Will I be able to use windows 8 key to fresh install on 8.1 ?

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  1. Super001

    Super001 MDL Member

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    #1 Super001, Oct 11, 2013
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    Hello

    I have Windows 8 key , will be able to use it on fresh install of Win 8.1 ?

    Thanks
     
  2. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    It only works on an indirect way. You have to install 8.1 with generic key first and after that, you can use your genuine 8 key for activation
     
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    ian82 MDL Expert

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  4. panchop

    panchop MDL Member

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    This question is answered so many times. Pleasu use the search!
     
  5. lgj1952

    lgj1952 MDL Member

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    You can also add a ei.cfg file in the source folder to avoid having to enter the key during installation. Include the following in Notepad and save as ei.cfg.

    [EditionID]
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
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  6. A30N

    A30N MDL Novice

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    Can I buy a Windows 8 upgrade key and use it in this manner? I installed 8.1 with a default key. I just got a job at an electronic store that sells windows 8 upgrade licenses, so I will be able to get an employee discount on top of that.