Activating Windows 8 on a new hard drive

I need to activate windows 8 on a new hard drive. It installed fine but I am now being told the serial number is invalid. Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Chris

 

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To install an upgrade version of Windows 8, you must already have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed on your PC.

If you formatted the drive before the upgrade version of Windows 8 was installed, you won't be able to use your upgrade product key to activate Windows 8. To activate Windows 8, you'll need to install your previous version of Windows, and then reinstall Windows 8. For help with the activation process, contact support.

 

You can still give the following a try:

 

Clean Install - Windows 8
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You can't do a clean install on an empty hard drive with the upgrade version of Windows 8.

 

You first need to install the version of Windows that you upgraded from first and then upgrade to Windows 8 again.

 

Clean installs using Windows 8 Upgrade will not activate. 

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Last updated July 20, 2018 Views 1,446 Applies to: