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Windows 8 Pro license transfer a new Windows 8.1 computer?

  1. #11


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    Windows 10
    Last edited by genet; 05 Oct 2014 at 04:36.

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  2. #12


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Clean install of Windows 8 CORE, NO app's added.

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    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro with DVD.

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    NOW change product key.
    Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I am going to do it tomorrow, a clean install of Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit and then I will update to 8.1 even though I do feel this is a load of crap. They verified on the phone I have a legit copy of Windows 8 Pro that I can transfer, don't see why they could give me a new key. Whatever though it will be done tomorrow.
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  4. #14


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Clean install of Windows 8.1 CORE, NO app's added.

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    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro with a Windows 8 Pro product key.
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.
    Add Features to Windows 8

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  5. #15


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    Windows 10
    Last edited by genet; 09 Nov 2014 at 18:29.
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  6. #16


    Canon City
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    So I finished the installation, not hard but very time consuming. Thanks for everyone's help.
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  7. #17


    I bought a Toshiba P50t laptop with 8.1 Core pre-installed. I had an 8.0 Pro key which I had bought 17 months ago.
    Following theog post #14, my key was accepted and it upgraded the P50t to 8.1 Pro.

    I was a bit surprised it did as I had used that key on another Toshiba P840 laptop, with 8.0 Core pre-installed, that I bought one year ago.
    On that one, I had used the Pro key, which worked. Sometime later, I upgraded to 8.1 & it was still Pro.

    A couple of months ago, I had to restore the P840 from the Restore Partition, so it was back to 8.0 Core.

    I bought the P50t laptop and was surprised when the key was accepted with no problems at all.
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  8. #18


    An update: Not as smooth as I thought. After doing the above, when I found that Windows was not activated & went to activate, a message said that the key was already in use. I phoned Microsoft & it took 40 minutes before a new key was entered and activated OK.

    At first, the Microsoft operator said I would have to buy a new key, seeing that the Pro key is being used. I explained that the Pro key had been installed on a laptop that, one month ago, had been restored using the Factory Restore partition. That meant that it's original OEM key is activated on that laptop & the Pro key was no longer on it. She then said that the Pro key was activated 15 minutes before & that I had exceeded the number of activations. I pointed out that the activation attempt 15 minutes ago was from the attempt to activate it on the new laptop.

    She continued to say I needed to buy a new key. We argued, politely, back and forth for a while before I was able to convince her that the Pro key would not be used on the old laptop. I was starting to feel like I was being thought of a little dishonest.

    She got me to run an applet which allowed her to take control of my laptop & she entered a big long string of letters & numbers.

    I would say that she would have checked to see if my Windows was genuine, which it is.

    I now have 8.1 core, elevated to Pro, using a 8.0 Pro key.

    Did a image backup with Macrium Reflect. If I ever have to do a factory Restore on this laptop, I can then load on the Macrium to get me back to the Pro key. Do not want to go through that with Microsoft again.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1


    Start Windows 8 installer (http://aka.ms/Win8ISO), enter your Windows 8 product key, cancel download at 1%, start Windows 8.1 installer (http://aka.ms/Win81ISO), download Windows 8.1, select "install by creating media" now select USB flash drive (if you have a USB stick) or ISO file (if you prefer discs).

    Now when you install, use generic Windows 8.1 key "XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB", once installed you'll notice that you have to activate Windows, go to charms bar, click Settings>Change PC Settings>Activate Windows, enter your Windows product key.
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  10. #20


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    win7 / win8 / win8.1

    OK, this is it?


    Hi,


    This is how I did it?


    a. I do have a OEM DVD Windows 8 Pro (with x86/x64 system)
    b. A 30-days old computer of a customer with corrupt recovery part.
    This computer (HP 655 Notebook PC / c4x99ea#uuw) was shipped with preinstalled Windows 8 core

    c. Booted up the oem-win8pro
    d. Legacy boot
    e. Install everything, it did not asked for production keys
    f. It just went on, and when I chk windows activation it was already OK and the windows 8 core...????
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