So, if you’ve been following on Twitter you’ll have noticed that I’ve bought a £25 Windows 8 upgrade license after running the upgrade tool in the Consumer preview (in a virtual machine too). I didn’t think it would work but it did.

The trouble is, the license key will only activate if you perform an upgrade installation and not a clean installation. As I was going to install it in Bootcamp from scratch, this caused a bit of head-scratching when I eventually had the 0xC004F061 error and no helpful link towards a solution.

Fortunately, there’s a solution to everything and this blog gave me the answer I was looking for –the route to the registry entry I needed to change. Even though Windows 8 has a new front end, the registry is apparently the same as it ever was. Oh goody.

All that you need to do is:

  1. Launch the command prompt as an administrator (Windows key & X –or CMD X if running on a Mac).
  2. Type regedit and press enter.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE
  4. Look for the item MediaBootInstall and set the status to 0
  5. Close regedit and head back to the command prompt that should be still open.
  6. Type slmgr /rearm and restart when prompted.

In better news, the Windows 7 drivers for Bootcamp seem to work just fine. Once you’ve got that working, head straight for the Classic Shell download on Sourceforge and get your productivity back.

Microsoft could have saved themselves a lot of bad press if they’d just left the Start menu in by default. Oh well.