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I have a question about activation.

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    I have a question about activation.


    Hi.

    I recently installed Windows 8.1 using a DVD, but I realized the product key was used on another computer. So, I was thinking of purchasing Windows 8.1 online from Microsoft, but it's $150! At a local store (Officeworks) they sell a Windows 8.1 full version DVD for a cheaper price.

    Now here's my question:

    Can I use the product key located in the DVD packaging to activate Windows 8.1 on my PC?
    If so, will it work by going to PC Settings > Activate Windows > Enter Key?

    Thanks in advance!

    PS, these forums are great, and I'm getting used to using Windows 8.1, besides the constant popups asking meto activate

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Yes you can
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It should work. Just keep in mind you have to match the current version that is installed. If you have Pro installed and try to change key to a Core key it won't accept it. If your running Core now and have a Pro key you want to use the add features option instead of change key.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It should work. Just keep in mind you have to match the current version that is installed. If you have Pro installed and try to change key to a Core key it won't accept it. If your running Core now and have a Pro key you want to use the add features option instead of change key.
    Okay, so how can I tell if it's Pro or not? Do I go into PC Info?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, that's correct. PC Info will let you know what edition you currently have installed.

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