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    Default Upgrade from CP to RP activation issue

    I just upgraded from Windows 8 consumer preview to the release preview and the activation key given to me by Microsoft on the connect website for the Release Preview is being rejected with error: 0xC004C003

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    Default Re: Upgrade from CP to RP activation issue

    H3boy, welcome to the Forum!

    You stated that you just upgraded from Windows 8 CP. By upgrade, did you mean that you did an upgrade install, or did you clean install Windows 8 RP & considered it an upgrade from CP?

    If you did an upgrade install, you'll need to do a clean install for optimal results. Also, & this is getting to be a steady issue in the last few days, is NX enabled in your BIOS? If not, it's needed for RP. CP would install w/o it, but it's being enforced with RP. Meaning that RP won't install w/o it enabled.

    MS should have enforced this in the beginning, hopefully it's not your issue, but still, check to see if NX is enabled. Then do a clean install of Win 8 RP & see what happens.

    Please post back with what happens, as we want to do all we can to help.

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    Default Re: Upgrade from CP to RP activation issue

    I also believe this is an Upgrade versus Clean Install problem. Did you add the key exactly. It's very easy to make a mistake. Did you write it down exactly as shown on the web site.

    I have also heard of quite a few unsuccessful downloads. I would suggest downloading the ISO file again using a Internet Download Manager, burn it to DVD again and do a Custom (Clean) install.

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    Default Re: Upgrade from CP to RP activation issue

    I upgraded from within the CP. It runs perfectly. I copied and pasted the code from the website. The window even says it's valid but when I click activate I get an error saying it's not valid for this version. The code I have is from the Microsoft connect website and is for the Retail Preview version.Attachment 713Attachment 714

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    If it's "running perfectly", then it's activated. Once it's running, if there's any activation issues, it'll show in the right hand corner, plus the user will probably be greeted with a black screen.

    Unless you see a warning, as I described above, or in the Action Center, it should be OK.

    Are you trying to install the Media Center addon pack using the same COA? If so, you'll get a warning box like that, because that feature requires a different COA. Is this the case?

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    Default Re: Upgrade from CP to RP activation issue

    Don't be surprised when lots of problems show up. MS states there is not an Upgrade Path from CP to RP. This means they expect multiple problems to occur when you do this. They state the only Upgrade path is from Win 7 to Win 8 RP.

    Current operating system What you can keep
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    • Nothing (your files will be saved in the Windows.old folder)
    Windows Developer Preview
    • Nothing (your files will be saved in the Windows.old folder)
    Windows 7
    • Programs
    • Windows settings
    • User accounts and files
    Windows Vista
    • Windows settings
    • User accounts and files
    Windows XP
    • User accounts and files

    This is directly from the MS site FAQ:

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    I'm with all of those who agrees that an upgrade install is oftentimes problematic, only one member here, who I haven't seen recently, has reported 100% success with this type of install.

    TM also did an install this way, don't know if he still has it or not...he tries out a lot of different configurations.

    It's well documented that this type of install is a disaster in the making, which is why I've never attempted it. Given the time it takes to install, update the OS & install programs, I feel that it would be a total waste of my time to try it out. I've also noticed that a reset is better than a refresh, only refreshed once & it didn't correct the issues I had. But the Reset did take care of them.

    Perhaps this is exactly why MS allowed for a clean install with upgrade media (Windows 7). Hopefully Paul Thurrott will explain this procedure for Windows 8 also, & MS will allow for it as well. It's too early to know the clean install options with Windows 8 upgrade media yet, but as soon as I find a tutorial (from a reputable source) I'll post it.

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    It's called "Testing" for a reason. To find out what will work and what won't, you have to try different things so see what breaks the OS. I don't RUN Windows 8, I'm TESTING it! (on two different computers with greatly differing capabilities, with the 32 bit version on one and the 64 bit version on the other)

    Yes, I did an upgrade from CP to RP without reformatting the HD first. It went off without a hitch, but it also did exactly what we've been WARNING people about for months.

    RT basically deleted CP when it loaded. It was no big deal for me, because I had no DATA on CP anyway.
    Everything from CP was crammed into one folder, called "Windows.old". So if I did have any data files on CP, I could have opened that folder, found those files and moved them into RP.

    As it was, I had nothing in that Windows.old folder that I needed, and it was taking up a huge amount of space on my little hard drive, so I used Disk Cleanup to just delete it.

    Cheers Mates!
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    TM, I was thinking of trying this out on my notebook, on the old HDD that I removed prior to installing an SSD on it. The transfer wasn't cloned, it was backed up with Todo 4.5, then placed onto the SSD, there's a "Optimize for SSD" feature in Recovery Mode. The HDD is backed up anyway, so there will be nothing lost. I'm just curious to see how it does, this type of install, especially to see whether my OEM features works, notably the functions of the "F" keys. These functions didn't work using a clean install.

    But one thing that concerns me, being that it contains my OEM OS, will it deactivate the OS, not so much the one on that HDD, but the one on my SSD? I know that MS keeps tabs on things, I just don't want any problems with my main install becoming "not genuine". If there is a chance of this, I won't attempt it, as I have a lot of cash tied up in the OS & it's programs.

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    Default Re: Upgrade from CP to RP activation issue

    That's why they call it Testing. You pays your nickel and yous takes your chances.

    But if you have a Legal OS, that you don't want messed with, why not just back it up to an external device for safe keeping.

    That's kind of what I did on my notebook. I repartitioned the little 160 gig hard drive, to create a FAT-32 "Storage" partition and then I made a Ghost backup of C:, to a compressed Backup File on D:.
    Since it's a compressed file, no other OS can mess with it anyway. It's as good as if it were encrypted.
    (which, in a way, it IS)

    When I'm all done testing Win-8 on that PC, I'll just do a Ghost Restore of that backup file and W8 will be overwritten with XP and it will be like W8 never existed on that drive at all.

    With a little planning, life just runs so much simpler.
    And at 69, with Diabetes, a bad back and Heart trouble, a lot of planning is needed. lol

    Cheers mate and good luck!
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