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Free 8.1 Pro upgrade

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Free 8.1 Pro upgrade


    I have a question about the free 8.1 Pro upgrade, if I upgrade, then my computer crashes a few months from now and I have to reinstall window 8 again. Will I then have to buy the upgrade? Just asking. Thanks

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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    No, but you would need to re-install Win 8 Pro, then do the upgrade from 8 to 8.1 again. That's why you should make system image backups so you can restore the machine back to the state it was in when you did the backup.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank You, Yes, I know the importance of making a backup, and have the capabilities to do so, but there are tons of folks that will most likely will not do so, and I didn't know if the free 8.1 upgrade would always be available at a later time.
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    N. Calif
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    Instead of an upgrade, think of it as a service pack.
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    USA
    Posts : 79
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Instead of an upgrade, think of it as a service pack.
    Except service packs could be downloaded and slipstreamed into the os. for future installs. This is basically a new os requiring new product keys
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    Windows 8 Pro


    My list of what I don't know about computers is much longer than my list of what I do know, however I build my own computers and I live in a very small town, and there are several folks here that have computers that rely of me to fix their computers when something goes wrong, this is why I asked the question. KCWNY
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Instead of an upgrade, think of it as a service pack.
    Except service packs could be downloaded and slipstreamed into the os. for future installs. This is basically a new os requiring new product keys
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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