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Will this work? (and how much work would it be?)

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    Will this work? (and how much work would it be?)

    I am currently running 8.1 Core and want to use this windows 8 pro upgrade key to upgrade my windows installation. I have Windows 8.1 install disks, but not 8. Will this work? and does it matter if I intend to do a clean install or only an in-place upgrade?

    I have only ever installed OS's via physical media, and I don't really know how these key-upgrades are supposed to work.

    Also I am thinking about upgrading to 10 soon, and would rather go to 10 pro. My previous attempt to upgrade failed (via Winupdate and also using media creation tool), but I d/l'd a Win 10 iso and burned it to a DVD a few days ago. I am willing to give the upgrade a 2nd try, but I have been warned that doing a clean install of 8.1 might be the only way to upgrade for sure.

    Anyone have thoughts regarding a fairly straightforward way of going from 8.1 core to 10 pro (I am willing to restore all my programs afterwards and backup all my data beforehand). I am willing to devote half-a-day, possibly more, this weekend towards accomplishing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yu gnomi View Post
    I am currently running 8.1 Core and want to use this windows 8 pro upgrade key to upgrade my windows installation.
    This can also be done: Upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro with a Windows 8 Pro product key.

    Add Features to Windows 8

    7. Do step 8 or 9 below depending on if you have already previously purchased a product key number or not. (see screenshot below)

    8. If you Already Have a Product Key Number

    A) Enter your product key number of the feature or edition that you purchased, wait for the key to be approved, click/tap on Next, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note
    You can use this option to do either of this below:

    • Add the Windows Media Center feature to Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro.
    • Upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro with a Windows 8 Pro product key.
    • Upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro with a Windows 8.1 Pro product key.

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    I won't actually receive the upgrade key until some time this week, so probably next weekend will upgrade.
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    pro upgrade works as advertised, will attempt 10 upgrade some other day. Thanks for help.
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