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Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Problem

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Win 7/Win 8

    Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Problem


    I bought a new Dell laptop earlier in the year with Windows 8. I didn't like Windows 8 at that time and re-installed my copy of Windows 7 Pro I had. Now I am trying Windows 8.1 Preview and have decided that when the Update comes out in October that I may want to go to Windows 8.1. My question is: Will I be able to update the Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 Pro without any trouble? I want to keep Windows 7 running on another partition but have Windows 8.1 on another in a dual boot situation. If I re-formatted and overwrote Win 8 with Win 7 will I have to buy a new product key to activate it since the product key was embedded in the BIOS of Win 8?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello thnorris, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    No. You will not need to purchase a new Windows 8 or 8.1 product key. Since your Dell laptop came preinstalled with Windows 8, it's product key is embedded in the UEFI/BIOS firmware chip, and was entered automatically when you installed Windows 8.1. You should be able to update to the 8.1 RTM (final) the same way but you will only be able to keep your personal files.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...d-install.html

    warning   Warning
    If upgrading from Windows 8.1 Preview/Windows RT 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 final/Windows 8.1 RT final (when released October 18th 2013), you will "Keep personal files only", but will lose your settings and have to reinstall all of your apps.


    Hope this help,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 2
    Win 7/Win 8


    Thanks, Shawn. That helps. I was afraid that by doing the clean install I lost the key. When I do go to the Dell support site and run the driver update utility it does list updates for Win 8 and Win 7 including BIOS updates for Win 8. Thanks again.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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