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Activating Windows 8

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I have a pro copy of Windows 8 which I downloaded as part of the MS Volume licensing service.  When I got to activate it I only get the option to go online and it checks the KMS.  I want to input the key but I dont get the option?

Is there somewhere else I can enter the key?
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To install a client setup key, open an administrative command prompt on the client, type slmgr /ipk <setup key> and press ENTER.
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there is a command you should be able to carry out various tasks to the product key, slmgr This blog post show some of the commands etc that can be used. I am aware that the post mentions vista but slmgr has been in use for a fare while and i know sits in 7 and i am fairly certain it is also in windows 8

tldr:
slmgr /upk (uninstall current installed product key and return license status back to trial state)

slmgr /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (enter a new or replace the current product key with the new product key supplied )

any help?
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Also, to rerun activation (after the key has been changed) run the following command from an elevated (admin) command prompt:

slmgr.vbs -ato
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