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    Professional Upgrade Product Key


    Hey Everyone

    I have recently bought Windows 8 Pro Upgrade from Amazon, but I was just wondering if anyone know how often the Product Key can be used? I don't really want it to be a one time use key, as if something goes wrong, then I will be screwed.... right?

    The below is what I have ordered:
    Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC): Amazon.co.uk: Software

    Thanks

    Melloorr

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    The product key is valid for reinstalls. There is no limit to reinstalls on the same hardware. If you change hardware that is a different issue, it may require Microsoft to reactivate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    Hey Everyone

    I have recently bought Windows 8 Pro Upgrade from Amazon, but I was just wondering if anyone know how often the Product Key can be used? I don't really want it to be a one time use key, as if something goes wrong, then I will be screwed.... right?

    The below is what I have ordered:
    Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC): Amazon.co.uk: Software

    Thanks

    Melloorr
    Reinstalling on the same machine should not be a problem--probably not even if you change significant hardware (worst case would be having to do phone activation). Note, however, that, after reinstalling Win8, you are likely to have to use the refresh procedure described in the first part of this tutorial to activate: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade. Also, if you install on a different machine, you probably will have to do telephone activation.
    Last edited by znod; 30 Mar 2013 at 19:00.
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    Ahh, so if I use the key, then I get a new motherboard, then I should be able to just reinstall windows 7, and use the upgrade key again?
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    Hello Melloorr, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Actually, you could just do a direct clean install with your Windows 8 upgrade, and use the W8 key.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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    Ahh, that will be very useful, when I finally get my key. Thanks

    But you would have though that seeing as it is just the Product Key I needed, that Amazon would just email me it, but apparently not

    But I guess it saves paying 189 for the professional version
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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    Hey Everyone

    I have recently bought Windows 8 Pro Upgrade from Amazon, but I was just wondering if anyone know how often the Product Key can be used? I don't really want it to be a one time use key, as if something goes wrong, then I will be screwed.... right?

    The below is what I have ordered:
    Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC): Amazon.co.uk: Software

    Thanks

    Melloorr
    I've lost count of how many times I've used my key... I tend to install and uninstall and reinstall OSes frequently - it's a sickness '-)

    Always on the same hardware, though - my understanding is that you might have to call in to HQ and explain what's going on if you change hardware. I'm not sure how much of your hardware had to change before it gets flagged as "changed" - not sure the algorithm they use for this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    Ahh, so if I use the key, then I get a new motherboard, then I should be able to just reinstall windows 7, and use the upgrade key again?
    See my prior post. Win7 reinstalled; not necessary.
    Last edited by znod; 30 Mar 2013 at 19:01.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    But you would have though that seeing as it is just the Product Key I needed, that Amazon would just email me it, but apparently not
    Don't know what you are saying.
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    If you are buying a key from a third party, through Amazon, you should be very wary. There has been a lot of fraud reported, through multi sales of the same key.
    From your post, I would suspect that you may, already, be a victim?
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