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I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro x64 from Windows 7 Professional x64. My Windows 7 Professional was activated with a genuine Windows key I acquired through Microsoft DreamSpark. I also have 3 Windows Pro 8 keys (full version). 2 of which I acquired from DreamSpark and the other I got when I worked at Staples.

When I try to activate Windows 8.1 Pro I get the message "That key can't be used to activate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key." I'm trying to use a Windows 8 Pro key on Windows 8 Pro. The only difference is this is Windows 8.1, which is just a free update to Windows 8. Any good reasoning for this?
    
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You cannot use a Windows 8 Pro key with 8.1 as it is not fully released yet. Go here to get the key you need for activation.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by newbrevolution View Post

You cannot use a Windows 8 Pro key with 8.1 as it is not fully released yet. Go here to get the key you need for activation.


It's the final version. Oh well, I guess I'll see what happens when it's officially released.
    
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Originally Posted by skatingrocker17 View Post

It's the final version. Oh well, I guess I'll see what happens when it's officially released.

Yes, you are correct it is the final release version but you have to get the key from MS. You cannot use a Windows 8 key. The link I provided has the key and information you seek.
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if you still have dreamsoark windows 8.1 is on there with the cd keys.

I'm updating my win 7 tonight to 8.1.
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