This key didn't work. Please check it and try again.

Bought Windows 8 at the store today and a new hard drive to install it on. Went to install it and it installed fine. When i went to install it it asked for the product key which i gave it. it took it with no issues.

now that windows 8 is up I go into the settings and the first option is to activate windows 8. I click it and it asks for the product key. i type it in again and it says "this key didn't work. please check it and try again, or try a different key."

Why won't the same key I just typed in and used work? I have tried it several times to make sure I have no typos.

 

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Are you really going to type that as a response and not tell us what the registry setting was? Really?
Found it:

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE

Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0

Run the following a command prompt with elevated rights:
slmgr /rearm

Reboot.

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Does registry fix work on 2012 r2 too?   We have the MAK volume license key.  The machine is not on the network and have no internet connection.  We got the same error when we put in the MAK product key.  We know the key works because we were able to active the key on a machine with internet access

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