Windows 8 Upgrade and a new/clean install.

Can I buy a Windows 8 Upgrade and do a new/clean install on a Mac via Bootcamp and use a valid XP Product Code from an old PC no longer used?  I have the original CDs.

Yes, you may need to activate by phone if XP is not installed and activated.


Press the Windows key + R

Now enter / type:   slui.exe  4

Next press the 'ENTER' key.
Select your 'Country' from the list.

After you have selected your country, click ‘Next’.

Choose the 'Activate Windows by phone’ option. Perform ‘Step 1’ and call the number listed.

Stay on the phone *** do not select/press any options *** and wait for a person to help you.
Explain your problem clearly to the support person.
Then provide the numbers in ‘Step 2’ when asked.
Step 3: Enter the confirmation ID the support person gives you, read the number back to the person as a verification check that the sequence of numbers you entered matched the numbers support provided you.
Then click the ‘Activate’ button.

You can check your activation status as follows:
Press the Windows key + R  to open Run dialog.
Now enter / type:   slui.exe

Additional Information:
How to contact a Microsoft Product Activation Center by telephone:
For a list of phone numbers see method #1
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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 147 Applies to: