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  1.    15 Jul 2015 #31
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    If you purchased Win8/8.1 to upgrade win7 - reinstall win7 on your PC and upgrade it to win 10
    Since you purchased win8/8.1 you can now transfer the key to another non-free-upgradable PC
    then update that to win10 also

    I see no reason to supercede a windows 8/8.1 product key to windows 10 > on a machine (PC) that already had windows 7 installed
    Save your retail windows 8/8.1 key (from being superceded to windows 10 on that PC) and use it (transfer it) where it can be better used
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  2.    15 Jul 2015 #32
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 17,165
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyhi View Post
    If you purchased Win8/8.1 to upgrade win7 - reinstall win7 on your PC and upgrade it to win 10
    Since you purchased win8/8.1 you can now transfer the key to another non-free-upgradable PC
    then update that to win10 also

    I see no reason to supercede a windows 8/8.1 product key to windows 10 > on a machine (PC) that already had windows 7 installed
    Save your retail windows 8/8.1 key (from being superceded to windows 10 on that PC) and use it (transfer it) where it can be better used
    Yes, that should work for a full version of Windows 8/8.1, but not for an upgrade copy. Unless, of course, you already have another Windows 7 to put the upgrade on.
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  3.    15 Jul 2015 #33
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 1,624
    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Yes, that should work for a full version of Windows 8/8.1, but not for an upgrade copy. Unless, of course, you already have another Windows 7 to put the upgrade on.
    Just to mention the possible (but probably illegal):

    How to Perform a Clean Install of Windows 8.1 With a Windows 8 Key

    This works with a Win 8 upgrade key.

    I've used it to avoid having to install Win7, followed by an upgrade to 8 and then to 8.1.

    (Having to download and install > 1GB of Windows updates to bring 8.1 up-to-date is enough punishment in itself.)
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  4.    15 Jul 2015 #34
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Land of 10,000 lakes
    Posts : 10,382
    W10 Pro, W10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Just to mention the possible (but probably illegal):

    How to Perform a Clean Install of Windows 8.1 With a Windows 8 Key

    This works with a Win 8 upgrade key.

    I've used it to avoid having to install Win7, followed by an upgrade to 8 and then to 8.1.

    (Having to download and install > 1GB of Windows updates to bring 8.1 up-to-date is enough punishment in itself.)
    I feel your pain! I just did a clean install of W8.1 Pro a couple of weeks ago. It really did a number on my monthly data allotment.
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