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Trying to register Windows and keep getting Error 0xC004F061

I have Windows 8 installed, but I keep getting an alert that says I need to activate Windows.

I put in my Product Key and it says it's invalid, which makes no sense, since this is the same Product Key I used to install the Operating System to begin with.

I attempted the steps outlined in this tutorial: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-error-0xc004f061-unable-to-use-product-key-for-clean-install and I got the following error message:

Error: 0xC004F025 Access denied: the requested action requires elevated privileges.

Would love to see this dilemma solved. Any thoughts?
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David,

I'm doing this:

slmgr.vbs-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX (my product key)

I hit enter, and I get an error that says what I've entered isn't recognized as a legitimate command.

Where am I blowing it?
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There is another question similar to this here. Turns out the system really is activated but still looking to be activated. Likely cause:  Virus or Malware.

Did your system become un-activated?  or in the Properties screen, might it show as activated?
John, I'm at a point where I think a phone call is needful. I tried to access Support, but then it asks for my Product ID which I can't retrieve, because Windows has yet to be activated. It's a tragic, vicious, circle.

Thing is, I can't find a phone number for the Store. And to your question, on my Properties Screen, the Product ID is listed as "not available."

As far as Malware, it's a fresh install, so I don't think that's a problem.
@brucegust  - Thank you. I assume Microsoft got you going again.
Sure did! I'm rockin' now!
Glad to help, Bruce. Thanks.
Did MS explain what the problem was? Might be handy for future readers :)