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October 27, 2012 10:15:46 PM

Alright, so I installed windows 8 pro (The boxed version) onto my HTPC (I previously had XBUNTU on). I used the product key given in the box during installation and everything worked smoothly. However, after the installation when i go into system info the key is not there and when i enter it, it tells me the key is invalid. Is there somthing I'm missing here? any help would be much appreciated thanks!

I should also mention that i turned the disk into an iso image, and then set up my usb drive to install it off of (I have no cd drive in my htpc)

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a b * Windows 8
October 27, 2012 11:59:16 PM

Double check first that you aren't mixing up number and letters (for example, B and the number eight). If you are absolutely sure you are entering the key exactly as shown on the box, the system should give you the option to call Microsoft's activation line. I've done it before for Windows 7 and it was very easy. Took no more than about 5 minutes and I was up and running.
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a b * Windows 8
October 28, 2012 12:14:38 AM

Go to run and type "slui 3" then press enter; then put in your key.

If that does not work contact Microsoft technical support here: (800) MICROSOFT (642-7676)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319726

They can activate it for you really quickly over the phone.
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a b * Windows 8
October 28, 2012 1:13:13 AM

Just to be clear, this is the full version and not an upgrade version? The upgrade version won't activate if it doesn't detect a full copy of a previous version of Windows.
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October 29, 2012 12:15:06 AM

I'm in this same situation.

When I try to activate Windows 8 AFTER installing it.. I'm told the product key is invalid because it is an upgrade version. However, BestBuy promised me I have the full version when I notified them of this. I don't know what's going on.

I called Microsoft and the lady I talked to informed me that I in fact do only have the upgrade version...? Doesn't say anything other than 'Windows 8 Pro" on the box. Bad marketing if it really isn't a full version.
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a b * Windows 8
October 29, 2012 12:22:34 AM

how much did you pay for it at bestbuy? the upgrade W8 pro on amazon price $70, full version W8 pro $140

The box didn't have any fine print on the back or bottom?
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October 29, 2012 12:31:46 AM

the boxed version selling in ALL stores is the upgrade version. You CANNOT buy the full version in a store.

You need to buy the full version if you had Linux running before. So either an OEM copy or full retail online.
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a b * Windows 8
October 29, 2012 12:53:46 AM

onlytaurus said:
I'm in this same situation.

When I try to activate Windows 8 AFTER installing it.. I'm told the product key is invalid because it is an upgrade version. However, BestBuy promised me I have the full version when I notified them of this. I don't know what's going on.

I called Microsoft and the lady I talked to informed me that I in fact do only have the upgrade version...? Doesn't say anything other than 'Windows 8 Pro" on the box. Bad marketing if it really isn't a full version.



Hi :) 

What COLOUR is the box ?

Black is upgrade....

All the best Brett :) 
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October 29, 2012 1:49:33 AM

Great.. Best Buy is informing hundreds of people wrong information.. It's black.

I thought the 'Geek Squad' was supposed to be the best of the best. :-P

Well.. I'm demanding $75 dollors(what I paid for 8) off Windows 7 then..
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a b * Windows 8
October 29, 2012 1:55:39 AM

Daedalus2002 said:
the boxed version selling in ALL stores is the upgrade version. You CANNOT buy the full version in a store.


Full version @ NCIX: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=77185&vpn=FQC-05956&m...

Full version @ Newegg.ca (also available at their .com site for US customers): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Stores are selling the full version.

Here is the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade item at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note how it's half the price of the full version above?

Edit: Best Buy in the States is really f***ing this up. Their webpage with Windows 8 Pro gives absolutely no indication that the customer is getting the upgrade version: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Windows+8+Professional+-+Wi...

Be sure to blame Best Buy though not Microsoft. Not Microsoft's fault that BB can't tell their customers what they are selling. Will take another look but I did not see a full version available via Best Buy's US site.
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October 29, 2012 10:07:23 AM

I think MS' sale plan for this version of Windows is absolutely ass backwards. They're shoving Upgrade versions down everyone's throats and it's very confusing about what you can really do with it. You can clean install (format) on a drive, but only if it recognizes an existing version, yet I can't clean install on a blank drive.... WHAT?!?! Plus, there is NO full version RETAIL, only full version OEM, which the licensing works different.

Also, yes, Best Buy is really confusing people with what they're selling... not to mention the ignorant reviewers that are buying from Best Buy and misinforming people of what they're buying. Telling people you can do a clean install with this version is misleading, because, you really can't.

