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How do I know if my Windows 8.1 is genuine Windows?

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    How do I know if my Windows 8.1 is genuine Windows?


    Hi all

    I'm a newbie - my apologies if anything here is amiss, if I'm in the wrong forum etc.

    I live in Brisbane Australia. I recently purchased a new laptop, from a major retail chain, which came pre-loaded with Windows 8.1. I assumed as soon as I did a few Windows updates after activating the product I'd get the "Get Win 10" app installed and I could find out whether my machine would run Win 10, I could reserve an upgrade etc. (I didn't make notes as I was setting up the machine and it's a week or so in the past now so now I can't remember if I was asked to activate the Windows or not).

    The upshot was I never got the app - to this day.

    On the Microsoft communities forum, I was pointed to the FAQ page for Win 10 which I visited. One thing said there was if you weren't running genuine Windows, you wouldn't get the app. I tried to follow advice I found in various places online to establish whether my OS was genuine 8.1. One indicator mentioned was a Windows sticker on the machine. Mine doesn't have one. There's one of the "Intel inside" stickers, and an "AMD Raedon" and an "energy star" one but nothing else.

    There was also advice to go through control panel to look for a window with system info. I did this and it seems like the genuine examples shown in screenshots online except there was no expected link to further info on the OS, just to terms and Conditions.

    I thought there might be (in the Windows or Microsoft Support web pages somewhere) a "click and test" page for checking whether your OS is genuine Windows. Anyone able to help me here?

    Many thanks

    ausgumbie

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  2. #2


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Make sure to buy Windows or a PC with Windows preinstalled either directly from Microsoft or from a local or online retail store that you know and trust. Also look for key features of genuine Windows, such as the Certificate of Authenticity (COA), a proof of license label, and an edge-to-edge hologram. Genuine Windows - Windows Help

    Any other papers came with System might have COA on it.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    go into your system info and see what version of windows 8.1 you are running

    only windows 8.1 and windows 8.1 Pro will get windows 10
    windows 8.1 with bing - I assume will not - as it is only cheap oem only software

    windows 8 /8.1 does not come with a coa when purchased through an oem

    you could also download > showkey plus > from Showkey - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. #4


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Hy KYHI

    All the System popup says is:
    Windows Edition
    Windows 8.1
    Then (c) Microsoft Corporation etc

    It doesn't say anything else about the version - just Windows 8.1

    Cheers
    ausgumbie
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    However - this just in...

    I have the new machine up at the moment (at uni using their bandwidth. My Telstra allowance for the month is about shot and I'm doling out what I've got over the next few days).

    The Get Win 10 icon has just appeared on the new machine's taskbar! Haven't checked what it'll say about the machine or Win 8.1 yet as on the other machine waiting for a Norton online chat about another matter. (While I have an audience, I'd just like to gratuitously add: "#$G&^KK!!()***%$^%##^^&&*&** Computers. Ah! Feel better now)

    Cheers

    ausgumbie
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  6. #6


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Sometimes it takes awhile after windows update for Windows 10 icon to appear, happened to me on a reinstall of Windows 8.1 recently. May of not received all the required updates yet too.
    Assume means you are good...............
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Awww

    I just typed a reply and hit "Mark as Solved" thinking it would post the reply at the same time. Learning Curve! Didn't. OK, long reply short...

    My new machine's "Get Win 10" app said system and file requirements were good and I managed to reserve Win 10 without setting off alarms. I'm assuming for the moment this means my Win 8.1 is genuine - we'll see come upgrade time.

    Many thanks guys!

    Fingers crossed,
    ausgumbie
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  8. #8


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Glad all is good, YW !
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by ausgumbie View Post
    Awww

    I just typed a reply and hit "Mark as Solved" thinking it would post the reply at the same time. Learning Curve! Didn't. OK, long reply short...

    My new machine's "Get Win 10" app said system and file requirements were good and I managed to reserve Win 10 without setting off alarms. I'm assuming for the moment this means my Win 8.1 is genuine - we'll see come upgrade time.

    Many thanks guys!

    Fingers crossed,
    ausgumbie
    Don't mean to burst your bubble, but that app merely checks compatibility... not so much genuiness... we'll only know that on the 29th once we try to activate the download from windows update. Having said that if you got your PC from a reputable retail chain, no need to worry.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    How do I know if my Windows 8.1 is genuine Windows?


    Hi all

    Just thought I'd drop back in to say all is well - well, as well as it is on average for everyone else post-upgrade.

    My 8.1 must have been genuine because I upgraded and am now having all the character-building experiences of other upgraders.

    Cheers

    ausgumbie
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