My Windows 8 Product Key Didn't work
Step 1: Yesterday I purchased a brand new clean virgin hard drive and I purchased Windows 8 Pro at a local Big Box store. This is a full copy. Not an upgrade.
Step 2: I removed all other HDD's from my system and installed Windows 8 on the new Hard Drive. The installation asked for the Product key. I entered it and everything installed perfectly. Windows works great. I Love it.
Step 3 However, When I went to "activate" my copy of Windows 8 and I enter that SAME product key I used to install I get the following message "This key didn't work. Please check it and try again or try a different key." I repeated this step at least 4 different times after rebooting. Still will not accept it.
Question: I cannot activate my brand new copy of Windows 8. How can it accept my key for installation and then NOT accept it for the activation???