Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip

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  1. Posts : 4
    win 8.1
       #1

    Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip


    Hi guys,
    original win 8 updated to 8.1
    what to do?
    the key from win 8 doesn't work
    tried install from the booting usb, but also can't skip
    tried istalling from the media creation tool, went to 100% and nothing happened. did it 3 times.
    Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip-win10.jpg
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  2. Posts : 3,865
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #2

    what version of windows 10 did you download ??
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  3. Posts : 4
    win 8.1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Windows 10 pro N x64
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  4. Posts : 14,597
    Windows 10 IoT
       #4

    If your not running Windows 8.1 Pro, you need 10 Home, not 10 Pro. 8.1 Core gets you 10 Home, 8.1 Pro gets you 10 Pro. "N" means no Media Player? You know that right?
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  5. Posts : 17,348
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    qldeblade said:
    Windows 10 pro N x64
    That's the problem. You need Windows 10 pro for 64 bit without the N. The N means without media player for other countries it isn't licensed in.
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  6. Posts : 13,950
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #6

    Enter winver from a elevated command prompt.
    Post resulting output here.

    Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip-winverwin7.jpg

    This is fromn a Win 7 system but output will be similar.
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  7. Posts : 47
    Windows 10
       #7

    qldeblade said:
    Hi guys,
    original win 8 updated to 8.1
    what to do?
    the key from win 8 doesn't work
    tried install from the booting usb, but also can't skip
    tried istalling from the media creation tool, went to 100% and nothing happened. did it 3 times.
    Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip-win10.jpg
    Also, are you upgrading from the Windows update version or the .iso? You have to install the free upgrade from Update before doing a clean install with the .iso. If you don't you need to purchase a product key.
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  8. Posts : 17,348
    Windows 11 Pro
       #8

    Ztruker said:
    Enter winver from a elevated command prompt.
    Just for future reference, winver doesn't need an elevated command prompt. It can even be run just by typing it into search.
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  9. Posts : 4
    win 8.1
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Ok, So I am downloading now the win10 x64 pro, without 'N'
    Win 8.1 -> 10 asks for the product key and can't skip-winver.jpg

    So the thing is I had windows 7 installed and I didn't do clean install, I have upgraded. Then it was all fine, windows 10 was working it was activated.
    Then I decided to do a clean install because I wanted to have faster pc (it was one year after I bought it and had no reinstalls)
    I waited a day, just to be sure that when I install win10 again it will be in my bios and will know the product key.
    After a clean install it didn't want to activate windows10 for 2 days so I decided to install win7 again and then upgrade it to win10.
    Didn't work, wanted a key. So I installed win8, upgraded it to win8.1 and now I am trying to install on it win10.
    I am so stupid, I should have stayed with win10 when I had it.
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  10. Posts : 17,348
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    qldeblade said:
    I waited a day, just to be sure that when I install win10 again it will be in my bios and will know the product key.
    Windows 10 will not write any product key to your BIOS nor will it read Windows 7/8/8.1 keys from bios.
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