I dont have a BETA key but i have pre ordered but dont worry.
I figured id still be able to run the launcher. I log in using my STO uder and pass. And in the corner it sais servers up. THen one of the buttons appears and greys out saing 'make it so'. Under news it says there are no articles posted a this time and gives me an archive link.
Is this because i dont have an activated account or is there something wrong with my game?
If you don't have a beta key then you won't be able to play the beta. When you put a beta key in it activates your ability to play the beta through your account. If you preordered from gamestop they should have given you a beta key card with your receipt.