1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    W10 Pro 64 bit
       22 Jul 2015 #1

    W8.1/W10 dual use, same product key?

    On my desktop I have a number of removable storage racks in which I can
    slip disks in and out in cold swap fashion. This arrangement makes it easy for
    me to use different versions of operating systems without having to deal with
    the complexity of virtual machines.

    Im running W8.1 Pro 64 bit on a SSD as my main production system. This SSD
    hosts only the operating system and installed programs. All my data resides
    elsewhere. I have cloned this SSD to another SSD which I plan to use to upgrade
    W8.1 to W10 when W10 reaches my part of the world. Since I havent taken part in
    the Insider Program, I need a few months to ascertain if W10 is worth using as
    my main production system. During that time I want to continue using W8.1 as my
    main production system.

    My question is, will W8.1 still work after I have used its product key to
    upgrade to W10? I guess W8.1 will still start but will it be able to receive
    security updates after the upgrade to W10?

    Many thanks for any insight.
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  2. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       22 Jul 2015 #2

    An upgrade replaces the system it upgrades. If you do 8>10, then you have no rights to use 8 again, unless within a reasonable time, you choose to remove 10 and return your system to 8. You cannot start with an OS and and upgrade and end up with 2 OSs.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 16
    W10 Pro 64 bit
       23 Jul 2015 #3

    Thanks FafHrd for the clarification. Of course, I do not intend to run W8.1 in parallel with W10 forever. Only a couple of months while Im checking out W10. I will eventually abandon either 8.1 or 10. How long will I be allowed to run them in parallel, if at all?
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  4. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,352
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       23 Jul 2015 #4

    Answer is the same as what I gave you here: W8.1/W10 dual use, same product key?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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