Activation not working

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SliceOfPie.rce

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Finally reinstalled win8.1 since the win10 reset was broke and trying to upgrade it to 10 but requires activation of the key, but it's the same one that I just formatted from the hard drive, and says the key isn't working?
 

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Isn't working as it isn't being accepted as a valid key when being typed in or it fails the activation process?

Did you reinstall the correct version of Windows 8 or 8.1? There's a Home and a Professional version. Do you have an OEM license that came with the computer or a separately purchased Retail copy?

You might just need to call the phone number on the activation screen and go through the automated phone system or maybe talk to the person and they can hep you activate it.

Or do you plan to go back to Windows 10? If you want to go back to Windows 10 then you don't need Windows 8, you can go straight to the Windows 10 using the ISO: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10
That's for the brand new Windows 10 Creators Update that was just released.
Windows 10 should activate using the previously registered key, one the key entry screen just click Next without entering any key and when you connect to the internet it should automatically activate.
 
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