My Windows 8 Pro Product Key Did not work for Activating My Copy of Windows 8 Pro

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???








The Problem Has Been Solved !


Step 1: I called Microsoft support (800) MICRSOFT

Step 2: I Navigate through all the voice menus to tech Support for Windows 8 installation

Step 3: I Explained the problem to the tech (Jerry)

Step 4: The tech had me find the search function and he had me search for a 4-letter function (I forget the command). I executed the function and I got to a screen which asked me to enter a code from the Microsoft Technical professional. I entered the 8 digit code that the tech provided to me.

Step 5: I arrive at a new screen and the tech (Jerry) explains that I am activated.

Step 6: I reboot my PC and I go to the "System" page under the control panel and it indicates that my copy of Windows 8 is activated!!!


The Tech explains that my copy of windows is an "upgrade version" (its NOT) and that was the reason that I had the trouble. I explained repeatedly that it was a FULL Copy.  I finally gave up as my Windows 8 was activated.


Call Tech support and good luck!



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Last updated August 26, 2020 Views 32,036 Applies to: