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#1 The_Observer

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 23:24

So i did a fresh install and installed windows 8 pro with CDKEY. Everything went fine, then my HD died so i installed a new SSD and Installed Windows8 Pro again (within 24hrs) but now my cdkey isnt beening accepted.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 23:27

Call Microsoft Support. They will take care of it.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 23:27

You can only use the key once. Contact MS support and they might set you up with a new key or alter the activation limit. They're usually pretty good with that :)

#4 JaredFrost

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 23:28

Weird, generally with such a small hardware change it still accepts them, all I can say is contact MS support really and they can get you activated.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 23:42

Thanks,

Im thinking cause i just did a fresh install, and then another one its not allowing it. Will call MS.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:39

In order to use the cd key again you have to install windows 7 then upgrade to windows 8 with that key

the cd key ties into the hardware and the os you currently have installed that is legal.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:59

In order to use the cd key again you have to install windows 7 then upgrade to windows 8 with that key

the cd key ties into the hardware and the os you currently have installed that is legal.


Thanks, ended up just doing a upgrade from my Windows 8 Pro. Works and now i have Activated Windows 8 Pro.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 19:20

Strange, my SSD died and I had to do a fresh install and my Windows 8 key that I purchased as an upgrade key worked fine. I've had to use it 3 times now on this PC and it's worked every time.

The inconsistencies of Windows, eh?

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 19:53

Strange, my SSD died and I had to do a fresh install and my Windows 8 key that I purchased as an upgrade key worked fine. I've had to use it 3 times now on this PC and it's worked every time.

The inconsistencies of Windows, eh?


yea same for me, im wondering if Microsoft has changed there settings.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 20:03

You can only use the key once. Contact MS support and they might set you up with a new key or alter the activation limit. They're usually pretty good with that :)


Where did you get that from? I've done a few re-installs of 8 just fine with the same key. Depending on your licence the key will associate itself with a specific computer, but a simple hardware change such as a drive swap won't invalidate that system from being activated. Either way sounds like he'll have to call MS activation, but keys aren't a one time activation unless it's a academic alliance/dream spark thing.