If you install a brand new hard drive, from what I understand, you cannot install windows 8 onto it, which is what I consider a clean install to be. You have to first install windows 7 or some other OS, just to then re-format (clean install) windows 8 onto it. Stupidest thing I've ever heard and I'm pissed that I spent $40 on this!
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October 29, 2012 12:26:54 PM

The_Prophecy said:
Full version @ NCIX: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=77185&vpn=FQC-05956&m...

Full version @ Newegg.ca (also available at their .com site for US customers): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Stores are selling the full version.

Here is the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade item at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note how it's half the price of the full version above?

Edit: Best Buy in the States is really f***ing this up. Their webpage with Windows 8 Pro gives absolutely no indication that the customer is getting the upgrade version: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Windows+8+Professional+-+Wi...

Be sure to blame Best Buy though not Microsoft. Not Microsoft's fault that BB can't tell their customers what they are selling. Will take another look but I did not see a full version available via Best Buy's US site.




NCIX (and other stores) is selling the full OEM version. I should have said you cannot buy the full RETAIL version instore.
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October 29, 2012 1:05:55 PM

So the solution is to install Windows 7, Vista, or XP (you don't have to activate them?) then apply the Windows 8 upgrade. Right?
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October 29, 2012 1:23:14 PM

thrasher32 said:
So the solution is to install Windows 7, Vista, or XP (you don't have to activate them?) then apply the Windows 8 upgrade. Right?


Right. You cannot purchase the retail version outright from stores, unless it's from Microsoft online or Amazon, etc.
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October 29, 2012 2:34:08 PM

This same scenario occurs every time Microsoft issues a new OS. You're naive if you think it isn't part of their marketing plan. Confusion about version type can only lead to over spending on multiple copies. How hard is it to print the words "upgrade version" clearly on the box an in the ads and how smart do you need to be to be aware of the necessity to do so. Think about it folks.
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October 29, 2012 2:45:48 PM

ram1009 said:
This same scenario occurs every time Microsoft issues a new OS. You're naive if you think it isn't part of their marketing plan. Confusion about version type can only lead to over spending on multiple copies. How hard is it to print the words "upgrade version" clearly on the box an in the ads and how smart do you need to be to be aware of the necessity to do so. Think about it folks.

Consider that 89% of all desktop and laptop computers are already running Windows. The overwhelming majority of users will have no issue using the upgrade version at all.

Is it inconvenient to some people, sure. But it's more than a little stretch to claim it's a scam to trick people into buying additional copies.
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a b * Windows 8
October 29, 2012 2:55:41 PM

Since they are not currently allowing for a "clean" install for a Qualifing system, there biggest problem is likely to be a year down stream when you no longer have the "orginal" disk to Re-install the OS just so you can re-install win 8 - OUCH
Could be reason to NOT go with Win8

The vendors selling Window 8 upgrade and NOT saying that it is an upgrade version (picture does not show) are leaving themselfs open - as this is a clear case of Buy Beware - OK for Used, but not for new.

PS has anybody tried the Double install method??
NOTE: asking for Legit owners of qualifing OS and NOT tring to circumvent legal requirement of owning qualifing OS for The specific machine being upgraded.
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October 29, 2012 3:06:58 PM

onlytaurus said:
Great.. Best Buy is informing hundreds of people wrong information.. It's black.

I thought the 'Geek Squad' was supposed to be the best of the best. :-P

Well.. I'm demanding $75 dollors(what I paid for 8) off Windows 7 then..

You don't even need an A+ cert to be geek squad. Largely, they're idiots paid to push buttons.
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October 29, 2012 3:18:05 PM

onlytaurus said:
Great.. Best Buy is informing hundreds of people wrong information.. It's black.

I thought the 'Geek Squad' was supposed to be the best of the best. :-P

Well.. I'm demanding $75 dollors(what I paid for 8) off Windows 7 then..



lol the geek squad is not the best of the best.. lol trust me on that note .. not to mention they tend to make things worse or try and upsell solutions that are not really needed .. in the end your looking at a more exspensive fix then whats really required..
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a b * Windows 8
October 29, 2012 9:59:12 PM

I can back up the claims here about Geek Squad. I've dealt with them a couple of times (mostly to talk circles around them for simple amusement), but I also had a former co-worker who worked for them before joining my team. This former co-worker actually knew what he was doing, but he was constantly amazed at how bad many GS employee's were at their jobs. "Idiots paid to push buttons" sums it up pretty well IMO.

Daedalus2002 said:
NCIX (and other stores) is selling the full OEM version. I should have said you cannot buy the full RETAIL version instore.


That would be right. There is no *Retail* version anymore. It's Upgrade or OEM only. The one knock against Microsoft here is the fact that they didn't print more clearly on the box exactly what the end user is buying. In addition to being common sense, there would be no way for places like Best Buy to screw this up further.

