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  • Question

  • i have a lenovo thinkpad s230 u with pre installed windows 8. i need to install a clean installation of windows 8 pro. when booting from the windows 8 pro CD, and start setup, it gives me an error that this installation cannot be done with this licence key. but i was not asked to enter a key in the first place.

    please advise

    Monday, August 19, 2013 1:42 PM


  • Hi,

    As what Carey mentioned, please make sure that you have the full product key to install Windows 8 Pro.

    Since your computer is OEM and preinstalled Windows 8, we may not clean install another edition of Windows 8 easily due to the OEM activation 3.0.

    For detailed information about this error, please refer to this article:

    Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 installation may fail with error message: The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key

    However, in Add features to Windows 8, you can get an edition of Windows 8 that has more features than your current edition.

    To add more features, please follow this article:

    Get more from Windows 8

    More information, you can refer to this article:

    Add features to Windows 8: FAQ

    Hope these could be helpful.

    Kate Li

    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:18 AM

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