# Getting error code 0xc004f210 when trying to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 8 product key

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I have a Lenovo G580 laptop that came with pre-loaded Windows 8 on it. I did a fresh install to Windows 10 using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool and rebooted then the installer asked me for the product key, so I entered my Windows 8 key (The one I found in the bios using a third party software) and it did not accept it, I clicked "I don't have a product key" and the installation continued. Then I tried again to activate Windows using my product key and I got error 0xc004f210 "You are running Windows 10 Home. The product key you entered cannot be used to activate this edition." I tried to install the pro edition and got the same error. Do I have to install Windows 8 again then upgrade to Windows 8.1 then again upgrade to Windows 10 or is there a solution to my issue? Thanks in advance.

You might see this error if you entered a product key for a different edition of Windows than the edition installed on your device. You might also see this error if you previously upgraded to Windows 10, but the current edition of Windows installed on your device doesn't match the edition of your digital entitlement.

You can either enter a valid product key that matches the edition of Windows installed on your device or re-install the edition of Windows 10 that matches your digital entitlement.