So I am building a new pc soon, or more specifically changing my motherboard, video card, case, cpu, re using my ram, psu, hard drive (as storage) and adding a new 512gb ssd as main drive ( ). I don't really like windows 8 because it feels alien from the windows 7 I have grown so used too, but if I want directx 12 when its released and all that other stuff, I have to use windows 8, and I was the same way about windows 7 when it came out so I guess I just need to give windows 8 a try. I have known about the early windows 8 activation methods when it was very first released because I had activated a few of my friends windows 8 because they didn't want to spend any money. However it seems a lot of things have changed and a lot of the past methods are no longer viable. I have done my research so I see there is no best way to activate windows 8 (for free) and it seems kms activation (kmspico, kmsautonet and microsoft tool kit) is the most accepted activation method. However while browsing for a more "cemented" activation I came across this thread named "Best windows 8.1 activation method" (im not allowed posting links yet ) At post #10 I see someone says: Then at post #12: And at post #13: Poster #13 just posted a link to post #21 in a thread called "Convert from Windows 8.1 VL to Windows 8.1 Pro to Upgrade to 8.1 w/WMC" Which says I looked more into this, but I either can't wrap my head around what I found and was being discussed or couldn't concrete information. I don't have a legit WMC key yet, but I don't mind buying one if it is only $10-$20. So far I have downloaded Murphy78's all in one windows 8 iso with september updates iso from a torrent site, from what I see, it looks like I can install preactivated windows 8.1 PRO w/ WMC. So what I wanted to do is install windows 8.1, (kms activated or not) and then use a legit WMC key to activate my windows (so I don't have to rely on kmspico). However from what I read it's not that simple, what other steps am I missing and would have to take? The reason I prefer this over just kms activation is because I would feel a lot better having genuine windows because kms activations can be patched any time, plus the activation has to be renewed so anything can go wrong, I know it will be good for a while but I plan on using my PC for a while lol. I'm a university student so I don't have the money to spare on the full windows 8 license , I'm just looking for super bargains on pc parts to upgrade atm lol, only had enough for the ssd so far, I get it tomorrow, so I plan to install windows 8 on the SSD and hopefully get it activated depending on whether or not if I can figure out what to do xD. I read a lot of stuff about token and other stuff I didn't understand due to me a being a newb in this kind of scene, so I would appreciate any help offered, thanks!