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Need another key to keep 8.1 around

  1. #1

    Need another key to keep 8.1 around


    With MS's "clarifications" published yesterday, the consensus now appears to be that (1) you need a valid Win7/8/8.1 install to upgrade to Win10, and (2) the upgrade will deactivate the prior OS.

    Whether or not (2) will be true, only time will tell -- but I want to keep my Win8.1 around and working for some time before I switch over to using Win10 full time.

    When Win8 came out, MS offered it for only $40, but nothing along those same lines for Win10 has even been hinted by MS. So, given that Win10 Pro is going to cost $199 (USD), the cheaper route would be to do the Win10 upgrade (from 8.1) for free, and buy a new license for 8.1 Pro.

    Since I've only bought Windows versions from MS, I have no idea where to go online to buy a GENUINE Win8.1 pro license key. I don't want to make the mistake of paying a little less money, but for a fake or pirated MSDN key; instead, I need to get a genuine key.

    So, I would like suggestions from folks who have purchased Win8.1 pro keys online.

    Thanks ... in advance ...

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  2. #2


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Newegg or any other reputable vendor would sell a valid license. I may also be not understanding, but you won't be forced to upgrade to Windows 10. You should be able to put that off until you are ready to do so.
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  3. #3


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    I have bought one of my keys from g2a.com, they currently have 8.1 Pro for about $20.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...h-g2a-com.html
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  4. #4


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    I have bought one of my keys from g2a.com, they currently have 8.1 Pro for about $20.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...h-g2a-com.html
    Too much skepticism on that link from others here, but i have bought few games from them with no issues at all there trust ratings are good.
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