How to Activate Windows 8.1

If you have recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 Preview and are facing issues while activating the version on your machine, it is probably due to entry of a wrong key, using the existing Windows 8 key, or so and so reasons. If you can’t get things straight with Windows 8.1 activation and continue to stay barred from experiencing the features in this new version from Microsoft, here is how you can fix them.

windows product key

Step 1

If you are using your Windows 8 key to activate this preview version of Windows 8.1, you are likely to experience problems. Windows 8.1 Preview has its own key which is available for use with every Windows 8.1 Preview ISO file download on the website. You must use this key to activate Windows 8.1 Preview post-installation and you shall no longer experience the activation errors.

iso key

Step 2

If you need help with the activation procedure, here you go with it. Call upon “Settings Charm” by simultaneously pressing the “Windows + I” keys and select “Change PC settings”.

change windows setting

From the “PC settings” screen, tap/click “Activate Windows” and then select an option from “Activate”, “Activate by phone”, and “Activate online”. Tap/click “Activate” to type your product key and get started. Otherwise, click/tap “Activate online” to help activate Windows 8.1 Preview online. When done, Windows 8.1 Preview should work start working fine.

activate windows

Step 3

If the problem persists, download and install Windows updates on your Windows 8 machine. Call up “Windows Update” from the “Search Charm” and with admin permissions, download and install the latest updates. Install only the necessary updates and not the optional ones. Once Windows 8 is updated, retry the activation and it should be done successfully.

P.S. Besides, make sure that your Windows 8 meets the minimum system requirements for the Windows 8.1 Preview update.

windows system requirements

windows laptop

Should you continue facing Windows 8 activation problems, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

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