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windows 8.1 pricing models

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    windows 8.1 pricing models


    i just upgraded to 8.1 and microsoft wants me to buy a license--thats ok--but then it shows the price as 289$

    my question--what do i get for this? can I use this later on another pc? my current pc is old and i don't want to have to buy another license when i change pc's within 1 yea or less.

    i can go buy an oem 8.1 software for about 140$ that i understand is only good for 1 pc.
    any insight on how this works??

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    What did you upgrade from?

    How did you manage to upgrade without buying a license beforehand?

    If you were already running win 8.0 , there should be no charge, it is an update/service pack.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    windows 8


    i upgraded from an installation provided from the shop where i bought the pc. (this is thailand-i suspect the win8 i got was not a legit copy). anyway I just bit the bullet and bought the full 8.1. I wont be happy if if I can't use it later on another pc when I upgrade my hardware.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1


    Might be better to buy full 8.0 rather than 8.1 upgrade, install 8.0 then upgrade to 8.1 for free ota.

    That way your 8.0 disks are portable to another pc.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    If you wait, your new computer will probably have 8.1 already installed.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 10
    windows 8


    i didn't have the option to buy full 8.0--i had to buy full 8.1

    i just downloaded the licensed installation package and am creating bootable usb that I can use to install later--the big issue to me is whether I can install on another pc or not
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  7. #7


    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1


    I thought 8.1 was only available as an upgrade? If you have full 8.1 it could be pirated.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 10
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    If you wait, your new computer will probably have 8.1 already installed.
    too late to wait--my pc asking me to activate every 5 minutes

    and my next pc will be something I build from components--no software included so it wont have any software installed
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  9. #9


    Posts : 10
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by dakeb View Post
    I thought 8.1 was only available as an upgrade? If you have full 8.1 it could be pirated.
    i bought directly from microsoft-its 8.1 full license.

    i received a code and downloaded iso for future use
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  10. #10


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by dakeb View Post
    I thought 8.1 was only available as an upgrade? If you have full 8.1 it could be pirated.
    If you have a (legitimate) copy of 8.0 then the upgrade to 8.1 is free
    For everyone else, there is only one version; the version to upgrade from eg. Windows 7, or to install a "full" version on a bare metal computer is the same thing:
    Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1
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