Excusing the crude analogy... I wouldn't say quite yet that Microsoft have shot themselves in the foot here, but they loaded the gun by not printing UPGRADE clearly on the box, and have now pointed it at their foot when they seemingly left it up to retailers to tell customers what they are buying.

Seems like a very strange way of doing things.
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October 30, 2012 10:57:20 AM

RetiredChief said:
PS has anybody tried the Double install method??


I'm not sure about this method, but the registry hack (that I am obviously not going to provide any links to) worked for me. I had a brain fart and erased my SSD before running the installation, so it obviously didn't pick up any previous installs. Then again, my Win 7 installation was so botched it probably wouldn't have picked it up anyway :lol: 

Everything worked fine, except my wireless. For some reason Windows has never had drivers for my RTL8187B NIC included OOTB, and yet they've been in the mainline Linux kernel for a long time. Luckily the Windows 7 ones work fine, because Realtek hasn't made any for Windows 8.
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a b * Windows 8
October 30, 2012 12:32:21 PM

^ That sounds reassuring.
The registry hack, normal posted links were to 3rd party instruction: However; my understanding that that is what microsoft also puts out. It is needed to cover "HONEST" problems were the Required previous version has been lost. IE in Like in your case you had already wiped it, In other cases, primarily OEM store bought systems where the OEM HDD has been damaged and a New HDD purchased, or OS corrupted to point of Not booting an alternate methode should be provided for by MS.

2nd question concerns dual booting the previous version and New Win 8 at least upto the point of Verifing that Windows 8 is working fully the way you expect/desire. I had a problem with the Dual boot using the beta version. Occomplished with Win 7 SSD disconnected for win 8 install to 2nd SSD. When booting to win 8 looked fine - EXCEPT looked like win 8 modified win7 SSD, but reboot back to win 7 I would get a error message (Forget) and had to do a "fix" to boot back to win 7.
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October 30, 2012 12:39:38 PM

ha so yea Future Shop (pretty much the same as Best Buy) gave me the upgrade version, when i asked for the full version. The worst part is it doesnt even say upgrade on the stuped box. Now as i was running XBUNTU before this is rather annoying, but I got it working by installing windows 7, then installing windows 8, then doing a clean install of windows 8 all over again so that i could fit it on my 32gig ssd (upgrade required at least 20 gigs of free space).

works great, but in all i really need to stop shopping at stuped best buy, and Future shop
Thanks for the comments aswell !
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October 30, 2012 12:40:19 PM

Best answer selected by peterson99.
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October 30, 2012 2:36:22 PM

The_Prophecy said:
I can back up the claims here about Geek Squad. I've dealt with them a couple of times (mostly to talk circles around them for simple amusement), but I also had a former co-worker who worked for them before joining my team. This former co-worker actually knew what he was doing, but he was constantly amazed at how bad many GS employee's were at their jobs. "Idiots paid to push buttons" sums it up pretty well IMO.

They actually don't want qualified employees, because they have to pay them more. I applied straight out of college (economy was in the shitter, took six months to find work). Probably had more experience with computer hardware than their entire Geek Squad put together, plus a degree in Software Engineering to prove I know the software side.

They never called back.
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October 30, 2012 3:01:29 PM

From a high-level, corporate perspective, I can understand why they don't want super knowledgeable employees. People with knowledge tend to fix an issue as the issue is instead of some standard process that simultaneously legally protects the company and ensures a high rate of "repairs" per hour/day/etc. There is, of course, the pay aspect to someone who can do more than click 'install' or 'run.' It tanks customer service, though.
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October 30, 2012 10:10:17 PM

willard said:
They actually don't want qualified employees, because they have to pay them more. I applied straight out of college (economy was in the shitter, took six months to find work). Probably had more experience with computer hardware than their entire Geek Squad put together, plus a degree in Software Engineering to prove I know the software side.

They never called back.


But were you a good salesperson? ;) 
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a b * Windows 8
October 30, 2012 10:17:12 PM

randomizer said:
But were you a good salesperson? ;) 


Hi :) 

Does a good sales person mean one with no morals in this case ?

All the best Brett :) 
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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2012 1:07:05 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Does a good sales person mean one with no morals in this case ?

All the best Brett :) 


Doesn't that description cover a large majority of them anyway? :D  ;) 

Edit: Just realized this was my 8000th post. WOOT!
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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2012 1:16:55 AM

The_Prophecy said:
Doesn't that description cover a large majority of them anyway? :D  ;) 

Edit: Just realized this was my 8000th post. WOOT!


