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Window 8.1 Product Key? A few questions.

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Window 8.1 Product Key? A few questions.


    Hey Guys,

    In 'System Information', there's a link that says 'Get more features with a new edition of windows". Clicking that brings up an 'Enter Product Key' page, and it is only at this point that I realize my product key isn't stuck to the bottom of this PC.

    So, researching this on Google, I found a product key that Microsoft Released for the Trial:
    NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F

    So, my question is: Will my Windows 8 Product Key work with 8.1 Preview?
    If so, I think I would rather dig that up than use a generic key.

    If it doesn't, and I need to use this generic key, what happens at the end of the Preview when everyone has the same Product Key.

    Will Windows 8 become an Operating System where you'll need to pay for the updated OS after the preview? Ie, paying for and getting a new Product Key?

    And last, does anyone know what features entering a product key will actually unlock?

    Thanks, Kurt

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Quote Originally Posted by BarkerBlast View Post
    Hey Guys,

    In 'System Information', there's a link that says 'Get more features with a new edition of windows". Clicking that brings up an 'Enter Product Key' page, and it is only at this point that I realize my product key isn't stuck to the bottom of this PC.

    So, researching this on Google, I found a product key that Microsoft Released for the Trial:
    NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F

    So, my question is: Will my Windows 8 Product Key work with 8.1 Preview?
    If so, I think I would rather dig that up than use a generic key.

    If it doesn't, and I need to use this generic key, what happens at the end of the Preview when everyone has the same Product Key.

    Will Windows 8 become an Operating System where you'll need to pay for the updated OS after the preview? Ie, paying for and getting a new Product Key?

    And last, does anyone know what features entering a product key will actually unlock?

    Thanks, Kurt
    Welcome to EF BarkerBlast !

    1- You can upgrade from Windows 8 without entering a product key, but for a clean install you'll always need a product key. You can enter the generic key or a key received from MSDN in case you have a subscription. Windows 8 keys do not work for a clean install.

    2- At the end of the preview, if you upgraded from a valid Windows 8 install you'll be able to upgrade to RTM without a product key, but you will lose all your apps. If you installed the preview form an ISO or upgraded from a non-activated/illegal copy of Windows 8 you'll need to buy a new key.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Before upgrading Windows 8.1, be sure to make your Recovery disc.

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the OEM version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to make Recovery disc:
    Support - Notebooks NP700Z7CH | Samsung Laptops

    How to Order Recovery disc.
    Support - Notebooks NP700Z7CH | Samsung Laptops





    You can use the Windows system image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarkerBlast View Post
    Hey Guys,

    In 'System Information', there's a link that says 'Get more features with a new edition of windows". Clicking that brings up an 'Enter Product Key' page, and it is only at this point that I realize my product key isn't stuck to the bottom of this PC.

    So, researching this on Google, I found a product key that Microsoft Released for the Trial:
    NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F

    So, my question is: Will my Windows 8 Product Key work with 8.1 Preview?
    If so, I think I would rather dig that up than use a generic key.

    If it doesn't, and I need to use this generic key, what happens at the end of the Preview when everyone has the same Product Key.

    Will Windows 8 become an Operating System where you'll need to pay for the updated OS after the preview? Ie, paying for and getting a new Product Key?

    And last, does anyone know what features entering a product key will actually unlock?

    Thanks, Kurt
    Welcome to EF BarkerBlast !

    1- You can upgrade from Windows 8 without entering a product key, but for a clean install you'll always need a product key. You can enter the generic key or a key received from MSDN in case you have a subscription. Windows 8 keys do not work for a clean install.

    2- At the end of the preview, if you upgraded from a valid Windows 8 install you'll be able to upgrade to RTM without a product key, but you will lose all your apps. If you installed the preview form an ISO or upgraded from a non-activated/illegal copy of Windows 8 you'll need to buy a new key.

    Thanks for your reply, I love this place.

    Windows 8 is so different, and i'm learning so much from here. I'm kinda excited (and dreading) to read the tutorials, already so much I didn't know.

