to the position I was in before I made the attempt. This is a single licence on one machine and has NEVER been used for any other machine or used in multiple activations, other than by Windows itself. Now I cannot connect to homegroup or set up a home network, share files or printers and I am getting nowhere with Microsoft 'helpline' and all they suggest is that I contact forums to rectify the problem. Has ANYONE any idea what the problem is and how it can be resolved?

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    peeved, you just hijacked another member's thread.

    We can't answer two different peoples questions on the same thread.

    Ultimately MS will have to solve your problem. Call them!
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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Then you would have needed to use the key at the beginning of the install, otherwise it would not have continued.
    At one point in time, during the Beta Testing, that was true, but unless someone comes in with more authoritative information, I'm going to say, 'it's not true now'.

    Just playing around there, like I sometimes do, I installed win8 and it completely installed and ran, but did indicate that it was not Activated.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    Not sure what you mean by more authorative information. Maybe my technique is different but, from popping in the (untouched and original), Install DVD, to the screen where the user is asked to insert the key, is as far as I can ever get with my (more than one) installation dvds, without putting in the key.
    It was possible to "hack" the "ei.cfg" key, or move it, in previous OSs. This involved opening the ISO to access the file. I guess this would be marginally, legally OK, if you only want to test the product, but for regular purposes, you would need to put the activation key in eventually, in order to continue to use the program. This is further complicated in Windows 8, as the file does not exist, and would need more serious "hacking"
    Perhaps another authorative member can confirm that?
    Last edited by davehc; 05-07-2013 at 09:47 PM.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro Activation Problems

    I guess I'm not that 'authoritative member' but, it seems to this guy that there are several different versions (releases, etc.) of Windows 8 that work differently. I'm primarily just going by what others have posted.

    Quite often, I've found my own experience with Windows 8 varying widely from others' experiences.
    I'm never quite sure why, just aware that there are differences.

    I do remember earlier OS's, that would install without a key being used during the install, but one would be limited to a period of just a few days to do the activation, before the OS would go dead.

    Apparently Windows 8 is not like Tube Socks where 'Once Size Fits All'. Eh?

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