Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 Product Key & Activtion

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by wessonster, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. wessonster

    wessonster MDL Novice

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    I have the original Windows 8 Upgrade Key which I purchased directly from Microsoft. I have used this key to do a fresh install of Windows 8 on my PC (using registry hacks).

    My question is:
    1. Will I be able to use the same Windows 8 Key on Windows 8.1 when I do I clean install of Windows 8.1 using the original Microsoft ISO?
    2. If I cannot do a clean install of Windows 8.1 using my Windows 8 Key, will I be able to first install Windows 8, then upgrade to Windows 8.1 and do a complete reset to bring Windows 8.1 as it has just been newly installed?

    If none of the above mentioned scenarios will work, can you please suggest a way by which I can install Windows 8.1 and using my legit Windows 8 key to activate?

    Thank You
     
  2. wessonster

    wessonster MDL Novice

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    Hi okaytomy,
    Thank you for the quick and precise response but I just wanted to be doubly sure that the process you mentioned works and is a 100% safe because I will need to format my current installation and then install Windows 8.1. Also, I have just one original upgrade key and if that gets blocked, I'll be in a soup.

    Please confirm that it is safe to install using the aforementioned method.

    Thank You..
     
  3. Nucleus

    Nucleus MDL Guru

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    In situations like this when you're worried about being left with an un-anctivated system, why not play it safe? Get yourself a copy of Acronis True Image (you only need the boot CD) - or some other reputable drive imaging software, and image your boot drive, then you can experiment all you like, installing and trying to activate whatever. You have an image of your working setup backed up should you need to restore it.

    Or go down the VM route for experimenting.

    Edit: Various software for drive imaging currently under discussion - this thread.
     
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  4. orca99

    orca99 MDL Junior Member

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    what kind of confirmation are you looking for...like a letter of certification? the method you've described has been mentioned at least several dozen times to be working for the past couple days all over this forum. if you're so concerned, just make an image of your current setup before installing 8.1. about losing your key (or your key getting blocked), you have nothing to worry about since you've purchased the key from MS. if the key gets blocked, you can always get one from MS.
     
  5. newme

    newme MDL Novice

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    You don't have to worry. This method is absolutely safe! I tried this on my machines and everything is just fine.
    If online activation goes wrong, you can always try phone activation which works faultlessly if you have a legitimate key.
    So, good luck!
     
  6. Nucleus

    Nucleus MDL Guru

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    ROFL ! :rofl6:
     
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  7. Markee

    Markee MDL Novice

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    When Windows8 was first released I snagged a copy of MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT

    I activated it over the phone I can't remember where i actually got the key but its been activated with no issues from day one.

    Is there anyways to check my current working Win8 key to see if it's legit enough to at-least phone validate after i do a clean install of MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT ?
     
  8. wessonster

    wessonster MDL Novice

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    Thank You guys, appreciate all the help. I will take the create system image/windows 8.1 experimentation route. I hope the inbuilt Windows 7 method of creating a system image works!
     
  9. daisy12

    daisy12 MDL Novice

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    Nice ! It is very easy to install and then use an activation from searching for *** windows 8 key sale ^^^ on Bing,it works fine ,thx!:)