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Windows 8 Test drive

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    Windows 8 Test drive

    I have 2 computers that I want to do a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro just for testing purposes ! If I do a fresh install using my key is the key still valid as long as I dont activate it online or by phone? Its 2 PC one I built a year ago and one I just built, both using AMD CPU, one using Asus mobo one using Gigabyte Mobo? Just a question of which one I make a final decidision to install it on! My main question here again is as long as I dont activate it is my key still valid to use!

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    Perhaps the best way (safest) to test without using your own disk is to download the one in the link below:

    Download Windows 8 Pro ISO 32 Bit / 64 Bit Free

    I believe updating to 8.1 might be more to your liking. It was to mine and even liking Windows 10 (beta) even more so.

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    If you use your key to install it will activate automatically when you are online - best use a generic key to install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    If you use your key to install it will activate automatically when you are online - best use a generic key to install.
    Well my intentions was to disconnect my internet connection and just check out mainly that the key and download are infact not and upgrade but a full retail! I actually won the key and a maual from a competiton Microsoft and Mike Halsey who infacts writes the Munuals for Microsoft and from all apperances it appears to be a Retail version Windows Pro! So I had no intentions on allowing it to go online and activate! Just more or less checking for a fact that its not a upgrade! Just in case I do have a generic key that does test valid just in case!

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