Activate Windows 10 with Windows 8.1 key

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Lucas Rey, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Lucas Rey

    Lucas Rey MDL Member

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    #1 Lucas Rey, Aug 22, 2015
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    Hello all,
    I have an original Windows 8.1 key. Is it possible to activate Windows 10 with this key without install 8.1 and then upgrade to 10?

    I come from Win 8.1 already upgraded to Win 10 Pro, but for unknown reason today Windows lost the activation. I don't want to start from scratch and I'm searching a way to use my original 8.1 key in Win 10, obliviously without using KMS tools.

    Thanks
    Lucas
     
  2. freiwald

    freiwald MDL Member

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    No it's not possible.
    Do the Upgrade, after that you can do a clean install without entering any key.
    You will automaticly get activated after going online for the First time because of your Hardware id
     
  3. Lucas Rey

    Lucas Rey MDL Member

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    Damn! Ok, I'll find another way.
    Just curios what happens if I extract the key from Windows 10 after upgrade from 8.1. :g:
    Probably is the same, but not usable for new installation!
     
  4. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    Other people before you were also curious. Many of them. There are lots of posts and discussions on this forum about how product keys work (or don't work) with the Windows 10 upgrade. You don't need to reinvent the wheel. Search and you shall find.
     
  5. freiwald

    freiwald MDL Member

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    there will only be a generic install key in your system. there is no key for activation. you can extract the key and use it to install it but it will not activate anything. only your hardware id will activate your windows AFTER you did the upgrade from 7/8 to 10
     
  6. fkar

    fkar MDL Recognized Advisor

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    Only way to get Windows 10 free is you have to install Windows 8.1 and activate using your key. Then upgrade to 10.

    Enjoy :)
     
  7. pauldamo

    pauldamo MDL Senior Member

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    was the 8.1 pro as well, how did you upgrade?
     
  8. lobo11

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  9. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    WoW, I just changed RAM from 24GB's to 32GB's and now it says I'm not activated, anyone have a telephone number for MS activation. I would have had backup copies but just brought Acronis 2016 for Win 10, this was right after installing RAM, I deleted old backups not knowing if they would work with new one, make new one, which I have on now, still not activated, I need to call MS if someone has a number:confused:
     
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  10. SpeedDream

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  11. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    #11 lobo11, Aug 22, 2015
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    I'm in US so that's probably not for me but thanks:D


    I've got backups of 8.1 Pro and Win 10 after clean install, with no programs on it, you think it's still activated:D
     
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  12. eemuler

    eemuler MDL Member

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    What else did you change besides the RAM? AFAIK the HWID allows you to change two items from the list - CPU, motherboard, RAM, HDD, graphics card.... If you need to change more, try changing them one at a time, i.e. change one, wait a few days for the new HW configuration to 'take', and then change the next item. For more help, try the gaming forums - those guys keep upgrading their hardware, so they'll have first-hand info.
     
  13. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    Incorrect. Different items are weighted differently, some of them you can change several of them and not have to reactivate (e.g. RAM + graphics card), some you have to reactivate after just changing one (e.g. motherboard change causes activation to be lost).
     
  14. Don

    Don MDL Expert

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    I get more and more amazed at how people are trying to steal a free OS..it's free people, why the hell do you care about extracting keys to begin with? Unless of course you are running windows 3 or ME or vista in which case it's time to buy a new pc anyway.
     
  15. endbase

    endbase MDL Guru

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    U can use slui 4 if you want for a free toll number :tea:
     
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