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Is Win 8 Pro Volume license eligible for upgrade to Win 10

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Is Win 8 Pro Volume license eligible for upgrade to Win 10


    Hi,

    I bought a used Laptop and recently found out that it has Volume license Win 8 Pro, which does not allow for Win 8.1 Upgrade... really painful to miss out on some useful apps that only for 8.1

    To make thing worst, my license seems to expire in about 6 months. Does anyone know if Volume License Win 8 Pro can be upgraded to Win 10 ?

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi... just found out that Win 8 is not to be upgraded at all!

    "We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!"
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Volume Licensing [much the same as Enterprise] usually purchased by businesses and can have an expiration, at that point would require buying and installing a different version. About the cheapest I've seen: Windows 8 Microsoft Windows 8 Retail Microsoft Windows 8 System Builder
    Be aware the System Builder/OEM version gets tied to the computer it's first installed on. The Retail version can be installed a second time on a Replacement computer, can't be on 2 computers at the same time.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for your help Berton. Much appreciated.
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    You're welcome.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    What OS did the laptop ship with from the factory? Is there a COA sticker on it with a product code you could use to install the original version of Windows it shipped with from the factory? Don't forget to look under the battery.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi,

    The laptop is a Thinkpad Helix, it has very minimal stickers on it.

    Its comes with a Win 8 Pro sticker, thats it, no Windows product code. There is a Lenovo product code, which I was able to check the warranty information, which works fine but no way for me to restore to original OS either.

    I think it did come with an original OEM Win 8 Pro, but someone reinstalled the laptop before selling it to me

    I tried to reach lenovo on several forum trying to find a way to reset this to original factory, but seems no answer from anyone.

    Thanks
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    The laptop is a Thinkpad Helix, it has very minimal stickers on it.
    Its comes with a Win 8 Pro sticker, thats it, no Windows product code. There is a Lenovo product code, which I was able to check the warranty information, which works fine but no way for me to restore to original OS either.
    I think it did come with an original OEM Win 8 Pro, but someone reinstalled the laptop before selling it to me
    I tried to reach lenovo on several forum trying to find a way to reset this to original factory, but seems no answer from anyone.
    One explanation:
    No Windows 8 product key stickers = legitimate customers pay. Class action lawsuit? [Solved] - Windows 8 - Windows 8
    More on Google Search:
    https://www.google.com/search?site=&....0.arEiHo_XmSg
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by quoc View Post
    Hi,

    The laptop is a Thinkpad Helix, it has very minimal stickers on it.

    Its comes with a Win 8 Pro sticker, thats it, no Windows product code. There is a Lenovo product code, which I was able to check the warranty information, which works fine but no way for me to restore to original OS either.

    I think it did come with an original OEM Win 8 Pro, but someone reinstalled the laptop before selling it to me

    I tried to reach lenovo on several forum trying to find a way to reset this to original factory, but seems no answer from anyone.

    Thanks
    Your product code is embedded in your BIOS. Option one here will get you install media that will read and use it. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    If the sticker says 8 Pro download 8.1 Pro, it will use the 8.0 Pro product code. That download will let you create UEFI compatible install media. I like to use USB thumb drives myself.
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for your help.

    One question. I'm prepared to download the Win 8.1 ISO as you have pointed out above, and I understand that the product key will be pulled from the BIOS, so it will be automatically detected.

    However there is a risk that this original version of Windows comes with the machines is a volume licensed one, which does not allow upgrade to Win 8.1. So while it can get the key from BIOS it will fail at upgrade.

    Please advise if my understanding is correct? If correct, then I guess the only way to get the upgrade is to actually purchase a new Win 8 Pro.

    So I Guess the question is: How do I know what is the original version is before installing the downloaded version.

    Thanks!
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