Hi :) 

Congrats on posts, I am catching you on points :) 

All the best Brett :) 
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October 31, 2012 5:13:47 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Does a good sales person mean one with no morals in this case ?

All the best Brett :) 

I could never offer somebody an extended warranty with a straight face. It's probably best they didn't hire me.

And congrats on the 8000th post!
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October 31, 2012 11:59:01 PM

Daedalus2002 said:
the boxed version selling in ALL stores is the upgrade version. You CANNOT buy the full version in a store.

You need to buy the full version if you had Linux running before. So either an OEM copy or full retail online.



Your quite right, that seems to be what has happened here, and its not possible to upgrade from a non windows os
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November 1, 2012 1:17:13 AM

I was at walmart earlier and the price tag with the product name was clear to me it was upgrade (though arguably I'm more "in the know" on OS's than the average consumer) but it was abbreviated like WIN8PROUPGE or somesuch.
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November 1, 2012 2:11:57 AM

BrianGraham91 said:
Right. You cannot purchase the retail version outright from stores, unless it's from Microsoft online or Amazon, etc.


I don't know about that man..

I bought Windows 8 Pro from BesyBuy. Clean 64-bit install. Got it activated and personalized, ran WEI.

Looks like a full version to me..
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November 1, 2012 4:29:12 AM

Did you install it on a PC with no previous copy of Windows already installed?
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November 1, 2012 6:35:59 PM

Yea from what I hear, you cant buy the full version in the stores (although i don't know this for sure). The upgrade version can do a clean install, which should work if you had some version of windows already installed(I'm thinking the product key is linked to the mobo?)

The only thing i don't understand is why anyone would by the full version of windows 8 when the upgrade version doesn't require a registered version of windows to be installed over?
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November 1, 2012 6:50:03 PM

It's a violation of terms to do that.
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November 3, 2012 10:57:49 PM

I did buy the upgrade version from Microcenter for $38.88, they advertised it as an 'upgrade' version. BUT looking at the box now, under system requirements Microsoft should have added "previous version of Windows required". That way even if the store failed to mention the fact that it was an upgrade version, you could clearly see that it was in fact an upgrade version.. Not faulting Microsoft, but they could have marked the box as 'upgrade' somehow.
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a b * Windows 8
November 3, 2012 11:44:09 PM

Agreed. Microsoft could have done more to ensure places like Best Buy had no way to screw this up.
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November 5, 2012 12:21:25 AM

randomizer said:
Did you install it on a PC with no previous copy of Windows already installed?


Right. Clean install. Built the PC, so no previous Windows. Activated fine. WEI is an 8.1, lowest being an SSD transfer rate. :)  Windows 8 goes to 9.9 now.

Bought Windows 8 Pro for the $69.99 BestBuy promotional price. Still going on I believe.
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November 6, 2012 2:35:04 AM

Daedalus2002 said:
the boxed version selling in ALL stores is the upgrade version. You CANNOT buy the full version in a store.

You need to buy the full version if you had Linux running before. So either an OEM copy or full retail online.


You are an idiot! They do sell a full version in stores, it is called Windows 8 Pro. There are 3 version in stores right now, Windows 8 pro, windows 8 Upgrade and the windows 8 pro pack... The pro pack basically just gives you windows media center... nothing really too special for the extra $69.99 that it is currently on sale for now!
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a b * Windows 8
November 6, 2012 3:01:10 AM

xanderman_20 said:
You are an idiot! They do sell a full version in stores, it is called Windows 8 Pro. There are 3 version in stores right now, Windows 8 pro, windows 8 Upgrade and the windows 8 pro pack... The pro pack basically just gives you windows media center... nothing really too special for the extra $69.99 that it is currently on sale for now!


This issue was already addressed. There's also no need to blatantly call him an idiot like that. I already did, but in a much more polite manner, and then came to understand what he actually meant when he clarified the statement. Please read the beginning of the thread again and you will see what I am talking about. And don't be so quick to jump on people like that. It's really not necessary, and all you do is incite more childish name calling.
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a b * Windows 8
March 13, 2013 2:58:38 PM

SchizTech said:
Just to be clear, this is the full version and not an upgrade version? The upgrade version won't activate if it doesn't detect a full copy of a previous version of Windows.


Actually that's not technically true. You can call Microsoft and they will manually activate it, just have to say you did a clean install. After that if you format it should activate after a clean install without the need to call again, has worked for me a couple systems.
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April 15, 2013 12:00:52 PM

i jst purchase window 8 pro in 50 pkr.. almst 0.5 $....:)  actived
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