Let's say you bought one of those $30 Windows upgrade promotion keys from Microsoft last year and now want to perform a clean install. What do you do?
The media you downloaded does allow you to perform the install but windows will refuse to activate a new install with that upgrade key. Unless you perform this magical process.
If you don't know what you are doing, stop and call a friend. If you make a mistake with regedit, you can harm your windows installation.
- Start Regedit
- Navigate to this registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
- Double click on the MediaBootInstall key and change the value from 1 to 0
- Open a cmd prompt with admin rights and execute this command: slmgr /rearm
- Now you have to reboot Windows
You will now be able to activate your windows with that upgrade key you bought.