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    windows 8 activation question


    I have a custom built computer and I want to know if I buy windows 8 can I move it pc to pc? If no what happens if I change my motherboard or the SSD with windows on it? Is there anyway to be capable of changing some of my parts without having problem with windows license?

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    Hello Vincent,

    The upgrade Windows 8 has a retail product key number, so you will be able to use it to activate on any computer. You of course must have it removed from any other computer before activating on another computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    So should I go with Microsoft Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, English: Amazon.ca: Software or Canada Computers | Software | Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-Bit English OEM

    they are about the same price
    If I take the upgrade can I install it without having a os already install
    note: right now I am running a windows 8 trial
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    Do you have a product key number for a qualifying OS to use to verify when installing the OS from using a retail upgrade installation DVD?
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    If you mean a windows xp product key that is not use, yes I have one.
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    That'll work then.

    The tutorial below will show you how to do a clean install with an upgrade Windows 8.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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    I took the upgrade and it works.

    Thanks
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    Great news. You're welcome.
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