Legit Windows 8 Pro key doesn't work on Windows 8.1 Core/Pro iso

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by telefunken, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. telefunken

    telefunken MDL Novice

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    Like the title says, I have a legit Windows 8 Pro key which works on "en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso". I've downloaded "Windows_8.1_EN-US_x64.ISO" which is the Core/Pro version posted in the stickies repository but it won't accept my key. What's going on?
     
  2. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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  3. OldMX

    OldMX MDL Senior Member

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    #3 OldMX, Sep 18, 2013
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    Check the stickies, you need a generic key to install and once setup is complete insert your legit key.
     
  4. trbanglang

    trbanglang MDL Novice

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    "doesn't work" you must activate windows by phone. (slui 4 after add key slui 3)
    Work: activate online.
     
  5. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    Repeated so many times, but again:
    My experience: Install win 8.1 with trial keys, then activate online with win 8 key. No need for phone.
     
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  6. telefunken

    telefunken MDL Novice

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    Doesn't accept the key during setup so no way to actually install it for it to be activated by phone. Jessica Alba's trick did the job.
     
  7. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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  8. M0rriss0n

    M0rriss0n MDL Senior Member

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    Got an OEM key from BIOS.
    Installed Core with install key provided in another thread.
    Changed key to the one I got from BIOS.

    "Your key does not work"

    slmgr -ato error "Contact Systems Administrator"

    Nice puzzle
     
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  9. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

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    Maybe dumb question.
    I have an Upgrade Key ($40) used in last December for upgrading W7 to W8 Pro then WMC with Free WMC key (All legit).
    What is the best way to make a fresh new installation of Windows 8.1 Pro + WMC on the same hardware, without installing first Windows 7. ??
    Is the old trick Installing twice over still working ? Or the registry hack ?
    The machine is Home made, no OEM Bios problem.
    Thanks for any advice :)
     
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  10. Comandante

    Comandante Guest

    Forget about windows 7 and 8.0, fresh install windows 8.1 pro with generic key (not with legit 8.0 key), then activate it with legit 8.0 key, then activate WMC with legit WMC key.
     
  11. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks,
    Yes I already know that way. But what will happened with an Upgrade Key ?
    Can I activate a Full version 8.1 on clean install ?
     
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  12. Comandante

    Comandante Guest

    I activated my windows pro 8.1WMC, and current 8.1 pro is full version 8.1 pro, byte by byte, hash by hash.
     
  13. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks , I will go this way.
     
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  14. ady199

    ady199 MDL Senior Member

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    I added the following ei.cfg file to the iso:-

    [Channel]
    _Default

    [VL]
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    It no longer asks me to enter in a product key on install and just asks for the key once windows has been installed - I enter in my Windows 8 Retail key and hey presto Windows is activated, I don't have to fart around changing keys or phone activation :biggrin:
     
  15. Kittyfuzz

    Kittyfuzz MDL Novice

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    No problem if you installed Windows 8 before on the smae PC. When you log into your acoount and your settings are synced, you can use your upgrade keys to activate both Winfows 8.1 and WMC. :)
     
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  16. M0rriss0n

    M0rriss0n MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks to this forum the puzzle is solved.
    Installed single language OEM Core edition with provided install key.
    Put my own key and activation said key already being used.
    Called phone activation, and voila, activated.
     
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