Activate win 8,1 with win 8 upgrade key

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by GTR, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. GTR

    GTR MDL Novice

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    Will be a problem if I clean install the 8.1 before the intended date using the key 8 pro that is for upgrading from legacy operating?
     
  2. Comandante

    Comandante Guest

    No, I did so, when GA update is available update via store or windows update.
     
  3. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    No it wouldn't be a problem. I used my Windows 8 Pro Upgrade key to do numerous clean installs to both 8 and 8.1
     
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  4. Belarathon

    Belarathon MDL Senior Member

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    Is that a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade key as in, upgrading existing Windows 8 installation, or an Upgrade key used to upgrade XP/Vista/W7?
     
  5. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    You can use 8.0 upgrade key on 8.1 without problems.
     
  6. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I had Windows 7 shipped with my laptop. I took the offer of Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 8 for 15 USD and since I had Windows 7 Pro, I got the Win 8 Pro upgrade key. But these days upgrade keys work on a fresh installation not like in the past where you had to insert your previous OS DVD or key first. It works on a fresh install.

    The only diff. of the ugprade key is rather than buying it at full price, you provided MS with your Win 7 key at check out so they gave you the discounted upgrade key but it works on a fresh installation just fine
     
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