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Windows 8 Product Key Question

minedwiz

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In December, I purchased Windows 8 pro to put on my laptop, which had previously run Windows 7. I bought the full retail box edition, as far as I can tell, as the box simply says "Windows 8 Pro" on the front, not "upgrade," and it has both a product key plus 32/64-bit DVDs inside.

I decided, however, that I didn't like it on my laptop, and so I used its recovery partition to re-install Windows 7. I'm going to be building a brand new desktop soon to replace my i7-940 setup, so my question is this: can I use the same product key that I got with my Windows 8 pro box, or do I need to buy a new one? I'd hope that since this product key isn't in use, it should be reusable, but I head that Windows 8 changed some things as far as licensing goes.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-940
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX 480
    Browser
    Firefox

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mvp
Hello minedwiz, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

Unless it has "System Builder" on the box, then it's most likely an upgrade copy of Windows 8.

Do you have another Windows product key that you are no longer using?

If not, then you will not be able to legally install and activate the upgrade Windows 8 since you are supposed to replace (no longer use) the Windows 7 according to the EULA.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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