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update 8 to 8.1 ..will i need ''product key' info?

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    update 8 to 8.1 ..will i need ''product key' info?


    win 8/ 64 bit:
    been reading about requirement for ''product key''.. i do not have Win. 8 'pro'' ...but reading on these boards of people being asked for 'product key' - OEM - in order to complete the update to 8.1..... or is that requirement only for those trying to update to 8.1 ''pro' version? thanks in advance - Edythe

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    Chances are you will use "Windows 8.1" setup media > Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
    or "Windows 10" setup media > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/techbench

    Unless you have a Windows * PRO Product Key...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifetec View Post
    SORRY tried to understand it all and i'm too confused .... i saw the 'steps' but still don't know if i'll have to have use my OEM key ... the retail store did my install and set up.... that's all i know... i have win. 8 (NOT PRO) I know that much - so if i go to Store and have it do the install when it's finished and before i can use the computer again will i need to enter the product key ? i don't want to do the entire download only to find out at the end in order to 'finish' the install i will need that key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Chances are you will use "Windows 8.1" setup media > Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
    or "Windows 10" setup media > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/techbench
    --------------------------
    Unless you have a Windows * PRO Product Key...
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    SORRY tried to understand it all and i'm too confused .... i saw the 'steps' but still don't know if i'll have to have use my OEM key ... the retail store did my install and set up.... that's all i know... i have win. 8 (NOT PRO) I know that much - so if i go to Store and have it do the install when it's finished and before i can use the computer again will i need to enter the product key ? i don't want to do the entire download only to find out at the end in order to 'finish' the install i will need that key.
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    ShowKeyPlus in my sig below will retrieve the product key from the OS and Bios..
    Click Save and it will create a text file with the key information...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    ShowKeyPlus in my sig below will retrieve the product key from the OS and Bios..
    Click Save and it will create a text file with the key information...
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    OK FOUND it - thanks so much - but still ....will i have to type-in the 'key' to finish the installation of 8.1 ? or is it on a case by case situation ? (and thus, better to have in 'just in case?)... thanks again
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    better to have just in case.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    better to have just in case.....
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    can't argue with that logic - i do have Lenovo Wn 8 drivers pac V1 ...if i load it will 'key' be displayed anywhere? could i 'hurt' anything by loading it !? also have the UBS backup i made of Win. also - anywhere on 'that' showing 'key' ? thanks again
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    No the Key will not be needed for Driver Pack..
    The key is in the backup windows OS on the USB - But would have to restore the backup to the PC, to get it..
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