    My version of Windows 8 came with a new laptop I bought only a couple of months ago. I even bought the pro version before that for my old laptop, so it's not illegal in any way.

    I installed from the store, and it just went though the motions, the setup time was painfully slow.

    Why will I loose all my installed apps? Is the RTM not an upgrade as such, but more a fresh install?

    And I guess my biggest question that i'm still not sure about was that, if I enter a product key where I stated in my initial post, will I get any more features as suggested? Or am I better or just leaving it, and using the system as is at the moment? I'm guessing it might just be a feature that isn't finished, ie there's nothing extra to unlock at the moment, maybe it's something for future trial users that have the option of purchasing.

    Thanks again,
    Kurt
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Before upgrading Windows 8.1, be sure to make your Recovery disc.

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the OEM version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to make Recovery disc:
    Support - Notebooks NP700Z7CH | Samsung Laptops

    How to Order Recovery disc.
    Support - Notebooks NP700Z7CH | Samsung Laptops





    You can use the Windows system image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8
    Hey,

    I've never been one to do backups. I guess I've never been caught at the fault of the manufacturer. I figure that if i'm formatting the computer/mobile, I don't like the way it is at the moment, so i'm starting from scratch. Why would I want to carry everything over with a backup?

    I usually delete the recovery partitions, but due to my current nervousness around Windows 8, I decided to leave it there. And after reading this thread from the first post, it's not going anywhere.

    So i'm hoping the recovery partition is enough without the discs. It's the best backup plan I've had in 16 years.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    bangalore
    Posts : 634
    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarkerBlast View Post
    Hey Guys,

    In 'System Information', there's a link that says 'Get more features with a new edition of windows". Clicking that brings up an 'Enter Product Key' page, and it is only at this point that I realize my product key isn't stuck to the bottom of this PC.

    So, researching this on Google, I found a product key that Microsoft Released for the Trial:
    NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F

    So, my question is: Will my Windows 8 Product Key work with 8.1 Preview?
    If so, I think I would rather dig that up than use a generic key.

    If it doesn't, and I need to use this generic key, what happens at the end of the Preview when everyone has the same Product Key.

    Will Windows 8 become an Operating System where you'll need to pay for the updated OS after the preview? Ie, paying for and getting a new Product Key?

    And last, does anyone know what features entering a product key will actually unlock?

    Thanks, Kurt
    Welcome to EF BarkerBlast !

    1- You can upgrade from Windows 8 without entering a product key, but for a clean install you'll always need a product key. You can enter the generic key or a key received from MSDN in case you have a subscription. Windows 8 keys do not work for a clean install.

    2- At the end of the preview, if you upgraded from a valid Windows 8 install you'll be able to upgrade to RTM without a product key, but you will lose all your apps. If you installed the preview form an ISO or upgraded from a non-activated/illegal copy of Windows 8 you'll need to buy a new key.


    After the final RTM, iso images are released the one can use the original product key (windows 8) for upgrading to 8.1(clean install). I hope I am right.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If you have an OEM copy of Windows, the product key is stored in your BIOS, thus it is no longer necessary to enter a product key. The "Add new features" dialog is for adding Additional features like Windows Media Center. It can also be used to upgrade from Windows 8/8.1 standard to Windows 8/8.1 Professional.

    NOTE: I have not tried to upgrade an OEM version to 8.1, so I cannot guarantee that this is the case, but it's how it should be.
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  8. #8


    If you had 8 pro, it might work. I used a box which had 8, and the MSDN copy of 8.1 was pro, and I had to provide a key.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    If you had 8 pro, it might work. I used a box which had 8, and the MSDN copy of 8.1 was pro, and I had to provide a key.
    I bought 8 Pro for my last laptop, this new laptop had it pre-installed. I'm only assuming I had the CD Key provided to me, usually it's on the bottom of the PC, but it's not there?? All seems to be working fine. I think I'll just leave it as is, and wait till the official release before I go trying any CD Keys.

    So just to clarify, I do have a Windows 8 Pro CD Key, but it's not the edition I'm using on this laptop.

    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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