Install Windows 10 Pro using Windows 8 Pro key? (NOT 8.1)

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  1.    23 May 2016 #11

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The option to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 8 product key will only be free until July 29th.
    Yeah that was motivation for ordering this system / parts now to avoid the cost of a full Windows 10 license.

    Personally I think it is crazy that they are going to charge US$119 for a Windows 10 license from July 30. Why not just make it $50?

    I have done about 20 upgrades from 7 or 8.1 for friends and family since the Win 10 launch last year. Will be sad to see that business go.
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  2.    23 May 2016 #12

    That's been the price of all recent Windows versions, in terms of being full retail.
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  3.    24 May 2016 #13

    ShowsOn said: View Post
    The idea of activating 10 Pro with an 8 Pro upgrade key seems too good to be true.
    I think that you are right these days!

    It is an actual Windows 8 Pro Upgrade key designed to upgrade from Windows 7 (and maybe from Vista?). It isn't just to upgrade from 8 to 8 Pro.
    When Windows 8 Pro came out I got two update keys which I used for clean installs. However when I tried to do a new clean install, the update key I used would not work. The error message said I had to do an update. To get the W8 Pro key to work I first had to install a retail copy of Windows 7. The tricky bit was that Windows 7 did not contain any drivers for the Ethernet and USB ports on my new motherboard, and I don't have a DVD drive. Once I had Windows 7 and then W8.1 Pro activated I was able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, and once that was activated I could then do clean installs of W10 Pro 32 and 64 bit versions.
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