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Windows 8 Activating Win*


Active Member
Jul 1, 2012
I recently downloaded Win8 from Windows site. Now I get a screen saying I must activate the account. I had factory installed Win7 before. How do I get a Product Key to activate my new Win8. The site says I can buy a new one. Why didn't they provide one when they allowed me to download Win8. How can I get a new product key so I can activate my account? Thank you
From where did you download? Windows 8 is still in Beta. Currently it is at the "release preview" stage. It is free and legal to download from official sources without charge. Whoever is asking you to buy a licence, which is not yet available, is skamming you, so I doubt your download was from the correct site.. When you download from a legit source, there is normally a "key" at that site, which you must use in the initial stages of the install. here is the original source, but, meanwhile, see if this universal key will work TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

Windows 8 Release Preview
Just to add to Dave's post, here is an FAQ for Windows 8 preview:

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