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I will be upgrading my motherboard i have some ??

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Brink what about a repair install ??

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  2. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not sure that will work when you place the drive on a new motherboard, but it wouldn't hurt to try to avoid a full clean install. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first though.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Maybe i will get lucky and it wont ask me to reactivate and just boot LOL considering how much MS operating systems have changed someone told me once you have a certain amount of upgrades before they ask have you heard of this?
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  4. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You will always be able to activate a retail key on any PC. It's just that you may have to activate by phone if that key has been activated to many times in short time frame, or has been activated on another PC before removing for the new PC.
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  5. #15


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    This may or may not help.

    I used my Factory recovery disks to restore my PC to the original OEM version of Windows 8.
    {From 8.1.1 Pro WMC}

    I installed My paid version of Macrium Reflect & inserted my USB drive & restored it back to 8.1.1 WMC.
    It activated automatically.

    I did not have to use my ProPack key or my OEM key.
    The system found them, I guess, & with my Microsoft account everything went well.

    If you want to know your keys run this VBS script.
    It shows OEM & installed keys.

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs

    It looks like this---

    Click image for larger version

    The main point to this post is I didn't have to type in a Product Key at any stage of the process.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That great news
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  7. #17


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    This may or may not help.

    I used my Factory recovery disks to restore my PC to the original OEM version of Windows 8.
    {From 8.1.1 Pro WMC}

    I installed My paid version of Macrium Reflect & inserted my USB drive & restored it back to 8.1.1 WMC.
    It activated automatically.

    I did not have to use my ProPack key or my OEM key.
    The system found them, I guess, & with my Microsoft account everything went well.

    If you want to know your keys run this VBS script.
    It shows OEM & installed keys.

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs

    It looks like this---

    Click image for larger version

    The main point to this post is I didn't have to type in a Product Key at any stage of the process.
    You Sir are a life saver this gave me my current installed key I will now be able to reactivate win 8.1 pro with media center i forgot i did that, and be good to if it ask me to do so. i did not have a key for OEM in system that's good as i figured that was gone when i did everything else before.
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  8. #18


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I hope things work out for you.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks what do you think of this mainboard think it would be a good choice? Amazon.com: MSI Z77A-G41 PCi Express GEN3 Click Blos II Military Class Mainboard.: Computers & Accessories
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  10. #20


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    Thanks what do you think of this mainboard think it would be a good choice? Amazon.com: MSI Z77A-G41 PCi Express GEN3 Click Blos II Military Class Mainboard.: Computers & Accessories
    I don't know enough about hardware to comment.
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