Windows 8.1 bios key to Windows 10 new drive OK?


  1. Posts : 417
    Windows 10 1803
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    Windows 8.1 bios key to Windows 10 new drive OK?


    Picking up Dell Latitude with a BIOS key Win 8.1 Pro. Installing Windows 10 from media on new drive, will it activate Windows 10 still?
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    cognus said:
    Picking up Dell Latitude with a BIOS key Win 8.1 Pro. Installing Windows 10 from media on new drive, will it activate Windows 10 still?

    Well, last year I bought a used a Dell Lattitude that had never had W10 on it. Must have been an ex-business machine, wiped by their IT then given a corporate image of 32-bit Windows 7 (what a waste, could only use the first 4GB of its 8GB RAM).

    That had a W8.1 key in the bios. A clean install of W10 found the bios key and activated from it just fine. Recent reports say that upgrading W7 to W10 still activates, so W8.1 should be no problem.
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  3. Posts : 417
    Windows 10 1803
    Thread Starter
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    thx. that is what my last experience was also, but its been awhile so thought I'd get a second opine.
    appreciated
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