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Load Windows 8 pro on existing Windows 8 pro

  1. #1

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    Load Windows 8 pro on existing Windows 8 pro

    I bought windows 8 pro and installed it on my computer only to find out that it is a pirated copy, so I bought a genuine copy of windows 8 pro. My question is can I install the new copy of windows 8 pro on top of the pirated copy. I don't want to loose all my programs and settings. Eagerly awaiting tour answer. I found when it requested that I activate it and it said it was installed on another computer.

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    only to find out that it is a pirated copy
    What alerted you to that?

    Pleased to hear you are trying to correct it.

    I have no idea how 8 is pirated, so hard to tell if you can just refresh it. Worth a try, it doesn't take long.
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  3. #3

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    You may be able to just change the blocked Product Key for your new one. Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8
    If your sure nothing else has been tampered with and the install media looks genuine that should fix you up. If the install Media is a home made DVD then I would be worried that it was tampered with and you have some unwanted code on your PC. In that case I would recommend doing a clean install with the new official media.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    This is easy, just boot to your unfortunate version of 8.1, and go to your Desktop. Stick your disk in the drive.

    Then browse to 'Setup.Exe" in the installer media, and run it. It has to be run from within Windows or it will not work. When the setup screen brings you to the choice of "Upgrade" or "Custom Install" choose "Upgrade" and then reinstall it. Use your new key to activate, and call the 1-800 number if problems.

    Be warned, some Windows 8/8.1 installers do not have the Upgrade as part of the installer, if it will nto allow you to upgrade, you have to get a different disk. So when downloading or buying a new version, make sure it is a disk that allows upgrading. Usually, if it is the exact same version you had, it will upgrade, this is called an In-Place Install.

    These OSes use a KMS activator, when you re-install, the activator will be deleted. Usually, it also exists as a program from within Program Files, this has to be uninstalled as well. Just look for anything that says "KMS"

    I've probably said too much, but you need to know what to delete.

    The other option you have, is going to the Activation window and hit "Activate with a new Key"

    If your unfortunate copy of 8.1 says "Permanently activated" that button wiull nto be there, and you'll have to use the SLMGR.VBS command to enter a new key. Just type SMLGR.vbs /? and it will show you the command for entering the key manually.

    I would probably do this first- And if it fails, you should call MS, explain your problem, give them your new key, and they'll give you one that works with the OS that was installed.
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Load Windows 8 pro on existing Windows 8 pro
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