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Would a Windows 8 key work on 8.1 disc?

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1 year ago#1
I bought Windows 8 shortly after its release when Microsoft was selling them cheap. I recently built my brother a computer and used a newer 8.1 disc. I was wondering if I could make a personal copy of his disc and use my product key from Windows 8. That way next time I do a fresh install I can skip having to download the 8.1update.
1 year ago#2
Should be fine, windows 8.1 is just an upgrade to windows 8. If you had vanilla windows 8, its just a free upgrade like a service pack and what not
1 year ago#3
foodeater4 posted...
Should be fine, windows 8.1 is just an upgrade to windows 8. If you had vanilla windows 8, its just a free upgrade like a service pack and what not


Yes, but you can't install Windows 8.1 from disk/USB/.iso with a Windows 8 key without converting the key, so there actually is not straight up crossover between keys despite the fact that the upgrade is free.

TC, I think someone once posted a key converter but I'll have to look for it. Otherwise you cannot install 8.1 directly from an 8 key, though you can install 8 and immediately update/upgrade for free after install.
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