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Windows 8 Version Question

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    Windows 8 Version Question


    When windows 8 came out i brought it as a digital download and burned it to disk. It was brought for my wife's laptop to replace windows 7 that was installed then updated to 8.1 but it never worked right and the wife didn't like it so i reinstalled Windows 7 and the windows 8 disk was left in my desk draw. Is there a way can i tell if the Windows 8 disk is retail, oem or an upgrade without installing the operating system. I brought it at a preorder price of i think £14.99.

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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by voyagerxp View Post
    Is there a way can i tell if the Windows 8 disk is retail, oem or an upgrade without installing the operating system.
    It does not matter.

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link

    Note: This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys, both OEM and retail (for example, "Windows 8 Pro $15/$40 Upgrade Offer" product key)
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    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by voyagerxp View Post
    When windows 8 came out i brought it as a digital download and burned it to disk. It was brought for my wife's laptop to replace windows 7 that was installed then updated to 8.1 but it never worked right and the wife didn't like it so i reinstalled Windows 7 and the windows 8 disk was left in my desk draw. Is there a way can i tell if the Windows 8 disk is retail, oem or an upgrade without installing the operating system. I brought it at a preorder price of i think £14.99.
    If it would ask for a key, run this script first to get your key-

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs
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  4. #4


    I've got the key, i have been building a htpc and i've was thinking of eventually installing this Windows 8 and then upgrading to 10.
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    Windows 10


    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link

    After the installation is completed, Windows 8.1 will be activated automatically, if the internet connection is up and running.

    Note: If Windows is not activated and the activation page shows the message (see screenshot below): This product key is being used on another PC. Please try a different key.

    Then see this link for instructions: How to transfer Windows 8/8.1 license to new computer.

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