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Do Windows 8 Licenses work the same way in a Surface Pro?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Do Windows 8 Licenses work the same way in a Surface Pro?


    Hi there,

    I got a Surface Pro last month. It had a 8GB partition for the system's default restoration which I transferred to an SD card before merging that space with my C: drive.

    Considering the unreliability of SD cards and the fact that this will be pointless past June 30th because I won't be able to get updates if I install 8.1, I was looking into other alternatives. Although I did back my partition with Clonezilla after I was done installing everything, it would be nice to be able to do a fresh install if needed. Since I do own a Windows 8 license, I should be able to install Windows 8.1 from a disc (I have external DVD drive) using my key code that I discovered after running Belarc Advisor.

    Anyone has any idea if this would work?

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    If it's an RT system --then no. The newer surface pro's which are Windows will work exactly like windows --if you change the built in version that came with the device (you'll have to disable protected boot first) then a retail copy will install OK. Backup though just like you would a regular PC. It will also work just like a windows PC regarding updates etc.

    For RT all bets are off - and that whole RT system doesn't actually look very long for this world either.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #3


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    @Jimbo - Surface Pros, regardless of which generation, all run full Windows. It's the non-Pro models that run RT.
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  4. #4


    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    The Surface Pro is a Standard Windows 8 Pro installation, as I understand it - complete with the BIOS Key and everything.
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